Monday, May 23, 2011

Garlic Logs, by request

I make this handy dandy convenience product for myself, and it happens to be a great gift to foodie friends as well. If you grow your own garlic, this would be wonderful at harvest time. However I currently do not grow garlic, so I get a big bag at Costco.

This is really simple, takes about an hour, with exception to the cooling time for the roasted garlic. Your investment of time, will give back to you ten fold. Lets get started.....

Frozen Garlic Logs
by the seat of my pants
makes 5 - 4 plain and 1 roasted

3 pounds of garlic cloves, peeled
2 T olive oil
5 gallon freezer bags
10 clothes pins

To make roasted garlic:

Pour a rounded 2 cups of garlic into a roasting pan with a lid, drizzle with the oil.

 Cover and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Stir, reduce heat to 250, bake 20 minutes, stir and bake 20 additional minutes. When you remove this from the oven, stir one last time.

Keep lid off, and let cool. When cool process the garlic in the same manner as the fresh garlic, and freeze.

Do be aware that the roasted garlic will have a stick texture, and chop more quickly than the raw garlic. 

To freeze fresh garlic:

Empty half of the remaining garlic into food processor bowl, process until finely chopped, using the pulse button at the end, to prevent making a mush or puree.

Empty into a glass or stainless bowl (I think this much garlic might smell stain a plastic bowl). Repeat with remaining garlic.
Smooth top of garlic in the bowl, score into 4 sections.

Prepare the wrappers:

Cut the zip strip off the freezer bag. Cut bag at the seam on each side, leaving the folded bottom intact. Open bag flat, you will have a large rectangle.

Spoon 1/4 of the mixture onto the bag. Shape into a compact rectangle. Bring sides together, and the rectangle will fold in half, fold the sides down snug against the garlic. Twist one end, and secure with a clothespin. "Sit" the log on the clothespin end, and gently work out any air. Work the next end to be as flat as possible, twist the plastic and secure with a clothespin. Repeat with remaining chopped garlic, freezer bags and clothes pin.

Place logs in the freezer. When frozen change out the clothespins with a secure closure of your choice, the clothespins were only needed to quickly close the end of the logs and are not meant to be used after the logs have frozen solid and easier to work with.

To use:  Slice a thin slice of frozen garlic, this is equal to a clove of minced garlic.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello.
I appreciate your time and your comments.

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Reeni said...

I remember you talking about these awhile back! Thank you for showing us how to make them!

Candace said...

What a great idea!

Elsa said...

Thank you for the kind words! And this is a great idea!

Michelle said...

This looks great!! Thank you for sharing!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

This is a fantastic idea! I can't wait to give this a try!

laurie said...

this is such a super idea,, your house must have smelled so good doing this,,, yum!

Pegasuslegend said...

your a genius!

Heather @girlichef said...

That's a pretty handy idea! And I can't resist the sound of a garlic log ;)

Sage Trifle said...

I've been waiting for this post ever since you first mentioned those frozen garlic rolls. Intriguing. Though I have to say I have never seen a 3 pound bag of garlic. But I suppose I could use enough fresh garlic and make 1 frozen roll. Do you think regular cling wrap and twist ties would work?

Sheila said...

What a neat idea. I can't wait to go to Costco so I can get some garlic and do this. I just love learning new things on others blogs. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

MM said...

When I saw the photo at Hearth & Soul, I thought this must be a garlic compound butter. But, oh no! You've hit it out of the park with a roll of pure garlic! This is really something.

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

What excellent ideas Melynda! I love the idea of preserving garlic this way, and how great to have it always on hand, ready to go. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

Christy said...

Wow - garlic heaven!! I love the idea of this - I know know about peeling that many cloves! (no costco in my area!)