Anyone who uses garlic on the regular is well aware of the struggle that is peeling it. To reap the many benefits of the superfood, you first have to get rid of the skin on those cloves, and there’s a long list of ways to do so. And most methods are pretty time-consuming. That’s why when a Twitter user posted a video that showed you could do it in seconds all by stabbing the clove with a knife and pulling it out of the skin, the world was mesmerized.
The video quickly went viral, but after 150,000 retweets and 500,000 likes, most people discovered the sad truth. Despite the technique promise, it doesn’t work—and it even sent people to the emergency room in need of stitches, including The New Yorker‘s Helen Rosner. While this particular hack wasn’t a win, there’s a $7 garlic peeler on Amazon that has a proven track record of getting the job done in an instant. “OK, this is DEFINITELY not a gimmick,” reads a top review. “If you use garlic regularly, this is a quite affordable luxury,” raves another.
When looking for a solution that won’t take off a finger, I quickly discovered the real key to peeling garlic quickly is using a silicone sleeve. Not a sharp knife. All you need to do to use it is place your garlic cloves inside the peeler and roll it on a flat surface using a little pressure. After a couple seconds, you can dump the skin-free cloves out onto the table and get to cooking.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: After this whole viral video debacle, how do you know if it’s legit? Aside from one of Well+Good’s editors giving it a big thumbs-up, look to the 457 five-star reviews. Many people even commented about how shocked they were that it actually worked. So if you need me, it’s safe to say I’ll be in the kitchen peeling garlic to put into literally everything.
Put your garlic to good use with Jennifer Garner’s favorite garlicky cashew dip. The maybe grab this $3 tool that’s way better at getting rid of bad breath than a toothbrush.