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Crushed Garlic.

Posted by marylew 
Crushed Garlic.
June 18, 2017 04:20AM
I only ever use fresh garlic for everything, but the other day I wanted to make some garlic bread and couldn't be bothered hand crushing it.I thought how much easier it would be to have a jar of it already done.Does anyone buy it this way and could maybe recommend a brand?
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 18, 2017 06:41AM
I must adm8t to using lee kum kee.... very handy to have on hand.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 18, 2017 07:19AM
Marylew I find the flavour quite different to fresh garlic and so prefer to use the latter.
A friend brought me a small bag of frozen peeled garlic which I must say is good for those days when you really want to hurry but unless the cloves are particularly small then I am pretty happy with fresh.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 18, 2017 07:42AM
Garlic changes its character as soon as the cell walls are broken (enzyme activity I think), so jarred crushed garlic is not going to taste like fresh garlic. I never use it.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 20, 2017 10:56AM
Thank you Karen,Tpandav,helen.I now understand and am much wiser for your replies thanks.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 27, 2017 12:41PM
I use jar Garlic for convenience on occasions but there is one thing it is definitely not nice in and that is Garlic Butter/ Garlic Bread. Fresh garlic is way superior for this.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 28, 2017 11:38PM
Thanks Maryloo,it was intended for garlic bread but as I want good garlic flavour I will always use fresh.I am glad I asked for advice as little tips can make a big difference.Should I ever buy a jar I am grateful to Karen for her choice of jar.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 29, 2017 03:30AM
I never use it, its different and I don't like it.

I have however chopped up a heap of garlic and mixed it in butter and made butter and herb logs that I have frozen for just that time when you really want garlic bread but cant be bothered chopping it all up.

Its a great alternative.

Re: Crushed Garlic.
June 29, 2017 04:07AM
Good idea thanks Vanessa.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 07, 2017 10:20AM
I grow my own garlic and by this time of year, the rocamboles and marbled purple stripes have started to sprout with the root nodules swelling at the base of the cloves. I peel, crush and dehydrate them to use in marinades, dressings and when mixed with softened butter, the garlic rehydrates and is almost indistinguishable from fresh. Happy to share a few tablespoons with anyone who wants to try some - send me a pm with your addresswinking smiley
Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 10, 2017 01:04AM
Not quite on topic but ...

It really irks me to see tele cooks ~ Karen Martine of Better Homes & Gardens being a frequent offender ~ of tossing unpeeled garlic cloves into pots or trays. The thought of possibly eating those papery husks fills me with horror.

I find Jamie Oliver's habit of crushing unpeeled garlic cloves in his squeezy-style crusher more acceptable as I think the moisture of the garlic would push through the peel.

Having for some time grated garlic on a fine grater, I have recently returned to using my squeezy crusher.

But for me, the garlic is always peeled.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 10, 2017 05:38AM
Meganp thank you for your kind offer,I don't use a lot of garlic which is why I thought a jar would last forever and just keep fresh.I now know not to buy it.I use fresh garlic in my casseroles etc.but I don't make my own dressings.I agree with you Sueblue, the papery husks idea wouldn't be a good idea unless it all comes out whole.I never crush my garlic with a blade I do use Jamie Oliver's way.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 10, 2017 11:10AM
I find the citric acid that is used to preserve jarred garlic changes the flavour completely. I always have garlic powder on hand as my lazy garlic alternative. I find the ease and flavour perfect, especially sprinkled on buttered toast with salt and pepper. The garlic powder I get from my local bulk food shop is a really fine powder. Gregg's garlic powder is coarser but doesn't clump. I think I prefer the fine powder one, just because it coats better as a popcorn flavouring or in a dry rub.
Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 10, 2017 01:34PM
I Use both!

Finley chopped, crushed and granulated - if you want you can chop and freeze too to save time! smiling smiley

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Re: Crushed Garlic.
July 10, 2017 01:35PM
The garlic Paste is also good! A teaspoon equates to about 1 clove!
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