20 Seconds to Easier-Peeling Garlic

updated May 1, 2019
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If peeling a head of garlic frustrates you as much as it does me, you’ll be happy to know you have options. Head over to the microwave with that garlic and it can make the peeling process a whole lot simpler. And it takes no more than 20 seconds of your time (maybe even less).

How the Microwave Makes Peeling Garlic Easier

Toss the whole head of garlic in your microwave and heat it for 20 seconds on high. Check it after 10 seconds — remove the head using oven mitts, since it will be hot, and see if the papery skins feel loose. If not, heat for the remaining 10 seconds. Let the garlic cool down for a few minutes and then easily peel each clove.


This method is best if you’re in need of a lot of garlic, as you’ll be left with a whole bunch of peeled cloves — but if you have any left over, the peeled cloves can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two.