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Sep 20, 2008 06:52 AM

does this garlic peeler really work?

this tube one?

or this one that looks like some strange orange?

or, do you have any home-made, make-do gadget?

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  1. I know the tube one works and the other is probably the same concept. They are made of silicone and grip the skins and pull them off.

    BUT You can get the same result just rubbing the cloves between your palms makeing one less gizmo in an already too crowded gizmo drawer.

    1. Yes, it does. I've had the Williams Sonoma type for a few years now, but I practically never use it any more. The papery garlic skin sticks to the inside of the tube and it's mildly annoying to clean. And I just find it faster to whack the clove with the side of my chef's knife or cleaver. I still use the tube peeler on that very rare occasion when I need whole, peeled cloves--but I frankly can't even remember the last time that came up.

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      1. re: JoanN

        When I use the tube-style peeler, I roll the cloves gently so skins come off but no garlic juice is produced so the skins are easily rinsed out (especially if rinsed immediately fter using). However, my garlic crusher will crush unpeeled cloves so I don't have use the garlic very often.

      2. I don't have experience with the tools you mentioned however I have a dollar store grater that I use. I've been using it to shred carrots, cucumbers,etc. in the slightly large grate section and with the finer section I use it to get garlic and ginger into smaller/finer pieces.

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        1. I guess you could make a couple of dozen of these from an old bike inner tube. I use a kinda bit of rubber mat to do pretty much the same thing.

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          1. re: Alacrity59

            I always just smash the garlic with a big flat knife...skins slip off...

          2. Another worthless gadget! All you need is to bang the clove with your knife, and the skin just falls off!!