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All About Garlic

How to buy, store, and cook with fresh garlic.

Garlic is the strongest-flavored, most assertive member of the lily family, which includes leeks, chives, onions, and shallots.


How to Buy and Store Garlic

  • Look for firm dry heads of garlic.
  • Store them whole and unbroken in a cool, dry, dark location. They'll stay for about two months.
  • To peel garlic, place the clove under the flat side of a chef's knife and gently press down with the ball of your hand, lightly crushing the clove. The skin will split, allowing you to pull it off the clove more easily.

See How to Peel and Chop Garlic >>


    How Garlic Cooks

    Cooking garlic mellows its hot flavor, transforming it into something savory, earthy, and nutty. Once cooked, garlic infuses deep flavor to soups and sauces and pairs wonderfully with tomatoes, parsley, onions, and ginger. The natural sugars in garlic cause it to brown nicely in butter or olive oil.


    What Cuisines Use Garlic?

    Some cultures have embraced garlic more fully than others. Southern European cooking uses it with a flourish, while in northern Europe, it is used only sparingly and is cooked more thoroughly to take the sting off its hot flavor.

    Comments
    daws1233 
    Nov. 25, 2009 7:21 pm
    In a recipe, does garlic thru a garlic press create the same flavor minced garlic would?
     
    Delma 
    Dec. 28, 2009 6:28 pm
    I would like to know the proper time to plant garlic in Texas Thanks
     
    ROBERT 
    Jan. 3, 2010 8:03 am
    How can I save roasted garlic. Can I keep it in a jar with oil.
     
    Remy 
    Feb. 6, 2010 9:54 am
    I know that you can buy garlic in a jar at store chopped or whole. But i want to store my own so that its easy for me, just open the jar and used it. Thanks
     
    May 30, 2010 10:10 pm
    Ironic, calling Garlic a "Stinking Rose" when it is really a member of the Lily family...perhaps it should be the "Stinking Lily."
     
    Jan. 14, 2011 3:53 am
    For garlic bad breath all you have to do is drink fresh orange juice or lemon ,it forms a chemical odorless compound
     
    Jan 
    Mar. 23, 2011 4:23 am
    Can fresh garlic be stored outside the refrigerator, i.e. on the counter top or do you have to put in into a container?
     
    debbie 
    May 17, 2011 7:08 pm
    How do cut the taste of over browned garlic?
     
    RITA 
    Oct. 8, 2011 7:57 am
    Where can I find the answers to the questions above?
     
    Jan. 6, 2012 2:49 pm
    I love garlic. what i would like to find is a recipe for garlic to use on pizza i do not like pizza sauce.
     
    Aug. 3, 2012 2:25 pm
    can someone give me a recipe on how to can my own garlic?
     
     
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