Domestic Goddess Tip: Peeling Garlic

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Peeling garlic can be tedious and messy. One day, while contemplating the daunting task of peeling two heads of garlic for a recipe that needed 40 whole cloves, I recalled a commercial for a garlic peeler I had seen on TV. They were peddling a tube made of rubber that you put the garlic into, roll, and voila! Out came the peeled garlic cloves all pretty and naked!
Well, I’m not a fan of gadgets and I’m kind of a kitchen minimalist. I’m not a big fan of single task tools, (unless I use them quite regularly) which is why I have never thought to buy one.

It dawned on me however, that the rubber gizmo was made from material no different than my Silpat mat. I grabbed my baking mat (You can find off brand non-stick baking mats but the original is called a Silpat) and gave it a whirl:

Simply lay the cloves in a line parallel to the edge, and then ‘roll’ them gently, pushing down slightly while you roll. Use the palm of your hand to roll and keep the pressure firm but light as you feel the cloves turn under your hand.

I found I could process quite a few at a time if I kept them about the same size. I would remove the ones that were peeled and if needed, rub a couple more times to remove the stubborn skins.

This may sound almost simplistic, but trust me, it works. It saved me a good chunk of time and more than a few pennies for a product that I would have to store and only use once in awhile. And clean up is a breeze! Simply wipe down your mat with a damp cloth and let dry. If the garlic was juicy and you pressed too hard, you might need a bit of soap, but still…what a breeze!

I use this method for large quantities of garlic. You can use it for one or two cloves, also. I have an amazing garlic press which I use for one or two cloves which ‘minces’ the garlic and leaves the skin behind. Not the same result as whole cloves, but a tool I found worth the investment for minced garlic. That tip might be for another post.

Or maybe I should start a product review category?

Your thoughts?

 


Domestic Goddess Tip : Drying Boots

Domestic Goddess Tip : Drying Boots

Sometimes, the best tips and tricks are the low tech solutions to a problem.

Todays tip addresses the conundrum of drying out the insides of boots effectively and efficiently.

This technique can be used to dry spring rain boots as well as winter boots as shown, or even wet dress/tennis shoes.

You can invest in an expensive boot dryer, or if you are frugal like me, find a chopstick, jam it gently in your heating vent, then stack the boot over the top. If your vent is a bit too wide for the chopstick, wrapped a rubber band over the bottom. The rubber will widen the base and is pliable enough to allow it to be securely wedged in the vent opening.

If the weather is too warm for your thermostat to kick the heat on, just run the fan. Not only will the air in your home get circulated, efficiently distributing your air around and evening out the temperature of your home, but it will gently dry your boots/shoes overnight.

April showers brings May flowers. While we wait for the May flowers to finally show up, at least you can keep your feet dry!


Domestic Goddess Tip : Reviving Dog Bones

Domestic Goddess Tip : Reviving Dog Bones

My furry kids are pretty good about chewing bones until they are pristinely white and cleaned of every single lick of goodness. At this point, the tasteless bones lay about the house, but still have lots of good ‘chew’ left on them.
To get Little Man and Big Girl interested in them again, and save myself some cash, I gently boil them in beef broth (Little Man has allergies, so we stay away from chicken) then let them cool before serving.
They will enthusiastically chew them as if they were brand new! This works for antlers they have grown weary of also. I have found Antler interest to last the longest, but it can’t hurt to refresh them with a soak.
Give it a try, your canine companion will love you for it!