The Miracle 1-Minute Garlic Peeling Trick

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"It works. I have seen other recipe/tips for this but they lack an essential step (the trimming- and also, the lemon thing is a trick I like to use). I use a LOT of garlic being such a lover of things like curry, stir-fries, chili, and spicy foods, so you can imagine what a lifesaver this is for me. I occasionally used to buy that stuff in the jar to use in a pinch but it really was horrible. SO glad to not have to go down that road again! Share this tip with everyone you know. No one should have to fuss with garlic!"

Original recipe yields 1head serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (22 g)
  • Calories 6.8
  • Total Fat - 0 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 2.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 0.5 g
  • Protein - 0.4 g
  • Calcium - 12.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Cut the bottom stem end off the head of garlic and separate the cloves.

Step 2

Cut off the pointy tip ends of each clove and toss in a small stainless bowl (use 2 of the same size) or 2 other metal pie pans.

Step 3

Top with another bowl/pie pan of the same size, and hold them together.

Step 4

Shake the garlic for a little bit, then remove the top and pick out the peeled cloves. Damp or bruised cloves might need inspection.

Step 5

Store the garlic in the refrigerator in a little container; you can immerse it in oil (kept in refrigerator) if you like but if you cook every day or so going through this garlic should not be a problem.

Step 6

As for the lemon, rub it on your fingers and wash your hands with soap to get rid of that sticky stinky "you've been messin' with garlic" smell.

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No special items needed.

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I needed 40 cloves of garlic for a chicken dish I was making. This way of peeling literally saved the day! I have been passing this tidbit on to my coworkers.

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(7 Jul 2013)


I wanted to make up a batch of fresh garlic so I tried this and it worked! Now why didn't I think of that? Thanks for sharing your clever trick Sue. Linda

(8 Mar 2013)