Because garlic tastes amazing, but it’s the WORST to have to peel and work with. It’s sticky, it’s smelly, and it’s an annoying step in food prep. After trying out four popular hacks, here’s what we found out…
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CONS: It wasn’t that much easier. And it also steamed/cooked the garlic a little bit, which might not be ideal for your recipe.
Did it work? It wasn’t awful, but it also didn’t really make much of a difference.
The method: Soak garlic cloves in hot water for 5-10 minutes to make them easier to peel. Whisk the cloves after soaking to also help loosen the skins.
CONS: The peeling process was a little faster, but also definitely more annoying. Working with the skin was actually more difficult because they were wet and flimsy. We tried soaking the garlic for 10 minutes, but maybe they could have still used more time than that. And compared to the other hacks, this one was already the most time-consuming as is.
Did it work? This hack got rid of one annoying element of peeling garlic, but created a whole other one. It didn’t make the process much easier.
This one’s pretty popular on the internet, so we had to try it out. I was hopeful, but also pretty skeptical…
Here’s what happened after 20 seconds of shaking the garlic:
The cloves separated, but they weren’t peeled yet. This was definitely going to take more time (or maybe just more hulk-like strength and aggression issues).
I cannot emphasize enough how loud this was! It was so obnoxiously loud that I had to leave the kitchen to keep shaking this longer without driving the rest of the team crazy.
And after… SO many more seconds:
It worked… eventually. I didn’t bother counting how much longer this took me, but it was a lot longer than 20 seconds. It probably just depends on how much force you use and how mad you are that day. It’s good anger management, at the very least.
PROS: This was the only hack that peeled most of the cloves on its own, which was pretty cool. I’ve got to give it that… That’s all I can give it though.
CONS: This was still BY FAR the most annoying hack of the day. It was very loud, took a lot of physical effort, and took much more time than the internet claims it does.
Did it work? If you don’t mind a lot of noise, have some aggression you need to work out, or have freakish strength, this might be the hack for you. For us, it didn’t feel worth the effort. Sorry, internet.
This one’s pretty tried and true and is popular with a lot of chefs.
CONS: Knives are scary. That’s pretty much it. You’ve just got to be careful with this one so you don’t hurt yourself. And if you need the cloves to stay intact for your recipe, this obviously isn’t the right hack for you.
Did it work? This one is tried and true for a reason! It really works well and is a pretty easy process. This was by far the best hack of the day and the only one that I would continue using.
So, what did we find out?
Sometimes the best way to do something isn’t a flashy “hack” you find online, it’s the tried and true tricks that have been around for years. The crushing method was our favorite, but sometimes it’ll just come down to your personal preference.
That being said, we’re always up for trying and learning some new tricks! Have a cooking hack you love? Or one you’d like us to try next? Share it with us in the comments!