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pdswife 06-06-2005 01:43 PM

Freezing Garlic
 
My neighbor brought me a huge bag of garlic yesterday...
can I peel and then freeze some of it. I love Garlic but, it'll take me quite a long time to use 30 heads of it.

Also, some of it is slightly green... doesn't that mean anything?

Thanks!!
Trish

jennyema 06-06-2005 02:06 PM

You can freeze it but it won't taste as good as fresh. And the texture may be mushy.

If it's green, it is probably sprouting, which means it's not very fresh. The sprout makes it bitter.

I never buy garlic in quantity because it's often hard to find good FRESH garlic recently.

pdswife 06-06-2005 02:26 PM

Thanks Jennyema!

choclatechef 06-06-2005 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jennyema
You can freeze it but it won't taste as good as fresh. And the texture may be mushy.

If it's green, it is probably sprouting, which means it's not very fresh. The sprout makes it bitter.

I never buy garlic in quantity because it's often hard to find good FRESH garlic recently.

Remove the sprout, and freeze the cloves!

You are going to use them in cooked dishes, so the texture doesn't matter, just the flavor!:mrgreen:

pdswife 06-06-2005 04:46 PM

There's no sprout... the cloves themselves have green patches....

choclatechef 06-06-2005 05:23 PM

Then just cut the green part off, and put them in a zip lock bag!

I chop or mince, or slice my cloves while still frozen, and throw them into soups, stews, casseroles, etc.

pdswife 06-06-2005 05:30 PM

Cool! Thanks, that's what I needed to know.

Constance 06-06-2005 06:19 PM

The green part won't hurt anything. As long as the heads are firm, it's OK.

Suggestion: Why not roast some of the garlic? Cut a slice off the top of the head, sprinkle with olive oil, wrap in foil and roast in oven or on grill at 350 for about an hour. Remove, let cool just enough to handle, then just squeeze the cloves out of their shells. Mash with fork or give it a whirl in the food processor and mix with a little butter or olive oil, then freeze in small packages to use as a spread for bread or to add to vegies, sauces, etc.

pdswife 06-06-2005 06:42 PM

Roasted garlic is so good! I might just roast some up Constance. Thanks!!

marmalady 06-07-2005 11:21 AM

If its' just green spots at the top of the head, and not sprouts, I think that happens when the top of the head is a little above ground as it's growing.


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