I always use a lot of garlic when I cook, which means I tend to buy garlic in bulk or have a lot growing in the garden. A good way to keep garlic is to either dehydrate it and turn it into garlic powder or to mince it. Minced garlic is a good way to keep garlic which can easily be spooned into your meals as you cook.
Homemade Minced Garlic
Homemade minced garlic is easy to make and only takes three ingredients – garlic, oil and salt. All you need to do it throw the fresh, peeled garlic, salt and oil into a food processor and give it a short buzz. All done!
The oil and salt are needed as they help preserve the garlic. I use a light olive or avocado oil, though you could use any oil of your choice. Keep in mind, that because you are adding salt to the minced garlic, you will need to decrease the amount of salt (or not use any) in the dishes you make when you use this homemade minced garlic.
When making minced garlic, I use the ratio of 3 cups of whole garlics to half a cup of oil and 1 tablespoon of salt. You will need more oil for topping up your jar.
- Prepare the jars you are using to store your garlic in by washing and drying them.
- Peel garlic if needed and place in a food processor. If you wash them, they need to be dried completely before going onto the next step.
- Add ½ cup of oil and 1 TBSP of salt and pulse a few times. If you want more of a garlic paste, pulse more.
- Scrapes sides and pulse once again to make sure all the garlic is the size you want.
- Pour into prepared jars, leaving about a half inch space on the top.
- Top with oil.
- Seal and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- You could freeze this minced garlic if you use glass jars that can be placed in the freezer. Make sure you allow space for expanding when adding the garlic and topping with oil.
- To prevent mould, use a clean spoon when using this garlic and keep topped with oil, until the garlic is just covered after each use.
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