Lots of companies make silicone garlic peelers, it seems, but ever since my best friend Rose’s mom Helen recommended them to me, I haven’t seen any around. That was a couple of years ago… and I’ve been looking. I finally found one, while wandering around Bed Bath & Beyond with Ian, and we bought it in a heartbeat.
Silicone garlic peelers are basically sleeves into which you insert the clove of garlic to be peeled. They work by gripping the skin of the garlic clove and, as you roll the sleeve between the palm of your hand and your counter or table top, pulling it away from the clove itself. I noticed right away that OXO’s sleeve was thicker than the one I tried at Helen’s.
The design, too,was visibly unique. The tube itself tapers in at both ends, then flares back out — this design is meant to hold the garlic and skins inside until you’re done peeling, then to release the peeled cloves while still containing the skins. Surprisingly… it works! It’s ridiculously easy to rinse the skins out when you’re finished, and because the peeler comes with its own vented container to store it in, it doesn’t get squished or punctured in your gadget drawer, and you can put it away wet.
It retails for $6.99 on OXO.com, Amazon.com and BedBathandBeyond.com, but our local Bed Bath and Beyond must have been shipped too many, or just had trouble moving them, because we found ours on the clearance rack for $3.50. I would absolutely buy it again at full price, however, and if you use a lot of garlic in your cooking like we do, I would highly recommend you do the same.
I give the OXO Good Grips Garlic Peeler a full five out of five forks.