Since we know how versatile Onions are and a key ingredient for every kitchen, we can’t forget about our other favorite flavor filled essential, Garlic. Let’s be real? How amazing is the smell of Garlic cooking with a little olive oil? Walking into a kitchen to the delicious aromatic smells of Garlic can make a grown man’s mouth water. Being a powerhouse and one of the most vital ingredients around, Garlic plays a central role in so many dishes culturally around the world.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret when it comes to cooking with Garlic, TIME is EVERYTHING. If you are keeping it raw, you will be left with a strong pungent flavor, that is almost spicy & bitter but once it begins to cook becomes mellow and sweet. You can have your beautifully crushed Garlic (thanks to our tools) go from pale to gold to a burnt crisp in the time it takes you to watch one Snapchat. But Garlic that is perfectly cooked will leave you with a well-balanced, nutty, smooth flavor. But no worries, we’ll show you the ropes. Let’s start at the beginning.
How Do I Pick the Right Garlic?
So you finally decide to make that Shrimp Scampi recipe you pinned 10 months ago, the first step, find the perfect head of Garlic. It’s not as hard as you think. When searching for the right head of Garlic, look for large, firm clean bulbs with unbroken skin. One head of Garlic should contain about ten to twenty individual cloves. When you bring it home, you will want to store in a cool dry place where air can circulate, avoid refrigerating.
How Should I to use Garlic?
Lets face it, you would rather have the smell of Garlic cooking in a delicious butter sauce (for the scampi obviously) wafting throughout the kitchen and instead of lingering on your hands all day (or maybe you do, which in that case its cool with us). We have all have been there…and don’t get us started on how annoying can it be to get the skin off a clove!? Well, now you have a lifesaving tool that will help remove skin with ease and keep the scent of Garlic of those precious hands.
- Using your fingers, divide the whole bulb into individual cloves. Store remaining cloves with the skin on.
- To remove the skin, place clove into Garlic Roller and apply slight pressure down as you roll the roller back and forth against a hard flat surface.
(Tip: make sure to clear the tube of any remaining skin, this little step will help prevent littering your drawer with flakes)
Using our Garlic Chopper
- For chopped Garlic, once you have removed the skin, place one piece of Garlic (2 if tiny) into carriage of Garlic Chopper. Roll chopper for 15-20 seconds or until clove has been fully crushed.
- Remove from carriage and you are ready to use!
How Do I Cook Garlic?
What was that secret to cooking with Garlic? Oh yeah, timing…timing is KEY. Depending on the cook time will affect the outcome of the Garlic flavor. As always, when in doubt, follow your chosen recipe it won’t steer you wrong.
Raw minced or chopped Garlic adds a great flavor to dressings, marinades, and salsas. Bruschetta is a great example; ripe tomato, fresh basil, a little olive oil and raw Garlic. The sweetness that comes from the tomato and basil is a perfect compliment to the spicy raw Garlic which is all pulled together by the the smooth oil. The flavors meld together to make a fantastic app or side dish.
If there is one cooking technique you want to nail, its saute. You will find that Sauteed Garlic is commonly used for the base of sauces, casseroles, soups; with vegetables, or meat. For a perfect pale gold saute, add olive oil and Garlic (whether chopped, minced or sliced) to a pan and turn on the stove to medium heat. You will want to make sure you keep this slow and controlled, within only for a few minutes, that amazing aroma will begin to build and that’s how you will know your ready to add in your other ingredients.
You can roast a whole bulb for about 25 minutes or individual cloves for 20 minutes to serve with roast meat. By cooking for a longer duration breaks down the chemical makeup which leaves you with a soft almost creamy clove that will pop right out of its skin. But OUR favorite way to roast Garlic is with chicken. We will be sharing our favorite roasted chicken recipe next month. It is SO ridiculously easy and delicious. If your looking to meal prep, we’ve gotcha covered.
Is your stomach growling? Sorry, not sorry because We LOVE Garlic and want you to also. Hopefully with the aid of our tools, you’ll be whipping up Garlic goodness by the weekend. Not sure what to make? We have a few ideas for you.