Tips on Using and Storing Your Garlic Harvest – Now that you have harvested your own organic seed garlic, you are ready to use it. Here are some great garlic tips for using and storing extra garlic from your garlic harvest.
How to store your extra organic culinary garlic and organic seed garlic
Garlic stores best when it is kept cool and dry. We store our garlic seed in our garage that is kept at about 59 degrees. Make sure it is out of direct sunlight, away from any source of heat and that it has good air circulation. During winter months it is important to keep it from freezing. Here are a few ideas for using and storing your organic garlic.
How to peel lots of garlic: Easy Garlic Peeling Trick
Put one quart of water in a pot and heat. Allow the water to get hot but not boiling. While the water is heating, set up your ice water bath. I use a large stainless steel bowl. Fill about 3/4’s of the way with cold water and add a few handfuls of ice cubes. Now back to the hot water… place your garlic cloves in the water and stir around for 5 to 6 seconds. Use a large colander and drain off the hot water. Next step: place garlic cloves into ice water. Let garlic sit in ice bath for about 60 seconds and then drain off the ice water. You can let the garlic sit for a few minutes before peeling (otherwise your hands get really cold!). The skins of the garlic should be loose and come off easily. I will also use my EZ Roll garlic peeler and jam it full of cloves and roll on a cutting board. The garlic will literally pop right out of the skins. If you are just peeling a few cloves at a time, the EZ Roll Garlic Peeler works fabulous.
How to Garlic Powder / How to make Dehydrated garlic
Start out with some nice big bulbs of garlic. Marbled Purple Stripes and Porcelains are great because they are easy to peel. Green garlic (garlic that is not cured) works great because it is easy to peel. Peel about four pounds of organic garlic, (see Easy Peeling Trick above for how to peel large amounts of garlic).
It will take approximately two pounds of fresh garlic to make one pound of dehydrated garlic. Two pounds of crushed garlic will fill up three trays on your dehydrator. I like to use the culls and shovel hits for my organic dried garlic. By December or January, if you still have some garlic left over it is a good idea to start to make it into garlic powder (at this time it is not getting any fresher!)
After you have peeled your garlic, place in a cuisnart and chop. If the trays do not have the plastic liner, line the trays with waxed paper. Using a rubber spatula or a spoon spread the chopped garlic evenly on the tray.