Mess-Free Way to Grate Garlic
Few culinary artists or cooking enthusiasts will succeed in abstaining from using garlic in meal preparation. After all, the pungent ingredient adds a punch of flavor and depth to virtually any savory dish out there. As a bonus, when being fried, it infuses the oil with rich aroma as it cooks, which, in turn, flavors everything else you add to the pan. Most recipes call for grated garlic, so today, we will share with you our tips on how to grate garlic without a garlic press.
Garlic must be grated very finely to release its most potent flavor. Most of us do, however, hate this process; the inevitable mess, a couple of grated fingers are only some of the reasons why. Cleaning the garlic out of the grater is another. We’ve got a tip that will get the job done easily and make clean-up a cinch.
How to Grate Garlic
Wrap your grater with plastic wrap, then grate your garlic cloves on the wrapped surface. Although you’d think it would tear, it doesn’t, as long as you have decent-quality plastic wrap. Instead of passing through the holes, the garlic will collect on top of the plastic. Collecting the grated garlic and cleaning up afterward are both a breeze — all you need to do is remove the plastic wrap. Thus, you protect your fingers, get all of the grated garlic out of the kitchen tool, and save valuable time and nerves on washing the grater.
How to Peel Garlic Quickly
Break the garlic head into cloves and place them in a saucepan. Cover the pan with a lid and shake vigorously for 30–60 seconds. There you have it! Never again will peeling garlic consume more than a couple of minutes of your time!
How to Remove Garlic Smell from Hands
When dealing with garlic, your hands tend to absorb the essential oils of the flavorful cloves, leaving an overpowering smell. Since nobody wants to walk around smelling like garlic, it is good to know how to remove the pungent aroma from your skin.
After grating the garlic, run your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel spoon or another metal utensil in them. The smell comes from a host of different molecules containing sulfur. Because sulfur binds to metal, if you rub your smelly hands on stainless steel, these molecules transfer from your hands onto the metal. All you’re left to do is to wash the utensil in question as you normally would.
You can also use a different old-school approach: wash your hands with laundry soap and hot water.
Do you use these tips when dealing with garlic, or was this the first time you heard about them? Share your experience in the comments, as we would love to know!