Let’s Chat About Garlic

Let's chat about garlic. colander filled with garlic

Garlic, Garlic, Lovely & Delicious Garlic

Growing up in a large Italian family there was no shortage of excellent cooks.  Whether in the kitchen or on the grill our food was delicious.  Garlic seemed to find it’s way into most recipes and marinades.  When prepared correctly the flavors of the dishes were gently enhanced.  So, let’s chat about garlic.

Most people are put-off using fresh garlic because they haven’t found a way to peel it that works successfully for them.  Here are a few methods to try:

  • Place the garlic into very, very hot water for 2-3 minutes before peeling.
  • Don’t have an extra 2-3 minutes, run them under hot tap water, and then peel.
  • If you are preparing a large amount of garlic, drop them into boiling water, allow to cook for about 30 seconds, remove, run under cool water, then peel.  Tip:  Place a colander into the boiling water before adding garlic.  Lift out, rinse, when cool peel.
  • Place garlic cloves into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds.  The skin will come right off.
  • If you are using a garlic press to mince it, you do not need to peel the garlic.  It will remain in the press chamber and the inner flesh will push through to the exterior of the press.

There are many ways to use garlic.  Many of our recipes include fresh garlic.  Here are a few of them:

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When Cooking With Garlic, let's Chat about some tips

When cooking with Garlic let’s chat about garlic tips:

  • Do not over brown garlic, it will become bitter.
  • If you saute onions and vegetables add the garlic last to prevent overcooking and to retain its color.
  • Garlic stores best in a cool environment, whole cloves should not be refrigerated.
  • Peeled garlic cloves can be added to a mason jar filled with olive oil and then stored in the refrigerator. 
  • Too much garlic flavor?  No problem!  (This applies to soups or stew)  Simmer a few sprigs of parsley for about 5-10 minutes.
  • To add flavor to salads, clean, peel, and rub garlic around your salad bowl.  Then add your salad ingredients.
  • You can also rub cleaned and peeled garlic in your pots prior to cooking.  This will add a subtle garlic flavor. 

Additional Tips:

  • Remove garlic odor from your hands with lemon juice.
  • Chew on a few sprigs of parsley to freshen your breath.
  • Do not freeze garlic.

Our Let’s Chat About Garlic post has few garlic tips and we hope they will turn you into a garlic lover. A little history of the garlic plant, if you’re interested.  If you have any tips, please share in the comments area below.   

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