|Garlic cloves cleaned & ready to process|
One thing you may notice from the picture is that some of the cloves are green. This is "young" garlic or green garlic. These bulbs were harvested a week or so before they were fully mature. The kind of garlic is "Italian Late". I needed to get all the garlic harvested at once due to other commitments the next weekend, so I dug these too.When they say" late", they mean late.
Some specialty grocers sell this green garlic or you may be able to find them at a farmers market. They are perfectly safe & have a milder taste. The flavor of is still garlicky, but is much more mild with less of a bitter bite. When you cook it, the green garlic sweetens. It can be used raw or cooked.
|Garlic Puree, ready to freeze.|
Here is how I made it...
For every one cup of cloves, I added 1/2 cup of olive oil. Process until smooth in a food processor or blender. Pour into a clean jar or container & freeze. So simple. (Note: One thing you should never do is leave garlic in oil at room temperature. That is a recipe for botulism) The mixture won't freeze solid due to the oil so it is easy to spoon out what you need. My next batch (if my fingers can take it), I will add some herbs. The puree can be used on breads or added to any number of dishes. I kept the varieties of garlic separate in their own batches for a "taste test" of garlic varieties. I grew 16 different kinds & want to figure out which are the hottest, mildest, etc.
So I am off to do other projects now. I have zucchini to shred & freeze, a garden to weed (not happening today though. 105 degree heat index) and a bathroom ceiling to paint. Yesterday I finished priming the living area ceiling with the sun beating in on me from the west window. I really didn't think I could sweat so much!
After the sun sets & close to midnight, I will try to be awake for the Persoid Meteor shower. Tonight is supposed to be the best night for it. Last night I went out but only saw six shooting stars. So look to your northeast and see the show. There could be as much as one meteor per minute. The last time I saw it years ago, it was amazing. Wow...just think of how many wishes you could make.