Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Tip from Grandma: Garlic


I love garlic.It is my go-to guy in the kitchen. I love the way it smells, I love the way it tastes. It wasn't always like this. I had never cooked with fresh garlic before Shawn and I got married. When we got married he brought two things with him Betsy (our '69 Ford Ranger that I am actually very fond of) and a garlic press. After that is was true love. But the problem is that I can rarely use a whole bulb of garlic before it starts to go bad. So here is what Grandma taught me:
Freeze it! Buy it on sale and get that good deal on a whole bunch of bulbs. Then when you get them home peel all the cloves (yes it takes some time and your hands will smell for a while, but it is easy with this tool) them throw all the cloves in a pint jar. Then close up the jar and put it in the freezer. The cloves won't stick together when they freeze and then you have garlic quickly and easily at your fingertips when you cook. A frozen clove only needs to sit out for about 30 seconds to a minute before it is ready for the press.

5 comments:

bec said...

This kitchen tip is FANTASTIC! I had never even considered freezing garlic. It's genius! I will definitely be using this tip from now on. Thanks!

Maria said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

What a smart grandma you have. I too love garlic and put it in nearly everything I cook. Looking forward to trying this tip.

Hannah said...

I belong to a produce co-op and once we got about 9 heads of garlic. If I had only known about this little tip back then!

Robyn said...

Yes--Grandma taught me this trick too. I think she would keep her garlic in old Postum jars! :)