Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Christopher Ranch Garlic Cloves

If someone looked back through my posts labeled Kalyn's Kitchen Picks they might start wondering if I ever recommend things that don't come from Costco? Of course I do, but Costco has so many useful food products at incredible prices that they're a natural for me to recommend them. For example, how about this jar with three pounds of peeled garlic cloves which sells for $5.29 at the Costco in Utah. I know there are people reading this who would never use pre-peeled garlic, but I love this product, and unless you're a total garlic purist, how can you resist it at that price?

Using this many garlic cloves before they go bad in the fridge can be a challenge. I have a FoodSaver (love it!) so I freeze some of the garlic in vacuum-packed bags, which keeps them for a long time. The frozen garlic isn't quite as nice to use in some dishes, but it's fine for things where the garlic will be minced or pureed. When I first bring the garlic home and have a lot on hand, I love to add big garlic cloves to roasted vegetables. Below are a couple of combinations that turned out to be very tasty. After the pictures you can find more recipes using garlic cloves.

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic was a dish my friends Trudy and Georgette loved when I made it for them one night, and this recipe is about as easy as they come.


Roasted Squash with Garlic is another one of those Easy South Beach Recipes that so many people like. Last summer I made this with the last of my garden zucchini.

You can always see the other products I've recommended by clicking the tab for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks at the top of the blog.

More Recipes to Help You Use That Big Jar of Garlic:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients.)
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Mediterranean Beef Stew with Rosemary
Roasted Garlic Ranch Dressing from Tasting Menu
Tinga (Pork and Chorizo Stew) from Homesick Texan
Enchiladas with Chorizo, Corn, and Zucchini from Everybody Loves Sandwiches
Falafel with Tahini Sauce from My Plate or Yours?
Fish Filets with Hot Buttered Garlic Sauce from Cooking Diva
Spicy Chicken Salad from Kitchen Wenchcounter customizable free hit

12 comments:

Homesick Texan said...

I actually enjoy peeling garlic but when I roast a chicken and need about 30 cloves, I find buying jars such as these very useful.

Lydia said...

I recognize this from my local Costco! I've bought it once or twice, when I had a specific plan for some dishes that use a lot (like Chicken with 40 Cloves), but I often find that much of it spoils before I get around to using it. The Foodsaver sounds like a great idea.

bee said...

kalyn, that's a great pick. i'm thinking you could roast half the cloves. they may last longer that way, and roasting lends a different flavour dimension.

Margaret said...

I wouldn't know where to go in the UK for garlic in a jar. I too have a FoodSaver, they are an amazing kitchen gadget.

Kalyn said...

Lisa, I honestly don't mind peeling garlic either (I kind of like whacking it with the cleaver!) But this is so convenient, especially for something where you want a lot of garlic.

Lydia, the FoodSaver is so great for things like this.

Bee, thanks. Roasting some is a great idea. In fact when I was coming home from exercising this morning, the idea of roasted garlic hummus popped into my head!

Margaret, don't you just love the FoodSaver. I don't know what I'd do without it.

katiez said...

The last time I was in the U.S. I checked out a Trader Joes...
Now I'm going to have to check out Costco. I wonder if there are any in Minnesota? It's a big chain, isn't it? I remember my s-i-l talking about the one in Hawaii.
Hmmmm, she says to self, bet I can look on the internet....

Kalyn said...

Katie, Costco is all over the world. I'm sure they have it in Minnesota. They have the most wonderful food there, I bet you'd love it. No Trader Joe's in Utah, darn.

Fiber said...

I've seen this at Costco a zillion times but have never considered buying it. Thanks for the review!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I consider this every time I buy garlic but just haven't tried it.
Love the recipe ideas using lots of garlic!!

*kel said...

oh that huge pre-peeled jar of garlic must come in very very handy. My boyfriend has been teasing me about my garlic smelling finger.. but he can't really complain cos those garlicky fingers made those food served on the table possible!

Kalyn said...

Fiber, I like it a lot, but it can be a challenge to use it all. (What a great challenge though, and you can't beat the price.)

Tanna, glad you like the recipes. More garlic, that's what I always say.

Kel, good point. It's worth having your fingers smell like garlic for a good meal.

cyndy222 said...

I also love Christopher ranch garlic. I keep it in the freezer all the time right in the jar. I take out a few cloves when I need them, let them thaw for a minute or two. While still semi frozen I throw them through the garlic press and into the pan and I am good. I actually find this garlic to have a nice mellow taste when cooked. Can be strong when used raw, like any garlic. I have never found an application it didn't work for and I think its more economical in the long run.

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