Removing Garlic skins

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Removing Garlic skins
« on: February 12, 2015, 20:36 »
17 January 2015 Removing garlic skins
Garlic skins are removed by placing in a Folger coffee container and shaken for 30 seconds. This container is ideal since it has two protrusions into the cylinder which are perfect for bumping the clove and removing the skins.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2015, 20:40 by New shoot »
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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 20:50 »
I saw a video on fb just using a jam jar will give it a go next time

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 20:57 »
I saw a video on fb just using a jam jar will give it a go next time
The technique is not new, but if the inside of the container is basically smooth the skin doesn't get removed. The uniqueness of this container is the two ridges inside the container, which are indents on the outside for finger grips.  When I first saw the container I immediately thought of using it for garlic skin removal and it is perfect. I use a great deal of garlic and found skin removal an irritant.

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 22:59 »
If you don't mind squashed cloves, just cut the root end off, flatten them with the side of a kitchen knife blade and the skins pull off easily.


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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2015, 23:31 »
I do too. Or bang the thing with a heavy instrument (if I'm in a bad mood  :lol:

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 12:51 »
I was wondering why you are removing skins. The bash technique works well.

If you really want remove the skins say for a pickle then pouring boiling water over the cloves releases the skin well. You just squeeze the cloves out.

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2015, 13:55 »
I saw a video on fb just using a jam jar will give it a go next time

Oh it works alright -- eventually  :lol: :lol:

By then you have forgotten what you needed the garlic for  :wacko:
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2015, 14:28 »
I found a lot of my stored garlic was sprouting yesterday, so had a big session of peeling and prepping garlic ready to be blitzed and then covered in hot oil to make jars of ready to use cooking mix.  I bashed it as it got the skin off and loosened the sprout inside so it was easy to pick out.

I am now the proud owner of 4 jars of ready crushed garlic ............ but when I went to the plot later that day people were mentioning an odd whiff of garlic on the breeze.  I blamed the garlic skins I had just chucked in the compost bin, but it was actually me as despite washing my hands, the smell was well ingrained.  I am safe from vampires for days I think  :lol:

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2015, 14:35 »
Why have I never thought of doing this New Shoot? Admittedly last year our garlic was so poor that we didn't have much to store (except the elephant garlic which was awesome)

Certainly an idea for the next season though, as is wearing thin rubber gloves perhaps?  :unsure:

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2015, 14:42 »
Gloves ............ yup, would have been a thought   :lol: 

I should say I did heat the oil to 180 degrees C and poured it straight over the garlic, which was in warmed, sterilised jars.  It will still be kept in the fridge once opened.

Yesterday I was still full of cold after coming down with a bug, but today it has cleared  :D  I reckon I absorbed enough garlic juice to see it off  :lol:

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2015, 15:52 »
I don't put oil over mine.  I peel them, whizz in the processor to chop and then put in a jar and cover with white wine vinegar.  It keeps for ages just in a cupboard.  I got the idea from reading the Lazy Garlic jar in the supermarket.

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2015, 16:38 »
I don't put oil over mine.  I peel them, whizz in the processor to chop and then put in a jar and cover with white wine vinegar.  It keeps for ages just in a cupboard.  I got the idea from reading the Lazy Garlic jar in the supermarket.

Another good idea, thank you  :D

If I have enough this season I could try both. Thanks for the tip about keeping the one in oil in the fridge once it is open, New Shoot  :)

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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2015, 16:45 »
I have done vinegar before, but I like being able to get a spoon of oil and garlic in one.  I start so many dishes that way, it is very handy  :)  I heated the vinegar as well as I've read stuff on here about there being a chance of garlic being infected with botulism otherwise.

The oil goes a bit claggy in the fridge, but soon warms up in the pan and goes back to normal.  Its also a great mix for rubbing over chicken before roasting it  :)

Sunny I have 4 jars, plus garlic growing in the plot, so if you want a jar, just say so.  I also got the free aubergines from a seed order and I'm not going to use them, so if yours don't appear soon .....  ;)

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Re: Removing Garlic skins
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2015, 16:52 »
Thank you New Shoot. Are you off work next Tuesday?  :nowink:

I shall bring you something in return  :nowink:

I am re-sowing with the rest of the Morro seeds, so I hope they appear. Annen's did  :ohmy:
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2015, 16:57 »
Thank you New Shoot. Are you off work next Tuesday?  :nowink:

Not sure yet as I may have to swap my day off round.  I'll let you know  ;).



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