I LOVE Garlic .....
Some find this green stem to be bitter and pungent, but it’s still okay to use the clove — simply remove the green stem prior to cooking. In the spring and summer months, you can look for locally grown garlic at your farmers’ market. This variety is usually much firmer and tends to be slightly milder in flavour. As garlic gets older it does get a sharper and spicier flavour. The best way to tell if your garlic is no longer good is to look at it. If there are brown spots and the clove goes soft this means that it has started to rot so it is best not to consume.
Garlic is used in all cuisines across the world. It's ideal in stir fries, curries, soups and sauces and pairs perfectly with onions, tomatoes, chilli, ginger, basil, turmeric, beans, chicken, pork and seafood. Our Galley is never without garlic. Practically every dish we make has a clove or two chopped up and thrown in. That means it's crucial we store it right so it will be in peak condition when it's time to use it.
So what is all the fuss about Black Garlic?
How to Use Black Garlic
- Spiced Cauliflower with Avocado and Black Garlic. Sprinkle the avo with the powdered black garlic.
- Cream of Mushroom Soup with Black Garlic Sherry Panna Cotta. Incorporate the garlic coves into the making of the Panna Cotta.
- Skirt Steak Rubbed with Black Garlic.
- Smoked Potatoes with Black Garlic Vinaigrette. You can buy or make your own vinaigrette. See recipe below.
- Burnt Leeks with Black Garlic Vinaigrette.
A couple of quick recipe ideas for garlic.
- slice off the top of the head of garlic and drizzle it with olive oil.
- Season with salt and pepper and wrap with foil.
- Bake at 250 for approximately 40 min.
- Once the roasted garlic has cooled, simply squeeze the bottom of the head of garlic and the roasted cloves will pop out.
- Peel the cloves from 2 heads (or more) of garlic.
- Place the cloves in a small saucepan and pour in enough olive oil to cover them, 1/2 to 3/4 cup for 2 heads.
- Over medium heat bring the oil to just a hint of a simmer, then reduce the heat to as low as it can go. You want to poach the garlic, not simmer it.
- Cook for about 45 minutes, until the garlic is soft and tender, but not falling apart.
- Transfer the garlic with a slotted spoon to a clean jar and pour the oil in to cover the cloves. Cool the mixture to room temperature.
- Cover the jar tightly and keep refrigerated for several weeks, or freeze for several months. (Keep the cloves covered in oil and be careful about using a clean spoon to dip into the jar). As a variation, add rosemary and/or thyme to the saucepan along with the garlic to cook.
- It is important to keep refrigerated.
- 5 cloves black garlic,
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar,
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard,
- 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar,
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper,
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.
- put all of the ingredients except the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process the ingredients until the black garlic has been completely incorporated with the rest of the ingredients.
- With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil, blending until the dressing has thickened.
Extra Provisioning Requirements
- Freeze the slices or pieces in an airtight container. They will last for 1 year. Grind the pieces in an old coffee grinder before you use them.
- Store pieces of dried garlic in an airtight container in your galley. You can keep dried garlic at room temperature for several months, as long as it is out of direct sunlight and high heat.
- Grind the garlic pieces immediately after they have cooled. Use your old coffee grinder. Then, strain through a fine mesh sieve to separate the powder from the small pieces. Store them for 2 months for use in recipes that call for garlic powder.
Medicinal benefits for eating garlic.
- Garlic Can Combat Sickness, Including the Common Cold
- The Active Compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure
- Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels, Which May Lower The Risk of Heart Disease
- Garlic Contains Antioxidants That May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Garlic May Help You Live Longer
- Athletic Performance Can be Improved With Garlic Supplementation
- Eating Garlic Can Help Detoxify Heavy Metals in the Body
- Garlic May Improve Bone Health