It works. There is another tip for this but it lacks an essential step (the trimming- and also, the lemon thing is a trick I like to use). I use a LOT of garlic being such a lover of things like curry, stir-fries, chili, and spicy foods, so you can imagine what a lifesaver this is for me. I never even thought until today to see if it was posted here @Food.com! I occasionally used to buy that stuff in the jar to use in a pinch but it really was horrible. SO glad to not have to go down that road again! Share this tip with everyone you know. No one should have to fuss with garlic!