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How to Pickle Garlic

Updated on April 6, 2014
pickled garlic
pickled garlic

Garlic Tastes Great

Garlic, you either love it or hate it. We love it and eat it regularly. We are finding it difficult to get good quality fresh garlic. When we lived in Northern Ontario we had a great source of organic locally grown garlic.

Fortunately, we have learned how to pickle it so that we can have a supply on hand all year around. It also means that when we can get fresh garlic we can pickle some for the future when we may not be so fortunate.

The following was slightly modified from a recipe that has been in my family for many years. I made a few small changes to suit my personal taste, reduced salt for example.


12 large heads garlic, about 1-3/4 lb

2-1/2 cups white vinegar

1 cup dry white wine

1 tbsp pickling salt

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar ( or sugar substitute)

1 tbsp dried oregano

4 dried whole chili peppers (optional)


Prepare five 250 or 236 ml mason jars with SNAP lids.

Separate garlic bulbs into cloves.

To soften and loosen skins, blanch garlic cloved in rapidly boiling water 30 seconds; immediately immerse in cold water, drain and peel cloves.

In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, wine, pickling salt, sugar and oregano.

Bring to a boil; boil gently 1 minute; remove from heat.

Add peeled garlic cloves to hot vinegar mixture.

Stir constantly 1 minute.

Pack garlic and 1 chili pepper, if using, into a hot jar to within 3/4 inch of top rim. Add hot liquid to cover garlic to within 1/2 inch of top rim (headspace). Remove bubbles and apply lids.

Heat process jars - 10 minutes.

There are many health benefits made for garlicbut that is not why we eat it. I do subscribe to the saying Let food be your medicine and medicine your food, but we eat garlic because it adds a deep flavour to so many dishes and when pickled tastes great all by itself.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, looking forward to your input,

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    Nick 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I will be trying this one this afternoon. Will post in a couple of weeks and tell how it is going. Cheers.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    thanks for the comment, any cool dark place that he may not normally check. :)

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    CennyWenny 9 years ago from Washington

    Thanks for this wonderful hub. My husband will be thrilled to have pickled garlic in the house. Do you have any tips for hiding it?

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    Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

    you are most welcome

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    cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

    Great Hub, I love Garlic, I usually add one clove with rice and let it boil with it, it adds good flavor to rice and good for health. The above method will be good we can store it in the winters and add it with salads and rice. I have bookmarked it, thanks for sharing the tips :)