Garlic is indisputably a kitchen and cooking staple. It’s used in pretty much everything, and helps to add mouthwatering flavor to dishes and meals. The simple act of cooking garlic creates a distinct and pungent aroma that wafts through the kitchen. Suffice it to say that nothing makes us hungrier than the smell of roasting garlic. But preparing it can be a whole different story entirely.

Garlic can be messy. The outer skin can also be a real pain to peel. It’s flakey, cracks easily, and is light enough that it can be picked up in the air and wafted to corners and nooks of the kitchen.

And don’t even get us started on all the layers.¬†Once the first layer is peeled off, you have to progressively peel back more and more, until all thats left are flakes around the clove. The clove can be sticky, all but ensuring that the smell of garlic can be stuck on your hands and under your nails for hours.

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But don’t worry – there’s an easier way. Microwaving garlic is an essential kitchen hack that can save you time and annoyance during cooking prep. Simply take the head of garlic and plop it in the microwave. But don’t go overboard or the garlic will begin to cook. In fact, it’s even possible to easily roast garlic in the microwave, but that’s a whole different story!

Around 10-15 seconds will do just fine. The heat of the microwave will soften up the outer layer effectively enough that the cloves will practically slide right out of that flakey skin. It’s an easy and foolproof way to cut down on the mess. Another plus? The method of microwaving garlic also makes cleaning up a breeze.

The bulbs themselves will still be sticky, but that’s just a small price to pay for the insanely easy prep time that’s been saved. And once you’ve gotten this kitchen hack down, it’s time to start cooking. Make sure to checkout these amazing cookbooks for kitchen inspiration!