OK, people, listen up. I need to know why this trick has been kept from me for so long and I need to know now! Why don't we all know this? If you were in the dark about this too, it's time to see the light. No more peeling garlic with a little knife and getting the skins all stuck under your finger nails and having it take you 47 minutes before you have garlic ready to cook with. Let me just tell you about this. You will be amazed.
My gramma sent me a link to this video from Martha Stewart cooking school the other day and I just had to try it for myself. I didn't even have garlic on hand because I've pretty much given up on having the time and/or energy to cook a real (non-spaghetti or chili-based) meal and then fight my family into eating it lately, so I went to the store and bought a bunch of garlic just to experiment with.
Here's the video:
Here's how my experiment went:
Place a full head of garlic into a bowl.
Place another same-sized bowl over top.
Now, hold on to the two sides of the bowl/egg/spaceship that you've created and shake the dickens out of it. In Martha's video she shakes it for about 17 seconds. I personally don't have that kind of brute force available to me, so it took me a little longer. It was about 3 sets of 15 seconds with breaks in between.
Here's what happened! Really! It all just kind of fell apart and the skins fell off. Truthfully, there were a few cloves with the skin still on, but the skin was loosened enough that it just popped right off without much effort or added time on the clock.
Now, who's got a recipe for me that uses about a million perfectly peeled cloves of garlic?