This Astonishing Garlic Peeling Hack Is Blowing People Away

garlic peeling@VPestilenZ via Twitter

I can grill a steak, whip up a roux, and flambé a cherries jubilee (okay maybe not that last one), but you know what I can’t do? Peel garlic.

Every time a recipe calls for peeling garlic, it’s like my brain shuts off and my hands go numb. Anyone else? Seriously, how do you get that thin covering off without it flaking everywhere and making your hands spell like a pizza shop—and without losing your mind?

Some people swear by smashing the cloves with the flat side of a knife, which helps the covering come off and makes it easier to peel. Some people use a garlic press, which doesn’t even require peeling at all. And while these might work for some people, there’s actually a much easier, better, and dare we even say cooler way to do it—one that most people aren’t even aware of.

This garlic-peeling hack is all thanks to Twitter user @VPestilenZ, who recently posted her method to her page. “As someone who makes a lot of Korean food, this is the best method for getting garlic peeled!” she captioned the post, accompanied by a video showcasing the awesomeness.

In the video, she demonstrates the technique by holding a head of garlic in one hand and a knife in the other.

Here are the steps:

1. Take the pointed end of the knife blade and stab it directly into an individual clove of garlic

2. The crease will then make the casing start to come off, making it easy to shed

3. Pull away, quickly and easily—and the garlic clove will come off in literal seconds

That’s it! It’s pure magic. In the video, the clove is off the head so quickly and without much effort at all that we—and the rest of the internet—are completely stunned.

“Dawg. The reason I only buy minced garlic is because garlic is too hard to peel. Game changer,” someone posted in response. Dawg, same.

“I’m calling the cops on the first person who taught me to peel garlic. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!” someone else wrote.

Other people were able to confirm that this was not a trick and this method actually works just like it shows in the video. “It worked for me! This person is obviously more proficient, but in principle it worked,” this person wrote. “The garlic just popped out when I stabbed and twisted it. I feel so betrayed for not being taught this before.”

And some people just couldn’t wait to go home and peel some garlic after seeing the video. “I’m buying 100 heads of garlic today and practicing all night,” they wrote.

We can’t believe we’ve always complained about peeling garlic when it was really this simple!

Do you get frustrated when trying to peel garlic? What’s your tried and true method? Have you ever seen someone try this method of garlic peeling before? We’d love to hear if you try out this method and how it works for you!