Unless you’re trying to stave off a vampire (godspeed, Buffy), getting garlic juice all over your hands while preparing a meal can make things pretty stinky. Whatever you touch will start to smell, too, not to mention it can make your skin feel sticky.

That said, garlic really is good for you, and you shouldn’t have to compromise using it in your meals just because it makes your hands smell to high heaven! Luckily, professional chefs are more than happy to share their tips and tricks for dealing with the bulb.

Follow these four super simple steps to keep your hands free of that pungent garlic stench. Bon appétit!

1. Tired of smelling like garlic every time you cook with it? Follow these four easy steps. First you’ll need an empty jam jar like this one…

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2. Next, drop your whole bulb of garlic in the jar and twist on the lid.

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3. Give the jar a vigorous shake; you’ll see the garlic break apart inside.

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4. Dump the garlic cloves into a bowl to separate the cloves from the shell. Voila!

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Now you’ve got garlic ready to go, without ever having to peel it yourself!  This is a trick that professional chefs use, and now you can do it, too.

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