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Pickled Recipes: How to Pickle Garlic
Have you ever wanted to learn how to pickle garlic? Maybe you've never really thought about it before but pickled garlic is a great addition to many dishes including salads and cold pastas. If you already know the great taste of pickled garlic, then you know from buying it at the store that it can be a pretty expensive item. But you can pickle garlic on your own for a relatively low cost. And when you pickle garlic, it lasts for quite a long time so it's something you can try once to see how it goes and reap the rewards from many meals later.
Here are the basic steps you'll need to know for how to pickle garlic:
- Buy the ingredients. Obviously, you'll need to buy the garlic. You should buy whole cloves of garlic that are fresh and ready to be used. Buy organic garlic straight from the farmer's market if you're earth-conscious or simply buy the garlic from your grocery stores. You'll also need the pickling juice which is most likely a form of vinegar. Other ingredients that you may get for the recipe include bell pepper, carrots, onion, celery, spices such as dry mustard, and sugar to sweeten it up a bit. See the recipes at the links below to get exact recipes and ingredient information.
- Peel the garlic so that all of the cloves are separate. This is never a fun task but it's part of the process so try to enjoy it. Get the whole family involved. Make some garlic bread to snack on while you peel the rest of the garlic and have a good time with it.
- Cook the spices and vinegar together to get a great tasting liquid together. You should cook over slow heat and take your time with the entire process. Pickling garlic should be something that you enjoy doing, not something that you're rushing to get done. The spices will need to cook in the vinegar first to give it's full flavor. Then you'll add in the peeled garlic (chopped or sliced to the size that you'll want it when you go to use it after it's been pickled). You'll cook this mixture a little while longer to allow the flavors of the pickling juice to seep all the way in to the garlic.
- Fill up your pickling jars with the garlic and any other vegetables that you are pickling with the recipe (such as bell peppers or carrots). Do this by using a slotted spoon to remove the garlic from the liquid that it was cooking in. Fill the jars almost all the way up with the vegetables. Then add the liquid on top of the vegetables to completely fill the jars. Make sure the lids on the jars are on tight and place them in a safe spot in your refrigerator.
- Be patient. The pickling process isn't a quick one. It takes anywhere from 2-4 weeks to pickle garlic so that it has a good rich spicy taste. When you think it's ready, take it out and test it. If it tastes the way that you want it to taste, you can start using the pickled garlic in pastas, salads and even as relish on sandwiches. You can even eat it by itself!