We all spend time preparing food. Some foods seem easy, for example an onion is large and can be peeled quickly relative to its size. Other vegetables are not so easy, for example pealing and slicing sweet potatoes can be an onerous task. Garlic is often topped and tailed and then peeled piece by piece. When several cloves are needed, this takes time as well as causing your hands to have a strong garlic odour.
There are ways that garlic can be prepared much more efficiently. You can use the following techniques for a few cloves or even a whole garlic bulb, without the need for any chopping, skinning or preparing.
Simply get two bowls of even size. Please the garlic cloves or bulb in the one of the bowls and place the other bowl upturned on top. Ensure that the bowls are securely held together and then shake vigorously up and down for about 10 seconds. Place the bowls back on the surface and lift off the top bowl to reveal garlic cloves and skins separated. You may still need to rinse the bulb and chop off any bits from the top and bottom, but overall this will make garlic preparation a lot easier and take less than half the time.
Always ensure that the bowls are held securely. If you are unable to do this, ask someone to help. Use light bowls make of plastic or other light food preparation material (thin and light stainless steel is fine). We hope that you find this the fastest way to peel garlic and would invite you to get in touch if you have any comments or pictures to share.