How to Peel Garlic

How to Peel Garlic

Have you ever learned how to properly peel garlic cloves? If you don’t know this trick then you’ve probably (a) suffered through trying to peel garlic the hard way, (b) used already minced garlic you find in the store that has a whole lot less flavor or (c) not used garlic enough when you cook. Whichever category you landed in above, I’m sorry. Garlic makes almost anything taste better. End the suffering and learn this quick trick!

How to Peel Garlic

1. Take a head of garlic and either peel off clove by clove if you only need a few or smash the entire head with your hand to remove all cloves at once.
2. Take an individual clove of garlic and lay it flat on your cutting board. Using the flat side of your knife or other flat object, smash the side of the knife with the palm of your hand.
How to peel garlic

How to peel garlic

3. This will crush the garlic a bit (helps in the mincing process anyway) and will crack all the peeling making it easy to remove the individual garlic glove.
4. Repeat for as many cloves as you want.

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

There are a lot of contraptions you can buy to help in this process. I like doing it by hand but here are a couple of ones you might like instead.


I have a friend who is knows everything about garlic. He said to put the unpeeled cloves in a martini shaker and shake it. I tried it and it works!! All the cloves are unpeeled while shaking!! So cool. Check it out at


…or you can do it Denise’s way. Get the Garlic Press from Pampered Chef. Works every time and is dishwasher safe.


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