This is an interesting way to peel garlic

If you've got a lot of garlic to peel, Twitter user @VPestilenZ shows how to release the cloves from both the bulb and its protective sheath quickly and easily. It looks like you'll need to poke, and then pull out, the individual cloves one by one with a paring knife (or is that a pocket knife?). Either way, be careful to not stab yourself.

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How to make garlic puree with just a knife

Here's Jacques Pépin showing how to chop garlic, and how to make garlic puree with just a knife. An important step is to remove the stem before peeling, because it makes it easy to remove the skin. Read the rest

Watch the Food Surgeon dissect a garlic bulb

Get this man to Gilroy, STAT! (The Food Surgeon)

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Simple silicone garlic peeler

I am amazed at how well this simple, silly tube of silicone works. Simply crack the outer layers of skin on a clove of garlic, pop it into the cylinder of silicone and roll. The skin comes right off. My hands don't smell of garlic.

Rinse this off in the sink, set it aside to dry and it is ready for next time. One of the most useful, overlooked $6 kitchen tools I've got!

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Have fun skinning garlic cloves with this rubber tube

Many people, including the delightful Alton Brown, dislike unitasker gadgets. I'm not one of them. What's wrong with a unitasker if it is a joy to use, and you find yourself using it frequently? Take for instance, this garlic skinner ($5). Read the rest

Garlic Twist

We’ve always used a standard, run-of-the-mill garlic press, probably just because it was what was in the drawer. It only used half the clove. It was a pain to clean. And stinky hands were hard to avoid. It’s a device whose engineering is outdated.

We were downtown recently, just having finished brunch, and decided to walk around the square. Just a couple of doors down we have a cute little kitchen store. It’s always a fun place to cruise, and as I’m checking out, with a brand-spanking new garlic press in my hand, there at the register is a box labeled Garlic Twist. It was the same price as the garlic press so I swapped.

This thing is awesome. Give the cloves a whack with the bottom of the press (it’s nice, sturdy acrylic). Remove the outer layer and toss them in the garlic twist. Slip the lid on and twist the top and bottom in opposite directions. Stop twisting when the garlic is the desired consistency. It works equally well with a single clove or a handful.

The package says you can also do ginger or olives or cherries. I haven’t tried that, but it should work just as well.

-- Melissa


Garlic Twist$17

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by Garlic Twist

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