The Shaking Hack Gordon Ramsay Uses To Peel Whole Heads Of Garlic

Garlic is a culinary superhero. It can taste pungent and strong or sweet and subtle, and it's almost always prescribed as a starting point for savory dishes, according to Masterclass. The science of cooking with garlic is heavily nuanced. From the way you slice this flavorful bulb, to the way you choose to prepare it, garlic will add complexity to your food.

Garlic is also chock full of nutrients, Healthline reported. It contains fiber, selenium, manganese, and vitamins C and B6, and it has been found to lower blood pressure and enhance cholesterol. You can also use garlic medicinally to fight the common cold. Additionally, it contains a compound called allicin, which has anti-inflammatory qualities, per Very Well Health. But experts warn that you should avoid pre-minced garlic. In fact, the biggest mistake everyone makes when cooking with garlic is buying it pre-minced. The fresh stuff is both healthier and tastes better.

Of course, the main drawback to including fresh garlic in your regular diet is the laborious peeling process. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay swears by his method to separate garlic from the skin, which he shared with fans on YouTube.

Give your cloves a shake for easy peeling

There's a reason many cooks will tell you to measure garlic with your heart. It's full of powerful flavor and nutrition, and is a great starting point for a number of savory dishes, according to Masterclass. But you should never use minced garlic from a jar. Not only is it expensive, but it has an altered flavor and isn't as nutritious. If the laborious peeling process stands in the way of using fresh garlic, Gordon Ramsay has a trick to simplify the process.

Ramsay shared his garlic-peeling methods on YouTube. To tackle a single clove, just smash it with the back of your knife, and remove the skin. If you're up against a handful of cloves or more to disassemble, begin by crushing the entire bulb with your hand to separate the cloves. Then, place them in a container and shake vigorously for a few seconds. The skins should come off, and you can remove the peeled cloves individually.