How to peel garlic easily. (Courtesy)

We abide by the simple cooking rule that there's no such thing as 'too much garlic'. Whether the recipe calls for a couple of cloves or none at all, we throw in five just to be sure, safe in the knowledge that the simple ingredient can really bring out the best flavours in a dish. But cooking with garlic means plenty of time spent attempting to peel off the skin with your fingernails or losing your temper at the garlic crusher which leaves half of the good stuff behind.

Thankfully, a video shows a far simpler method of getting the job done, and may prove we've been doing it wrong all of our lives. A video shared to TikTok shows the garlic being turned on its side and sliced in half across the middle, before being placed on the surface with the skin facing up.


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The knife is then hammered down on the two halves and the skin is picked up in one complete piece, leaving only perfectly peeled garlic cloves behind. The only drawback is the method peels an entire garlic in one strike of the knife, but that won't be an issue if you use plenty of it. It was uploaded with the caption: "My whole life was a lie", as people in the comments vowed to try out the trick for themselves.


Previously, a cook credited Nadiya Hussain, winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015, for a similar hack to peel plenty of garlic quickly. She recommended throwing the cloves into some very hot water and letting them sit for about one minute, after which the skins will slip straight off with no effort.

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Although it's not worth doing if you're only using a couple of cloves, it can be a real time-saver if you're using recipes which require plenty of it.