When you need to peel garlic, you can just whack the clove with the side of a knife blade. It works beautifully—but you get a crushed clove. And that’s not an option for when you plan to grate the clove, or slice it into pretty medallions. For that, you need a garlic peeler.
Gadget name: Zak Designs E-Z Rol Garlic Peeler
It looks like: A silicone Chinese finger trap.
How it’s supposed to work: You put the garlic in, roll it back and forth on the counter, pressing down gently, and a peeled garlic clove should pop out after a few seconds.
How it actually works: It took just about five seconds to strip a clove, thoroughly removing peels from cloves of all sizes and shapes without bruising. (See it in action!)
Good to know: It can peel up to five medium cloves at once. (We love a tool that multi-tasks!)
My favorite part: Its thick silicone sleeve cleans up easily and cushions your hands, so it’s comfortable to roll over lumpy garlic cloves.
Best for: Peeling cloves you plan to slice, not mince.
Overall: Easy and effective, the Zak Designs E-Z Rol Garlic Peeler lives up to its name.