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How To Peel Garlic Like A Pro!

No one likes having their fingers smell like garlic, well at least I don’t! And no matter how much you wash, it just lingers…… like bad company who can’t take a hint that the party is over. So what can you do? How do you peel garlic like a pro without getting your hand stinky?

Well my hubby taught me this neat trick, where you put your cloves in two bowls, one upside down on the other, and shake. Well that’s all good and dandy, as long as the two bowls don’t slip apart in your hands while you are shaking like a crazy woman…… I must have weak girly hand clamping skills!

I knew there had to be an easier way…. one that did not involve me griping two bowls together…. one that I could make the country kids do for me. Hey, in my defense, they love being in the kitchen…. so if your going to “hang out” aka be under foot, you will get pressed into service as a sous chef!

So I grab a canning jar (one of the few million that seem to be everywhere in my house) and set the kids to work on my little garlic peeling project. We decided it would be fun to try to share this experience in video form, because, well, photos of kids shaking isn’t near as interesting as watching them actually shake! So here is your three step video adventure….

Step one….. smash the head of garlic on the counter with the heal of your hand…..

Next step is to place all the cloves in the jar… put the lid on… hand it to your almost 9 year old son to shake….. No problem, right?

Okay, so my oldest country kid lacks arm strength….. or ummm, the ability to shake a jar in and up and down motion…… He was fired as my sous chef and we moved down the chain to the littlest country kid…. who will be 3 in like a week.

Okay, so I might have “loosened” them a bit for him…… but in total, it took us like a minute to peel the head of garlic and none of us smelled bad. Okay, the oldest country kid might have been in need of  a shower. But boys that age are stinky little critters! I should have said, none of us smelled like garlic!


So there ya go folks! Grab a canning jar and you too can peel garlic like a pro, aka the littlest country kid!

32 thoughts on “How To Peel Garlic Like A Pro!

  1. This is a great tip. We just tried it with the bowls last week but the mason jar is more doable! I am visiting from Awesome Life Friday. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  2. Love this idea! Can't believe I didn't think of it too lol…I have, according to my hubby, "More canning jars than any one person should be allowed to have" lying around the house. And in my mother in law's basement. I want to make some fermented garlic and fire cider, which would require peeling much garlic so I'm VERY glad you linked up to From The Farm last week! I chose this as my favorite and it will be featured in our next hop on 2/13 (my littlest guy's birthday! we shall celebrate by peeling several pounds of garlic! woohoo!!)

  3. Thank you so much for attending week 20 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can't wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!

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