How To Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds




SAVEUR magazine’s Executive Food Editor, Todd Coleman, shows you how to peel garlic in less than ten seconds. (It’s kind of amazing.)

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Directed by Alex Lisowski, Edited by Laura Tomaselli,

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40 thoughts on “How To Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds”

  1. I thought this video was a elaborate hoax, camera tricks, CGI, Darren Brown territory… since it made no sense whatsoever. Then I tried it, OMG, it actually worked. Grant you it took me around 10mins and I had to peel the final few. But it probably saved me good 20 mins to peel off 5 bulbs of garlic. Viva witchcraft!

  2. I didn't have two identical metal bowls, so I used one large bowl covered with a metal pan lid. The method still worked like a charm!

  3. Here is my experience with the garlic. first time I tried this all the skin did not come off and I ended up picking it out of my mouth when I ate it.
    2nd Time I used a meat tenderizer to break up the cloves. I then put them in the metal bowls .I still had to remove the skin that was directly still left on the cloves. It was time consuming but but easier than the alternative.
    There were still a few that some did not come off.

  4. NOW, I WONDER WHY HE PUT EVERYTHING INTO THE BOWL, WHY COULDN'T HE PICK JUST THE CLOVES TO STIR THEM WITHOUT THE EXTRA SKINS.
    ALSO, THE BOWLS COULD BE SMALLER, OR 1 SMALLER THAN THE OTHER OR USE A LID IF YOU DON'T HAVE 2 BOWLS.

  5. I thought he was going to smash it with his hands, that's what i do it's very easy to peel a garlic if you smash it with your hands, and much better tasting too. Raw garlic taste good with it

  6. Never hit anything with the palm of your hand as you'll pay in health when you get older.
    if you consider that the peeled garlic still has to be chopped, I think I can beat this method. First you must leave the garlic in a bucket with water, this takes you no effort at all and causes the peel to not to break to bits.
    Then I wack it with the italian mocha I have, but you can use a flat meat basher. That's it. The squashed garlic is ready to be cooked as it is, it will let the flavour out but you can take the garlic out of the dish later on if you so desire. I eat it, but aherm yeah my breath will stink.

  7. I do not peel cloves. I just cut one or two cloves in food chopper with other veggies……..eat them raw.

  8. Yes, that is the best and easiest way to peel garlic cloves. I learned it in France when I saw a French Chef doing it.

  9. This is great if you need to prepare a lot of garlic. If only a few, use the flat side of a knife to smash down on the garlic head, and then to smash down on the individual garlic pods. This will break the outer shell and makes it super easy to peel. But the garlic won't be whole, but most recipes require that you dice, cut, crush the garlic anyways

  10. alternatively, you can use some tupperware or some glass container as well. Make sure though that it's big enough for the amount of garlic you use

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