Here is a short lesson on how to peel garlic with little hassle. Peeling garlic is easy and once you know my tips you will never be frustrated about how to peel garlic again.
Do you need to peel garlic?
Recipes call for peeled garlic. Each of the cloves of garlic have a papery covering and the cloves are clustered into a bulb with a few more layers of the natural papering covering over the entire bulb. Removing that papery covering can be a bit daunting but once you know how to easily peel garlic, you will save yourself time.
Do you peel garlic before roasting?
I do not peel garlic when I am making a whole head of roasted garlic. I find that the natural paper coating is great for keeping the flavors more concentrated. But if you are adding garlic to a dish with whole cloves, I would peel the garlic.
What is the difference between a clove of garlic and a bulb of garlic?
A bulb of garlic contains cloves of garlic. About 15 cloves of garlic will be found in a bulb of garlic. Fun fact: you can grow an entire bulb of garlic from a single clove of garlic. I can walk you through how to plant garlic.
How To Peel Garlic
- cutting board
- chef knife
- garlic bulb
- Remove the excess paper from the outside of the garlic bulb.
- Break apart the individual cloves of garlic.
- Use the broad part of a chef knife to cover a clove of garlic and smash the blade with the heel of your hand.
- Remove the cracked outer paper of the clove of garlic.
- If desired, trim off the root end of the clove of garlic.
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Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 12 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.