Peeling garlic can be a little tricky, and it’s called for in recipes from across the globe because it adds a flavor element to dishes that is unmatched. From Italian to Thai dishes, you will have garlic in your life, and sorry to break the bad news, but you will have to peel it. The problem with peeling is you often get that potent smell of garlic on your fingertips, and it’s difficult to wash away. Not to mention it can be time consuming if you require a lot of garlic, to peel those cloves one by one.
For this little food hack – all you need is a mason jar. Toss the head of garlic into the jar, screw on the cap and shake, shake shake, shake it off. The shaking will loosen and remove the skins from the cloves, and while it’ll look like a disaster inside the jar when you’re done, it’s very easy to separate the cloves from the paper-thin skin shavings that you just shook off of them. Now you have a whole head of garlic, prepped and ready to use! If you don’t need the whole head, this will still work by separating some cloves in their skins before shaking, or just store the clean cloves in the fridge for later use!