Kitchen preparation can be downright miserable.
One of the more unpleasant chores is peeling fresh garlic cloves but the rewards are great. So, how can an entire head of fresh garlic be stripped of its tightly bound cloves and those pesky husks be removed without getting garlic gunk under your fingernails?
Here’s the culprit: While this innocent-looking cluster of goodness imparts world-class flavor to countless dishes, it’s not much fun to wrest those delicious cloves free of the head and remove the paper-like husks.
Find a sturdy glass jar in which to place a head of garlic. The type of jar containing dry roasted peanuts works very well, or any rather tall jar the entire head will fit into.
Place the garlic head into the jar and tighten the lid.
Give the jar a couple of dozen hearty shakes up and down. The cloves will separate quite easily from the root end. Continue shaking until all the individual cloves are free.
Once the cloves are free, empty the jar and pick out the individual cloves, discarding the core and any husks. Some of the cloves will have already shed their skins but others will prove to be a bit stubborn.
Place the husked cloves in a suitable container and put the stubborn ones back into the jar for another shake or two. It won’t take long for the remainder to shed their skins.
That was easy, wasn’t it?
To be honest, when I first saw this on the internet I did not believe it but I have done this successfully on many occasions and it works.
Store the cleaned cloves in another, smaller jar, covering them with oil. Refrigerate for future use.
Now aren’t you glad you took the time to read this post?