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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fresh Garlic…and LOTS of it!

Last week when it was time to put my order in for this week’s CSA bag, garlic made its first appearance on the list of available produce. I have been waiting for this moment. I love fresh garlic. But I HATE buying garlic bulbs at the market that end up being old…you know, you cut into a clove and it’s already sprouted green inside. Which happens probably 90% of the time. It seriously makes me bonkers.

Of course I added garlic to my order as quick as I could. And I picked up my CSA bag yesterday. AND this is what I found:

SO MUCH GARLIC. I am super excited about it, don’t get me wrong…but what am I going to do with all this garlic?

I think this giant bag of garlic is just screaming for a Call for Recipes, don’t you? And this Call for Recipes is also a Call for Tips…as in, if you have good tips for storing garlic or ways to use it up that doesn’t necessarily involve a recipe, please share! And, as always, we love it when you share recipes, too!

I’ll start us off Roasted Garlic Bulbs. Heaven.

So, put your garlic thinking caps on and let’s get this party started.


  1. 1

    Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic! it’s an Ina Garten recipe! it’s so yumtastic.

  2. 2

    I looooove this recipe. I know it’s summer and not a season that most people make soup during, but this one is amazing (I like it year round). It’s really great with a yummy side salad and crusty bread!

  3. A chef once told me that if you break apart the bulb – i.e., separate all the cloves – it will stay fresh much longer than if you keep the bulb intact. I find that it does stay fresher longer!

  4. 4

    My mom grinds together ginger and garlic and keeps a jarful of the paste in her fridge. She uses it to flavor Indian, Thai and Chinese dishes. Just throw equal quantities of both in a food process (a mini one works great) and the stuff lasts forever!

  5. 6

    When we do eat steak, this is the only sauce I make with it! The sauce is also delicious on chicken, and I imagine good with grilled veggies too. I use three heads of garlic instead of the 2 called for in the recipe. Next time I make it I may freeze a portion of the sauce, as the garlic roasting takes an hour. It makes a wonderfully light, creamy sauce without using cream or butter.

  6. 7

    Homemade spaghetti sauce! Most recipes make enough to freeze some too, which means easy dinners in the future. When serving, you can also make homemade garlic bread. That’ll use some of your garlic up for you πŸ™‚

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    Stacey Thomas

    Jane, I just discovered from a friend…that her mom would peel the garlic (or buy the bag of peeled garlic from Costco) and put them all in a glass jar with a lid, then fill it up with vegetable oil, stick it in the fridge and Voila! You now have peeled garlic on-demand, as well as garlic oil for cooking. I was pretty excited about this, as I am often too lazy to peel garlic for a meal. Tip: make sure its vegetable oil and not olive oil…or it will solidify in the fridge :(.

  8. check out my wall at\anniesgarlic for garlic recipes..most are links from other bloggers…and they range from simple pestos and garlic bread to stuffed flank steak and many great other main courses.

  9. 10

    I have also heard you can cut up fresh garlic (or leave it in the whole clove if that’s more your flavoring style but I like the minced action) and then distribute them into an IceCube Tray. Throw em in a hot pot and you’ve got garlic in a matter of ice-melting seconds. Keeps it fresh tasting and wonderful.

  10. 11

    Darn, I can’t find the recipe online, but there’s a great chicken-pasta salad made with 24 cloves of garlic…I’m pretty sure it’s an old Williams-Sonoma recipe. I know you brown the chicken in olive oil, then remove it from the pan, add the peeled garlic cloves, and brown them slowly until they’re super caramelized. Then add chicken stock and red wine vinegar, reduce, add chopped parsley and rosemary, and pour the whole thing over the chicken and penne pasta and serve room temp. I just can’t recall exact proportions of things right now!

  11. 12

    Agree with the ice cube tray idea, but in case you don’t have any, just toss them in the freezer. We had the weirdest, grossest infestation of bugs (yay student apartment living) in our pantry and couldn’t keep onions or garlic fresh to save our lives. Into the freezer they went (fridge for the onions though). Now I do it all the time!

  12. 13

    I totally agree with Kate, you have to try Ina Garten’s Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic…it is sooo yummy!

  13. 14

    Make homemade pesto and freeze a bunch!

  14. 15
    Jane Maynard

    GREAT ideas and tips everyone – LOVE it!

  15. 16

    Plant some and you’ll have your own fresh garlic next year!

  16. 17

    My top tip? Just add garlic to everything. Roasted on pizza or with olives, in tomato sauce on pasta, heck, put it on your ice cream. I’m joking … kind of.

    And from one garlic groupie to another, I hope you’ve bought one of those metal soap thingumajigs which remove strong food odors from your hands – I was sceptical, but mine has honestly made being around me so much more pleasant for everyone!

  17. Last year I had quite the garlic harvest so I did some searching and I found something somewhere that said to peel the garlic- put them in canning jars, fill with olive oil and freeze. I am still working on the garlic in the freezer. I will do it again. It is kind of a pain cause the garlic is not that easy to remove, i.e. sharp knife searching for cloves in frozen olive oil, but the garlic was fantastic tasting and I just put the olive oil in the pan too. And frozen garlic was way easy to cut.

    • Caren Johnson

      I read somewhere that you can’t freeze garlic because it’s changes it’s consistency and that true? just harvest our garlic and i need far i baked some with olive oil and sea husband loves it

  18. I. LOVE. GARLIC. Seriously. I’m pretty sure it exudes from my pores. It goes in everything I make. When chicken goes on sale, I’ll cook olive oil & garlic on the stove, throw the chicken in the pan with salt and pepper and then freeze it so I’ll have some ready-made chicken breasts for a quick meal.

    I forgot I used to make the garlic infused oil! I’ll have to make some of that again!

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    I have seven children and they all love garlic. I have been putting it in everything since they were young. If I leave it out of the typical salad dressing I serve, they say something is missing. I use 4-7 cloves just in my dressing.
    πŸ™‚ I throw a head in cream cheese and sourcream with other garden herbs for a dip. I throw it in garbanzo beans with fresh parsley and olive oil for hummus. We grow it too but this year he didn’t put any in the ground. (it goes in October) I am not looking forward to rummaging around the supermarket for a non sprouter. πŸ™‚

    • Jane Maynard

      love that all your kids love it!

      you are going to hate this year, stuck with garlic from the store…hope you can survive! πŸ™‚

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