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Anyone who loves garlic uses it frequently and in large quantities. Not only health benefits from the tuber, the taste of the food is also enriched by the garlic aroma. Only the tedious peeling of garlic clove by garlic clove is time-consuming and annoying. Good that there are a few helpful tricks.

When crushed, the garlic automatically loses its skin

How to loosen the garlic peel?

There are many tips and tricks for peeling garlic cloves. Which one is suitable for you and when also depends on the required quantity and in which form the garlic is further processed.

  • Crush garlic cloves
  • Peel the garlic with a knife
  • Shake the jar to get rid of the peel
  • Soak garlic in water

Crush garlic cloves

If the garlic is only used to add flavor and you don't want large pieces of garlic in the food, the peel can be detached from the bulb simply by crushing it.

  1. Remove the required amount of individual cloves from the tuber.
  2. Take a sturdy wooden board and spread your toes on it with a little space between them.
  3. Choose a heavy kitchen item that you can use to crush the toes. A large knife, spatula or saucepan, for example, are well suited.
  4. Place the object on top of the garlic cloves and apply measured pressure until they give way slightly and their skins burst open.
  5. Cut off the ends and then use your hands to remove the remains of the peel.


Special garlic presses are commercially available that only squeeze out the inside of the clove, leaving the skin inside the press, which can then be easily removed and disposed of.

Peel the garlic with a knife

A few cloves of garlic are often sufficient for many recipes. In this case, simply removing the peel with a small, sharp knife is not much of a challenge.

  • Detach the cloves from the tuber
  • cut off the bottom end
  • pull off the shell at the same time
  • if necessary, remove any remaining shell residue

Shake the jar to get rid of the peel

A clean screw-top jar is an excellent tool for freeing many garlic cloves from the tight coating at the same time.

  1. Place several cloves of garlic or a whole head in the jar and cover tightly with a hard lid.
  2. Shake the jar vigorously for about 30 seconds. The shaking movements should be vertical, i.e. between the bottom of the glass and the lid.
  3. Screw the jar back on and discard the detached shells. Get those already shelled toes out too.
  4. Repeat shaking if necessary.
  5. Small remnants of peel that are still clinging to the garlic cloves can be easily peeled off by hand or with a knife at the end.

Soak garlic in water

If using garlic isn't a spontaneous action, there's a simple trick and a little waiting to remove the peel.

  • Separate the cloves from the tuber
  • put in a bowl
  • cover with room temperature water
  • Leave for 2-3 hours

After that, the soaked garlic peel should come off easily with your hand.

Save peeled garlic as a reserve

Peeled garlic that isn't used immediately doesn't need to go to waste. You can place the remaining cloves in a clean screw-top jar and cover with oil. Well sealed and stored in a cool place, they can remain ready for use for many days.

You can also build up a supply of garlic in a targeted manner so that you don't have to peel a few cloves of garlic again and again.

Conclusion for fast readers:

  • Knife: Suitable for small quantities; cut off toe ends; Pull off the shell at the same time
  • Helpful tricks: crush garlic clove; shake in a glass jar; soak in water
  • Crush: Place on a board; crush with heavy object; remove the loosened peel
  • Screw-top jar: For many cloves or whole bulbs; use a clean jar with a hard lid
  • Step 1: Add garlic; close up Shake vigorously from top to bottom for 30 seconds
  • Step 2: Take out loosened shell and clean toes; Repeat shaking if necessary
  • Step 3: Peel off the remains of the toes; Process garlic
  • Soaking: Place garlic cloves in bowl; Cover with water for 2-3 hours; pull off the shell
  • Storage: Place leftover cloves in a jar; cover with oil; store cool

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