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Peeling garlic. The paper-thin skins stick to the cloves and your fingers get stinky. Unless you love the smell of garlic, then it’s like putting on perfume.
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The Usual Solution
Smash the garlic with the flat side of a knife and peel the skin away. Some methods also include slicing the end off of the clove, or using a quick zap in the microwave to loosen skins. (Most pros I talked to use the first method.)