Simple Garlic Hacks for Easier Cooking
Garlic is a staple of many international cuisines and a favorite at home too. Unfortunately, it tends to be tricky to peel and chop, leaves its strong smell all over your hands, knives, and chopping boards, and overpowers a dish in the blink of an eye. There are easy ways to get the best out of your garlic though, so take a look at these tips and feast until your garlic-loving heart is content.
Peel In A Jar
This tip is nothing short of magical if you’re looking for a way to remove garlic peel quickly. Simply pop a whole head of garlic in a jar, close it up, and shake it vigorously for half a minute. The cloves will easily separate and the peels will fall right off.
Get Smooth Garlic Using Salt
If you don’t have a garlic crusher handy but you need perfectly smooth, finely diced garlic, sprinkle some salt onto the cloves after a first rough chop. Use the edge of your knife to mash the chopped garlic into the salt and you’ll have a smooth paste in no time.
Roast Garlic in 10 Minutes
If you want the hearty, sweetened flavor of roasted garlic but you don’t have an hour to wait, try simply popping a bunch of garlic in a pan over a high heat until the peel blackens. This should take about 10 minutes and the result will be just as great as oven-roasted cloves.
Microwave for Easy Peeling
Pop your cloves of garlic in the microwave for 20 seconds and let them cool for a minute afterwards. You’ll find that the peel slips right off in your fingers so you can avoid traces of garlic under your nails and the mess of flaky peel all over the place.
Slice for Milder Flavor
If you want a garlicky hit without too much flavor or you’re trying to avoid the dreaded garlic breath, try thinly slicing your garlic instead of dicing it. The more finely you chop garlic, the stronger the taste gets, so sliced garlic provides a subtle flavor that won’t overwhelm your dish.
Use Lemon to Remove the Smell
Garlic is a delicious scent in a roast dinner, chili, or stew, but you don’t want it on your hands. A small squeeze of fresh lemon or lemon juice rubbed into the end of your fingers will help the smell come clean off after a usual wash with hand soap.
Let It Sit
Enzymes that make garlic more nutritious and tasty are release after chopping garlic so let it sit for 15 minutes before you add it to whatever you’re cooking. Letting garlic sit provides such an intense flavor boost that you can use much less too, saving you money at the same time.
Garlic is a versatile and delicious ingredient. You just need to know how to master it. Use these tips next time you want to add a hit of flavor to your meal.