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    Love this topic. Learned a lot. I did not know that garlic could be frozen but I should have looked before wasting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Love this topic. Learned a lot. I did not know that garlic could be frozen but I should have looked before wasting it.
    I have had a recent problem with garlic, and it is this: After finally getting a garlic press (went many years without one) I find that it smashes the cloves (well, doh!) but those smashed cloves dont last as long in the fridge. I like to prepare garlic ahead of time, taking 2 heads at a time, clean them, store them.

    So, the garlic press isnt fitting my needs, but maybe I will have to stop preparing garlic in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    So, the garlic press isnt fitting my needs, but maybe I will have to stop preparing garlic in advance.
    IME pre-prepared garlic is always a disappointment, especially the stuff that's already minced and packaged in water or oil. Then again, I'm picky about garlic. I like to buy it in bulk at the farmer's market or our food co-op, which sells locally-grown garlic in varieties from sweet to hot.

    Freezing is easy: separate dry cloves, place them on a cookie sheet, and put the cookie sheet in the freezer for maybe 45 minutes. Then just toss 'em in a jar or a zipper bag and take them out as you need them. They take very little time to thaw. I've kept garlic long enough to get me from harvest to harvest without a noticeable degradation of quality in cooked foods. Of course, having been frozen, they're not quite as firm for grating (and maybe for pressing; I never press garlic and just use my knife skills instead). But that little you lose is more than made up for in freshness.
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    When I made spaghetti sauce for a fundraiser of 100 people a few years ago we had leftovers and I hated to throw it away. It had already been frozen. So I gave it to a soup kitchen that was run by a church. My son was sure they wouldn't take it but they did.

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