Have I mentioned lately how much I love garlic? Apparently I have!
Several friends, knowing of my love for garlic, suggested that I try this technique for How To Peel A Head Of Garlic In Less Then 10 Seconds. I read the instructions, watched the video, cocked my head and made the dubious face, and decided to give it a try anyway. But, lemme tell you folks something…I know garlic. I lived at a Quaker retreat center, called Pendle Hill, for most of the last year, and I spent 3-5 hours a week peeling garlic. That is a lot of hours to know that garlic peels are a hell of a lot more tenacious than even a dickens-shaking like that. If your garlic peels that easily, I’m sorry to say, you’ve got some wimpy garlic on your hands.
Besides, I like peeling garlic. It’s one of my favorite basic cooking tasks, up there with green-bean snapping and walnut toasting. It’s the fun part!
But, what can I say? I gave it a go. I got out a head of garlic and gave it a good smash.
It didn’t budge.
Chuckling to myself, I got out a big heavy measuring cup and gave the garlic a good few bashes. A few fluttery bits of garlic paper flipped up into my face, as if to mock me. Yeah, okay. I get it. I separated the garlic cloves from the head the old fashioned way.
Not quite ready to give up yet, however, I then put the cloves in a sealable, shakable container. Lacking any large metal bowls, or in fact, any two large enough bowls of the same size, I put the garlic in the heftiest tupperware I could find and, as instructed, shook the dickens out of it.
Opening the container, I found that exactly one of my garlic cloves had successfully removed its outergarments. The other 15 or so, while perhaps slightly easier to peel than they would have been before they got all shook up, needed to be peeled as normal. So much for that idea.
So now I had a sizable handful of peeled garlic. Now what? I flipped through Vegan Soul Kitchen (ask your local independent bookstore or library to order it if they don’t have it!) and found instructions for garlic oil. It said to cook the garlic in the oil for about 30 minutes, but when I checked it at 5 it was getting pretty intense in that pot, and I pulled it off the heat at 8 because there was just no way it would not burn if I left it any longer. So: garlic oil, 8 minutes tops, is my suggestion.
Tomorrow I will tell you about the awesome sauce I made with my garlic oil, also inspired by a Vegan Soul Kitchen recipe. Oh, it’s so awesome. I’m eating it right now.