After harvesting over 8000 (!) bulbs of delicious Garlic this year, we are taking a well deserved break for a little while. We decided to take a trip to Southern California again – it is the reward for pulling all those Garlic Scapes, weeding all those Garlic rows, harvesting all those Garlic bulbs, cleaning boxes and boxes of Garlic, selling boxes and boxes….well, you get the picture.
This coming year will see us even busier, as we now have over 23,000 (!!!) Garlic bulbs in the ground for harvest in late July of 2017. Many was the time that Graham and I said to each other “after this is done, why don’t we go golfing for awhile”.
Here’s where preserving Garlic in oil comes into the picture. ( I know, I’m long-winded).
We simply HAVE to have Garlic to cook with, even while we are away. We are true Garlic Heads and that’s how we came up with the perfect logo for Bradley Creek Garlic Farms!
However, we are not allowed to bring Garlic bulbs with us into the USA, unless they are completely peeled. Totally understandable, as they are trying to keep foreign dirt (and bugs) out of the country. Side note: Chinese Garlic has all the roots completely shaved off – this is an easy way to tell where the grocery store garlic comes from.
We decided to bring along a few quart Mason jars full of Garlic along with us, so we would have it on hand for cooking. Look how huge those cloves are!
Here’s how we did it. We filled a quart mason jar with the garlic cloves.
We poured extra virgin olive oil over the cloves.
Add enough olive oil to completely cover the cloves. Make sure they are submerged and that no part of the cloves are exposed to the air.
Add your seal and ring and close tightly. Then, put the jar in the refrigerator and keep it there! Remove the cloves as needed for cooking, but be sure to return the jar to the fridge. The olive oil will solidify and it doesn’t look as pretty as when you first added the oil, but it is much safer to store the jar in the fridge.
We’ve been enjoying garlic on a regular basis, using it for cooking most nights! So if you need to find a way to store garlic, give this a try.
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