When it comes to peeling onions and garlic, we actually take a page from Rachael Ray's book and use a Garbage Bowl (nothing fancy - just a spare mixing bowl). If we're in a rush, we'll also just peel the veggies right over the trash can. Either way, the flakes of onion and garlic skin fall (mostly) inside the bowl itself and not all over our cutting board.
Something else that helps with onions in particular is to trim off the very top of the onion and then slice the onion itself in half through the root before peeling. This makes the outer layers a little easier to separate from the parts we want to keep.
Other than this, we keep a kitchen towel handy while we're peeling. Before moving on to actually dicing the onion, we'll give the cutting board a quick wipe to clear away any errant onion skin clutter.
How do you keep onion and garlic skins from getting everywhere?
(Image: Emma Christensen)