With its strong flavor that fits perfectly in the preparation of many dishes and sauces, garlic is a popular ingredient in cooking. However, to peel the garlic clove is not without a mess. You get sticky fingers and a fairly strong smell that does not go away even after several washes of the hands, so it becomes a chore we prefer to avoid. To save you these worries, here is a simple and effective method for peeling garlic effortlessly.
Garlic and its benefits
Garlic is condiment rich in nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants, and that wealth gives it powerful medicinal properties that makes it an essential health ally. In fact, garlic strengthens the defenses of the immune system and protects the body against various diseases and infections such as colds, flu or bronchitis. It is also very effective in cleaning the blood, stimulates kidney function and regulates the appetite. Its local application on certain area of the body helps relieve itchy skin, stimulates hair growth and strengthens the nails.
But to enjoy all these virtues, we must of course peel the garlic!
Simple method for peeling garlic effortlessly
All you have to do to peel the garlic without effort is to take the number of cloves you need, place them on a plate and put it in the microwave! Give it a short heating of 20 seconds and voila. The heat will swell the skin surrounding the cloves and you simply pull it to get rid of it.
If you don’t have a microwave, no problem!
Just take a small bowl that you fill with cold water. Take the cloves and immerse them in the bowl. The water must completely submerge the cloves evenly to soften their skin. Let them soak for 5 minutes and then pour out the water. Just gently pull the skin to come off.
If you are in a hurry, you can follow the same procedure but with a slight variation: beat the cloves – in water – with a wire whisk, this trick will help you peel the garlic more quickly.
Another effective method for peeling garlic: Use the mallet!
All you have to do is to place the garlic you need on your cutting board, putting them on the side. Then cover with a clean cloth to keep them in place, and pound them once or twice with your kitchen wooden mallet to tear the skin and facilitate peeling. The hit must be rigorous enough to tear the skin but not too strong to crush the cloves.
Useful tips to eliminate odors that stick to the skin
If the sticky smell of certain ingredients such as garlic, onion or even fish prevents you to take full advantage of your passion for cooking, here is a simple trick that allows you to get rid of it. Rub your fingers over a metal object, a magical technique used by chefs. Then, rub half a lemon on your hands and nails and leave for two minutes before you rinse your hands with cool water. However, if you have small scratches on your skin, there is a risk of burns caused by the lemon. In this case, replace it with coffee grounds, known by its ability to absorb odors. Do not forget to moisturize your skin afterwards, applying your usual cream or moisturizing oil!