|Make your own minced garlic and freeze, then thaw in the fridge when you need minced garlic.|
I know some of you are total garlic purists who'd never use anything but freshly peeled and minced garlic, and those people won't need this tip. I do use fresh garlic for any dish where I want that sharp garlic flavor, and love my little garlic chopper when I need to chop a lot quickly. But for lots of recipes, especially when the garlic is going to be simmered in a sauce, soup, or stew, I like the convenience of pre-peeled garlic cloves, or (gasp) even minced garlic in a jar. What I don't like is paying too much money for little jars of minced garlic that only last a week or two, so I started making my own pre-minced garlic for the freezer. Here's how I do it.
I'm a fan of these Christopher Ranch Garlic Cloves, and buy them at Costco where this huge bag is $4.99. (This product used to come in a jar.) I can't use this big bag of garlic cloves before they start to go bad in the fridge, so I came up with the idea of mincing the garlic and freezing it.
I minced the garlic in my food processor fitted with the steel blade. I wanted chunky minced garlic, so I pulsed the machine on and off until I had the texture I wanted. You could let it go longer for garlic puree.
I chopped up about half the bag of garlic cloves, which just filled this mini-muffin tin, and I froze the garlic in this overnight. Each little ball of garlic is 2-3 tablespoons of minced garlic. (You could also use an ice-cube tray.)
When the garlic was frozen hard I sealed all the little cubes of frozen garlic into a bag, using my FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing Machine. Then the whole package went into the freezer. (Label it so you know when you put it in there!)
I cut open the bag and take out two cubes at a time, which I store in a little jar in the fridge. This frozen-and-thawed garlic will keep in the fridge for a little over a week, and I like the idea that it doesn't have any preservatives, which the expensive jars of minced garlic often contain.
If you have more tips for storing garlic, let us know about them in the comments! You can find more cooking tips or tips for freezing foods under the tab Cooking Tips at the top of the blog.
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