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favor-“ette”: shake it up

Two quick kitchen tips today (and a bonus upper arm workout too)!

In my kitchen garlic is a staple, especially in the summer months (pesto, bruschetta……). And while I don’t mind crushing a clove or two with my chef’s knife, peeling a whole head is a messy, annoying task. I’d been intrigued by a certain tip floating around the internet – promising a whole head peeled in 10 seconds! – and thought I’d give it a try.

how to peel a whole head of garlic


Simply separate the head into individual cloves (a good thwack with your hand should do the trick), and sweep the whole mess into a bowl. Invert a bowl of similar size on top and shake it up! Every clove was either loosened from the skin or completely peeled.

I’m not “video-ready” at this point so I can’t show you the technique live –  but here’s the proof:

how to peel a whole head of garlic

If you have leftover cloves, place in a small glass jar and cover with oil. Seal the jar and refrigerate; use within a week.

Second tip?

While I love making my own hummus, what I really don’t like is having to stir up a new can of tahini – I cannot seem to do this without the oil dripping everywhere, and never really getting the contents fully emulsified.

I recently took out a new can and tried vigorously shaking the contents, and – voila! – it worked! It was fully blended and ready to use.

And because this song has been playing non-stop in my head all week I couldn’t resist….


  1. Shalagh Hogan on May 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I feel so satisfied.Your tips, your new sassy picture, and a rock music video to stick in my head too. Will absolutelygive garlic peeling hack a try soon. You are a goddess. Because that waffle iron potato thing was awesome!

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