Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Minced or Diced Garlic- ready to go! a Kitchen hack
Keeping around fresh garlic is a must in my house- I am never without those wonderful cloves!
Sometimes however it is really nice to have garlic already diced and minced ahead of time- saves time on weary or hurried days!
Rather than buy from the store a premade jar of minced garlic, usually preserved with something I do not want or coated with a bad oil like canola- I decided to do it myself. A healthy convenience kitchen hack. A shortcut!
It is frugal if you consider several bunches of garlic are usually less than a dollar at the market. Even less during Farmer's market!
Amazing way to prep- if you grow your own!
It is as simple as cleaning and dicing or mincing garlic cloves and filling a clean jar- like a small canning jelly jar- with the dices and filling it with Olive oil- enough to cover the garlic! Easy! Store in the fridge for a week a or the freezer for months!Use at your convenience. Refill when you need to! Ready to use, and the best part is you know exactly what is inside! Real Food, made by you. Convenient & DIY.
**** Note: It is important to remember when storing this oil garlic mixture to keep it cold, never leave it set out at room temperature for any length of time or you risk botulism. Always keep cold. I have made this many many times and never come across a single problem, but I always keep it stored cold in the refrigerator only taking out a spoonful as needed. A reader has suggested freezing is best, and I am led to agree! Keep it cold!
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