The Literate Chef

Attention, Garlic Lovers!

In General Articles on July 28, 2013 at 7:06 AM

If you’ve been following our postings, you no doubt know that to us, garlic is essential to life itself. And if, like us you love garlic, but hate to peel those little cloves and don’t want to spring for the costly pre-peeled garlic that usually goes bad before you can use it all, then we have the answer to your dilemma. Just ask Martha!

That’s right folks, Martha Stewart has a video on how to peel all the garlic you will ever need. Now you can have garlic with breakfast, lunch or dinner, no mess, no fuss. Garlic and orange juice, why not? Garlic in oatmeal? Sure! Ham and cheese on garlic bread? No problem, mon!

We don’t have two bowls that are same-sized, so we tried this trick using the two smaller bowls of a metal three-bowl set. For whatever reason, it didn’t quite work; while several cloves did separate from the head and some were actually peeled, we didn’t experience the same results as Martha. Maybe it was because the bowls were not the same size, or the garlic was too old, or too young, or we didn’t shake it long enough.

So we tried a different technique. We first separated each clove from the head, then cut off each clove end. That minor modification worked just fine!

So, you can go from this:

Garlic 1

To this:

Garlic 2

In a matter of minutes.

Try it and let us know your results.


  1. I believe I sent this to you and my brother about a month or so ago. Along with Martha’s # 55170-054 anyway it works amazingly well, why I don’t know. Two bowls same size shake for about 20 seconds and the sound of the garlic of the bouncing around changes. Peek into the bowls and voila! It’s like the angels came down and peeled your garlic. I used this method when I made the marinated roasted plum tomatoes that was outstanding, which reminds me I need plum tomatoes. Off to the farmers mkt. in Savannah tomm. FYI her nickname in lockup was M. Diddy, don’t think she really likes that, so just call her 054. Be well and don’t forget to stir the sauce. Ciao

    Sent from my iPad

    Sent from my iPad

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