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What to do with extra garlic?

What to do with extra garlic?
Posted by B.Richardson from MA on 2001-03-20 11:15:49

My garlic harvest was very bounteous
last fall. I still have about a pound of
garlic bulbs, and they're starting to
sprout! What should I do with them?
Plant them? Freeze them? Any ideas? I've
given some away, but there's still a lot
left...Help!
  • preserving garlic
    Posted by Barbara (bdegroot@ptd.net) from PA on 2002-10-27 10:47:31

    Quoting B.Richardson: ------------
    My garlic harvest was very bounteous last fall. I still have about a pound of garlic bulbs, and they're starting to sprout! What should I do with them? Plant them? Freeze them? Any ideas? I've given some away, but there's still a lot left...Help!

    Once garlic sprouts, it begins to get bitter -- I'd plant it. I imagine you already know it's a two-year crop. Garlic does freeze very well, and easily, though, if you are inclined to overlook the bitterness of the sprouted cloves. Just break it up into cloves but don't peel them. Pack into jars or bags and freeze. When you need a clove or two, hold them in your fist for a moment and the peels will come off like magic. If you're a real garlic lover, you might be interested in my son's method for making garlic pickles -- that's picked garlic cloves, not garlic-flavored pickles.
  • Garlic
    Posted by Les from Australia on 2001-04-08 21:40:40

    Quoting B.Richardson: ------------
    -My garlic harvest was very bounteous
    -last fall. I still have about a pound of
    -garlic bulbs, and they're starting to
    -sprout! What should I do with them?
    -Plant them? Freeze them? Any ideas? I've
    -given some away, but there's still a lot
    -left...Help!


    I love roasted garlic - I leave the cloves whole, drizzle with a good olive oil and roast slowly in oven for a coupla hours - If in abundance I press out the pulp and then bottle with a little more olive oil- heat and seal. Great for garlic bread as well as being on hand in the kitchen to use as required.
    • I'll try it
      Posted by B.Richardson from MA on 2001-04-10 09:48:22

      -I love roasted garlic - I leave the cloves whole, drizzle with a good olive oil and roast slowly in oven for a coupla hours - If in abundance I press out the pulp and then bottle with a little more olive oil- heat and seal. Great for garlic bread as well as being on hand in the kitchen to use as required.

      That's a great idea. And I'll bet the house smells great while you're roasting the garlic. How long does it last in oil?
  • an option
    Posted by Zanne from VT on 2001-03-20 11:19:00

    Well, if you plant it this spring, it
    won't amount to much, unless you want to
    use them for garlic chives. How about
    grinding it up and combining it with
    olive oil? It'll keep in the fridge for
    a month. Or freeze chopped garlic in ice
    cube trays of water. Pop out a cube and
    drop it in your soup. just a couple of
    ideas for you. Good luck!
    • spicy iced tea!
      Posted by B.richardson from MA on 2001-03-20 11:20:33

      Great! Thank you! I think I'll freeze
      it. I just hope my iced-drink-loving
      husband doesn't mistake a garlic cube
      for an ice cube!
      • Easy solution...
        Posted by Zanne from VT on 2001-03-20 11:21:45

        MMmmm. That would be interesting. I
        remove the iced garlic from the trays
        when they're frozen and store them in
        plastic bags. That should keep them out
        of his iced tea glass.
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