Do you love garlic as much as I do? I decided to write down the 21 reasons why I store garlic. I’m sure there are more reasons, but I will start with this number today. If you have some more ideas, please tell me and I will add them to my list. One of my favorite ways to use garlic is when my son-in-law, Nate chops it really fine then spreads it with olive oil on pita or French bread and bakes it. He puts a lot on the bread, oh my goodness it is fabulous!
Can’t you just smell it? Who loves garlic, I sure do!
21 Reasons Why I Store Garlic:
1. doesn’t everything taste better with garlic in it?
2. you can smash a clove and put one peeled clove inside your mouth/cheek near a toothache until you can get to the dentist
3. to make garlic bread drizzle olive oil over the minced garlic on the bread and bake
4. make garlic soup with chicken broth for colds and sinus infections
5. helps with athlete’s foot-rub a few cloves on your sore feet or soak your feet in a warm bath with a few cloves
6. add some chopped or minced to your favorite salsa recipe
7. peel and drizzle with olive oil then bake
8. helps reduce risks of certain cancers like colorectal, stomach, pancreas, breast cancer to name a few
9. great add to lasagna sauce
10. boosts our immune system
11. can reduce high blood pressure
12. it can lower your LDL in cholesterol
13. it’s a great antioxidant
14. for thousands of years it has been used for medicinal purposes (I love natural remedies)
15. helps with osteoarthritis
16. fights infectious diseases
17. it’s highly nutritious and low in calories (Magnesium, Vitamin C, and B6 to name a few)
18. smash some and rub the cloves into your hair to help prevent hair loss (I don’t think I could personally do this one…just saying)
19. rub a clove on acne to help clear the blemishes
20. soothes psoriasis, it has some anti-inflammatory properties, just rub some on to help with the itch
21. mosquitoes do not like it, use it as a natural bug repellant. Mix some minced cloves in with vaseline or beeswax and rub it on your skin
Have you ever planted garlic? That is one of my goals this year, to try my hand at growing it. I will keep you posted how it goes. I guess it’s pretty easy to grow. You can store garlic in your kitchen up to three months, depending on the temperature of the room. Do not store it in plastic bags or near potatoes. Store in a cool dark place if possible. Garlic should not be stored in the refrigerator since it can make the garlic moister and possibly lead to early mold forming.
Garlic is actually a species within the onion genus known as Allium Sativum. It’s a close relative of the leek, shallots, onions, and chives. Garlic is a popular item to add to so many meals because of the fragrance and taste.
I have heard of people who eat so much garlic that their skin smells like garlic. I love love love garlic in just about every meal. My daughter gave me a little container to bake a whole bulb in the microwave or conventional oven. Fabulous!
How To Peel A Lot Of Garlic Fast:
If you need to peel a lot of garlic cloves, take two stainless steel bowls (exact same size) and place the separated cloves in one of the bowls. Place the second bowl on top and hold tightly and shake and shake them. It’s like magic, remove the top bowl and you can pull the peeled cloves out and they are ready to cook, chop or mince. Easy peasy!
You can also peel just a few by breaking apart the bulb and lay the clove with the flat side down and the curved side up. Use a spoon to smack it or use a large knife (flat side). It’s awkward at first, but before long you will get the hang of it. I like to place the cloves on a wood chopping board, then start the smacking with the flat side of the knife. This is easy if you only need a few cloves.
How To Store Freshly Peeled Ones:
Peel the cloves as instructed above and place in a jar and cover with white vinegar. Place in the refrigerator for two full days. Next, drain the vinegar and use it in a salad dressing later. Leave the cloves in the jar and cover with olive oil, then return to the refrigerator. They will store for weeks ready to use at any time. The reason you must use vinegar first is to “pickle” the cloves before storing them in the olive oil.
Please think about growing some garlic, it’s really easy to grow and store. The health benefits are awesome! Thanks for prepping my friends, you will be glad you prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda