Kitchen Tip – Minced-Ahead Garlic

by Mama Chocolate on February 2, 2011

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!
Ta-da!
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.

See also how to freeze onions!

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LaVonne @ Long Wait February 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I am already following you :) I came across your introduction in the Blogelina BlogFrog community discussion and realized I recognized that blog name ;)

I look forward to networking with you further.

Blessings!

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Katie February 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Following you.. from Blogelina's BlogFrog community :)

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Katie Hurley, LCSW February 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

That is an excellent idea! I also hate cleaning the garlic press! I am so glad I stopped by today…I need you in my life! Thanks for following Practical Parenting!

Katie
http://www.practicalkatie.com

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Tanya (a Taste of T) February 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I would like at least 500 of those tiny pieces of heaven please.

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Marni's Organized Mess February 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

What a brilliant idea!! I am your newest follower, and I've liked you on Facebook too!

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Karla February 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Great idea!

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