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This Garlic Prep Hack Means No Smelly Hands

A person peels garlic with their bare hands.

Garlic can be a mess to chop and mince. Not to mention, your hands can smell like garlic for hours after the job. But is there a preventative solution for garlic hands?

Yes! To avoid smelly garlic hands, use a mortal and pestle to mince your garlic.

This ancient tool is easy to use in the kitchen and is part of many households around the globe. With a mortal and pestles, you can crush and grind ingredients, avoiding handling them altogether. To try this garlic prep hack, simply remove the papery skin from the garlic clove and add it to the mortal. Use the pestle to crust the ingredient into small pieces or even a delicious garlic paste. Voila! It’s that easy.

Mortar and Pestle Set

Easily crush garlic or prep guacamole with this simple tool.

Additionally, crushing, rather than slicing, garlic helps bring out the flavor. Crushing generates heat through friction to naturally release all that delicious taste. On the other hand, slicing garlic with a knife only cuts through the flavor cells.

Aside from making garlic easier to prep, the tool is also simple to clean with simple dish soap and water. Plus, it’s also easy to crush and discard the skin from garlic in the bowl.

The next time you mince garlic, use this ancient tool for a simple technique. If you happen to forgo this tool, don’t worry, you can still get the garlic smell out of your hands.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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