Preserving Garlic Posted on 24 Dec 09:05 , 1 comment
Earlier this year during a live chat we discussed different ways to preserve garlic.
It is important to mention that after you harvest garlic from your garden, it is important to properly cure it before storing. If you're not sure, please read Harvesting & Curing Organic Garlic.
There are quite a few options to preserve your garlic. My favorite is freezing with herbs and oil. Another option is dehydrating. Below is a recap from the video and a link to the video.
If your garlic is dirty from the garden, peel off the outer papery husk prior to getting started. I usually do this outside so I'm not bringing in too much dirt into the kitchen. The extra papery part of the bulbs can be tossed into the compost.
Before you use any preservation method, it is important to clean your garlic cloves well.
Ready for my recipes?
Refrigerator Pickled Garlic
*This is not a shelf stable recipe* The National Center for Home Food Preservation states that the garlic and vinegar mixture may be refrigerated for up to 4 months.
1/4 cup canning salt or sea salt
5 cups white vinegar
2 pounds fresh garlic peeled
2 cups fresh dill
Combine canning salt and vinegar in a large saucepan. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes (180 degrees). Meanwhile, pack garlic into 4 sterilized pint jars (about 8 ounces per jar) leaving 1/2-inch of headspace. Add 1 dill to each jar.
Oil & Herb Garlic Cubes
This is an easy recipe and only requires a blender. You can use just oil and garlic or add any herbs you'd like. Keep in mind that this is a very strong (concentrated) garlic recipe so you'll want to adjust accordingly when you defrost.
2 cups garlic cloves
2 cups olive oil (or avocado oil)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sea salt
herbs of your choice (fresh from the garden oregano, Rosemary and thyme is my favorite combination)
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. Once the cubes are fully frozen, remove and store in a freezer safe container.
How do you like to preserve your garlic?