Garlic Is Sexy!
Oct. 13, 2010 10:42 am
Updated: Oct. 18, 2010 9:48 am
YesYes Yes Garlic!
That little white globe with the tight thin skins and round firm pedals is sexy. Pungent yes but only in it's raw form.
Did you know that garlic comes from the Old English garleac meaning spear leak. It dates back 6,000 and is native to Central Asia. The Egyptians worshipped garlic and it was so highly prized that they used it as currency. It was actually frowned
upon in America by foodies up until the last quarter of the 20th century. It wasn't until the 1940's that America started embracing it.
I love cooking with garlic, it is always in my pantry. I love just roasting it with olive oil and popping out those soft little cernals and smearing it on a piece of bread, yum!
If you want to have garlic on hand and ready to use there are two methods you can use. You can peel the cloves put them in a jar and cover with olive oil and refrigerate until you need them or you can roast the whole bulb set the bulb in a jar and once the
jar is full cover the globes with olive oil and refrigerate. Dont throw the oil away because now you have garlic infused oil.
I love to experiment with garlic. I have to admit I have not gone so far as to put it in ice cream...yet. But some have. I am in the process of developing a creamy garlic sauce. Will announce my finding, the taste testing is the best. I have not found
one person who does not like the smell of garlic roasting in the oven. I worked for William Sonoma at one time and we use to roast garlic every afternoon to draw people in the store. It was great until clothing stores didnt like it on their clothes.
Heres a tip: The smaller you cut it the stronger the flavor. Chopping finely exposes more surface to the air, causing a chemical reaction to produce that strong aroma and potent flavor.
Tip #2: When green sprouts start to form, cut them off before chopping because it is bitter.
Tip #3: Store in your pantry, not your refrigerator. They like a dry location to sleep, not a damp one.
Have fun and experiment.