Tuesday Tips: Minced-Ahead Garlic
This is a guest post from Johanna at Mama Chocolate, where she writes about “children, chores and chocolate” and hosts regular reviews and giveaways.
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I hate pulling out my garlic press and peeling the sticky little cloves every time I want fresh minced garlic in my cooking.
Most of all, I hate cleaning my garlic press.
So, I quit.
Now I just do 3 pounds of it at once to get it over with.
Step 1: Peel a mountain of garlic while you sit with your sick kiddo who wants you snuggle on the couch with her and watch “Swan Princess” for the 4,257th time.
Step 2: Dump all your peeled garlic into a food processor or any other handy chopping device and pulse several times until it’s to your desired minced-ness.
Step 3: Use a tablespoon measure to plop it all out on to something that’s easy to pop it off of later when it’s frozen. (I use my plastic cutting mats.)
Step 4: Freeze them.
Step 5: Pop ’em all off the tray and into a freezable container or bag!
This whole process is one of my mama-in-law’s clever ideas!
I love it! I have fresh minced garlic always on hand in my freezer in tidy little tablespoonfuls!
I have now practically eliminated one of my least favorite kitchen jobs: washing the garlic press!
Don’t ask me why I hate it so much. I just do, ‘k?
Instead of the dreaded task being almost a daily occurrence, (okay, so we eat a lot of garlic,) I can simply open my freezer, pull out the bag and grab one or two handy-dandy little tablespoon-sized garlic blops!
Or, I might grab one (or more!) of these… 110 delightful little pieces of heaven sitting in my freezer.
Thanks for sharing your tips today, Johanna!