By Allrecipes Staff
May 09, 2015

This method for peeling garlic is as quick, easy, and efficient as they come!

Garlic is used in so many dishes it is extremely useful to be proficient at peeling it quickly and with the smallest amount of mess possible.

1. Remove a garlic clove from the bulb. Interestingly, in other countries the garlic bulb is called a foot. That said, remove as many garlic toes as needed for your recipe and set aside.

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2. Then, place the flat side of the knife on the garlic clove. With a quick and somewhat firm chop, hit the knife with your palm. Do not press so hard that the garlic is completely crushed. Only press hard enough that the skin is loosened from the garlic to allow you to easily remove the skin. The garlic should maintain its shape. Crushing the garlic completely will cause it to not only be difficult to work with and sticky, but to oxidize and take on a bitter flavor.

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3. Peel and discard the skin, then use a knife to cut the remaining root off of the garlic clove. This garlic is now perfect chopping or thrown into a stew whole.

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Every batch of spaghetti sauce can use a bite of garlic. Toss some peeled garlic cloves into this recipe: