Shared from Food52

I’ve always been a fan of simple yet wildly clever kitchen hacks that make mundane tasks faster and easier. My most recent discovery was this trick for juicing a lemon—without using a knife. It sounds impossible, I know. But it’s not.

Neither is my newest find: a maneuver for peeling garlic that seems to defy everything I’ve ever been taught about, well, how to peel garlic.

In the video posted to Twitter, you can see someone holding an entire head of garlic (unpeeled of course) and using what looks to be a small paring knife (but what one Facebook commenter pointed out could be one half of a pair of kitchen scissors) to twist each clove straight out of its shell at an impressively quick rate.

Unsurprisingly, the video has swept like wildfire across the internet—even our beloved Chrissy Teigen has retweeted the video to her millions upon millions of followers. Her caption, true to form: “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT.”

But my biggest question is: Does this viral garlic-peeling hack actually work? Much like its lemon and pineapple hack predecessors, the answer is a bit of a mixed bag. One of Chrissy’s Twitter followers found it to work like a charm. “This person is obviously more proficient, but in principle it worked; the garlic just popped out when I stabbed and twisted it,” Patrick Alba wrote. Like us, he felt “so betrayed for not being taught this before.”

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