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Garlic gagits and gizmos suggestions

ukjason Mar 20, 2013 06:26 AM

So i just use a knife to peal my garlic, you know break with hand, chop of hard end and the smash with knife then chop. Any suggestions on a piece cookware that can make pealing easier

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    sparrowgrass RE: ukjason Mar 20, 2013 06:31 AM

    Not cookware, but if I need to peel bunches of garlic (I grow it, and make pickled garlic) I break the heads up and blanch the cloves for a minute in boiling water. The cloves pop right out with at little squeeze at the root end.

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      mike0989 RE: ukjason Mar 20, 2013 06:42 AM

      If you have a lot to peel, give this a try.


      I tried it after I first saw it and it does work.

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        DuffyH RE: mike0989 Mar 20, 2013 07:33 AM


      2. John E. RE: ukjason Mar 20, 2013 05:01 PM

        We have one of these things that work well when you need a lot of peeled, but not crushed, garlic.


        I have not yet tried the bowl technique that mike0989 suggests, but I will sometime. I got an e-mail about that some time ago, but have never remembered to give it a go.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: John E. Mar 20, 2013 05:08 PM

          Tried one at Sur La Table this weekend and worked like acharm.

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            CanadaGirl RE: John E. Mar 20, 2013 05:42 PM

            I have a similar item that I like. However, mine is a mat, which I find easier and faster to use than the tube. My sister has the tube, and it works too; I just prefer the mat.

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              John E. RE: CanadaGirl Mar 20, 2013 06:27 PM

              We have a couple of those rubber mats in the drawer. They are actually supposed to be used to help open jars.

              I don't often use these things to peel garlic. I usually just whack it with a knife.

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                sunshine842 RE: John E. Mar 21, 2013 12:09 AM

                I used to use the jar-opener thingies -- I actually wore out a few of them peeling garlic, and then I couldn't find them anymore.

                Found one of the silicone tubes for a song, and I love it. Works like a charm.

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            zhenya00 RE: ukjason Mar 21, 2013 07:29 AM

            I just roll the individual cloves between the palms of my hands. Strips them clean in a couple of seconds.

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