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How To Peel a Head of Garlic in 20 Seconds!

By p1mkw
June 5, 2015

Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn't it? But you can do it.

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flaflwrgrl
Jun 4, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Apparently you did. What a fantastic tip! I'm going to try it. Thank you.
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chelle
Jun 4, 2015 7:22 PM CST
Oh! I can't wait to try this! Hurray!
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Jun 4, 2015 7:22 PM CST
Thank you very much for this wonderful tip! We'll be trying it this this weekend! Thank You! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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RickCorey
Jun 4, 2015 7:33 PM CST
I have some super heirloom garlic coming from DrDawg and look forward to this method!

What do you preserve whole cloves in? Rice vinegar?

Sometimes I make garlic-flavored vodka with hot chili pepper powder. It would be a nice touch to leave one whole clove in the bottle, like a tequila-worm.
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p1mkw
Jun 5, 2015 4:19 AM CST
Thank you all for your kind words and acorns. I have had great success using this technique to peel garlic ... hope it works for all of you as well. I'd like to take credit for discovering this on my own, but that's not the case ... saw this on youtube and had to try it.

Rick, I, too, have some garlic coming from DrDawg and can't wait! I usually keep garlic in olive oil until I'm ready to use it, but I'm going to try pickling some of it when I get the 'mother-lode' from the Doctor lol. The vodka sounds interesting ... I may have to look into that.
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crittergarden
Jun 5, 2015 7:47 AM CST
man, you just saved me a lot of prep time!
Thank You!
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crittergarden
Jun 5, 2015 7:48 AM CST
p1mkw said:Rick, I, too, have some garlic coming from DrDawg and can't wait! I usually keep garlic in olive oil until I'm ready to use it.


And YOU just saved me tying that!
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wildflowers
Jun 5, 2015 8:33 AM CST
This will come in handy when planting garlic cloves!! Thumbs up Thank You!
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p1mkw
Jun 5, 2015 8:51 AM CST
crittergarden said:man, you just saved me a lot of prep time!
Thank You!


Well, the key is the 'vigorous' shaking. Really shake it up. I found that using more than 1 head at a time requires a little more time, but still so much faster than peeling each individual clove.
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Lestv
Jun 5, 2015 10:28 AM CST
Does it have to be metal bowls? I am a bit short of those.
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p1mkw
Jun 5, 2015 1:01 PM CST
I've never tried using a glass bowl ... I really doubt plastic would work. Everything I've seen on this says to use metal bowls, but you could try something else and see ... it just might work. Let us know.
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RickCorey
Jun 5, 2015 3:52 PM CST
>> The vodka sounds interesting ... I may have to look into that

Mary, I started that in order to test some super-hot chili-pepper-powder from another ATP member (Tom Cycadjungle). Like, less than 1/64th tsp in a pint, then chill in the freezer for as long as possible. And I added 2-3 partly-crushed black peppercorns.

That's just imitating Pertsovka. In the distant past, I would add just a little cinnamon schnapps for the sweetness as well as the cinnamon. The chilis were just commercial Thai pizza-peppers, crushed coarsely.

Then I thought that Bhut Jolokia pepper-vodka needed something to broaden the flavor and make it more interesting, since otherwise some people would just flee in horror from The Booze Of Pain.

Even a little dried, granulated, no-name commercial, Chinese garlic added some great interest to my pepper-vodka. It seemed like a "sweet counterpoint" to the Bhut heat.

I'm eager to try it with "real garlic" = heirloom garlic = DrDawg-quality garlic!

Maybe then it will seem like the Bhut Jolokia pepper powder adds sweetness to DrDawg's heirloom-hot garlic!
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p1mkw
Jun 5, 2015 3:57 PM CST
Yes, I'll definitely have to try the vodka some time. Just not sure when I'll get around to it, but I'll 'star' this post so I can find it when I'm ready. Sounds like you're had some interesting vodka recipes ... I don't think I'd ever thought to put hot peppers into vodka.

Thanks, Rick.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 5, 2015 4:02 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

You're very welcome!

Originally, it was one way to make cheap vodka more interesting and palatable. Now it's the only way I like vodka!

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SarasotaPatty
Jun 22, 2015 5:15 PM CST
Rick...sounds like that hot pepper vodka would really liven up a bloody mary!!
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RickCorey
Jun 22, 2015 6:56 PM CST
Oh, Yeah! The celery sticks will give off tiny screams and try to climb out of the glass.



Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jun 22, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Mary, your peeling method works superbly!

I'm too uncoordinated to hold two bowls tightly together while I shake them, so I used an empty jar like a Mason Jar, and screwed the lid on.

Shake, shake, SHAKE your garlic!

With a glass jar you can watch it happen. My big, single clove suddenly blinked, and looked like it cloned itself in a Start Trek replicator. The skin popped off WHOLE, so that it looked like a second clove.

Now, if I can just perfect a real clove-cloner, I'll never have to buy garlic again!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 22, 2015 7:24 PM CST
Wow Rick how neat! Good for you!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 22, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Pus, after shaking the clove and dumping it, I put the lid back on. later, I opened it to rinse it out, and sniffed the most heavenly garlic perfume imaginable.

Hey, I never see that at department store perfume counters. "Eau de Garlic".



Name: Mary K
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p1mkw
Jun 22, 2015 9:49 PM CST
RickCorey said:Mary, your peeling method works superbly!

I'm too uncoordinated to hold two bowls tightly together while I shake them, so I used an empty jar like a Mason Jar, and screwed the lid on.

Shake, shake, SHAKE your garlic!

With a glass jar you can watch it happen. My big, single clove suddenly blinked, and looked like it cloned itself in a Start Trek replicator. The skin popped off WHOLE, so that it looked like a second clove.

Now, if I can just perfect a real clove-cloner, I'll never have to buy garlic again!


I like the Mason jar idea ... watching it happen would be cool. I'll have to give that a try.
Mary K.

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