Peel garlic cloves using a jar
As much as I love eating garlic, that’s how much I hate peeling the cloves. It takes forever, gets under your fingernails and leaves the tips of your fingers smelling like garlic for days. So I’m always looking for easier ways to do it. This method may be the best yet.
All you need is a glass jar with a lid (or you could get creative and use two bowls stacked on top of each other to form a dome of sorts).
If you’re going with the jar, here’s how it’s done: Break two or three garlic cloves off the bulb with your hands or a knife, making sure to get any excess papery peel off, then throw them into the jar. Put the lid on, then shake the jar vigorously. Ten seconds should be plenty of time. The friction will encourage the peel off, leaving you with smooth, bare cloves.
Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times food editor