This Pickled Garlic Recipe is super easy to make and delicious to eat! People will think you worked for hours - shhh, it will be our secret!
Seriously, this Pickled Garlic recipe is an easy thirty minutes recipe that can be eaten as snacks or with salads and sauces.
You can thank my friend, Thara for this because it was from her that I learned just how easy it is to make!
Other recipes to enjoy for immunity and using garlic:
- Master Tonic a great immune booster
- Carrot Juice Recipes is my page for all things carrot juice related as well as, a bunch of terrific recipes like Carrot Superfood Juicing Recipe.
- Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic.
8 Health Benefits of Garlic
If you are looking for a reason to add garlic to your diet, here are a few reasons to get started eating garlic today!
1. May lower LDL
Garlic is great for lowering your LDL levels by about 10%. It doesn't appear to help your HDL or triglycerides, but adding it to your diet to help the LDL (bad cholesterol) is certainly a great start. You might try adding garlic to your eggplant and asparagus to help your cholesterol as well.
2. Boost athletic performance
Dating back to ancient Greece Olympians, garlic was administered as an athletic supplement. Garlic oil capsules may help reduce peak heart rates and increase exercise capacity. Being in top form can really help your times and increase endurance. Fatigue after a workout may also be reduced when garlic is added to your supplement regimen.
3. Control high blood pressure
Don't try this one without your doctor of course, but maybe bring it up in discussion - garlic may be as effective as standard blood pressure drugs in reducing blood pressure an average of 10 points! Polysulfides in garlic may help open or widen blood vessels, which is going to help your blood pressure because it has more room to move.
4. Reduce inflammation
Neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's may be caused by chronic inflammation of the brain. We just shared with you that garlic reduces blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and those are both helpful in reducing inflammation. Garlic also helps increase the anti-oxidant enzymes produced by your liver, leading to lower inflammation levels as well as helping to buffer free radicals in the body. Keep your brain and heart healthy and alert with garlic!
5. Aid in detox
If you work in factories or other places where you are exposed to heavy metals (such as lead) or have a concern that there is too much in your body, add garlic to your meals. Garlic helps you with free radical elimination, reduces headaches and blood pressure, and relieves symptoms of toxic metals. This is definitely something to keep in mind if toxicity is a concern of yours.
6. Combat sickness
Besides an "apple a day" keeping us healthy, did you know that garlic can reduce symptoms of a cold or flu if you do catch them?
A high dose of garlic daily can be beneficial in reducing the number of days sickness knocks you down. Some people even like to eat whole, peeled cloves several times a day to kick the symptoms to the curb.
7. Highly nutritious
If you're watching your diet, you're on the lookout for the best bang for your buck.
Garlic is very low in calories, but packs a punch. It contains: Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, Fiber, as well as decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1.
Why wouldn't you want to eat as much as you could? It's cheaper than a multivitamin.
8. Reduce Asthma
Asthma has an immune component to it, meaning asthmatics often find themselves with increased allergies or sinus troubles.
Garlic has been shown to reduce an individual's hypersensitivity to environmental stimuli which can in turn reduce their instance of having an asthma attack.
Pickled Garlic Step by Step
Rinse if necessary, garlic cloves and pack in clean sterilized jars. Photo 1
Add 1 teaspoon dill seeds to each jar. Photo 2
Combine vinegar, water and salt and bring to a boil. Pour liquid mixture into jars and wipe the rims. Photo 3
Place hot, sterile lids on jars and finger tighten the bands into place. Process jars in a boiling water bath for ten minutes. Photo 4
Top Tips for Making Pickled Garlic
Here are my top tips for making this recipe:
- Begin the hot water bath while you are preparing the boiling liquid and packing the jars.
- Use a wire mesh or wash cloth on the bottom of the boiler to hold the jars off the bottom during the water bath.
What About Garlic Breath?
These benefits can, of course, come with a lovely side effect: garlic breath. But, with pickled garlic, that is not a problem as with fresh garlic.
However, eating apples or mint leaves after your garlic consumption may help cut down on that!
Also if you have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinners, you'll want to consult your doctor before adding a garlic supplement to your daily rotation.
How to Make This Pickled Garlic Recipe
It is simply made by soaking garlic cloves in vinegar for a few days. It is safe for eating as early as one week but I suggest waiting if you can for the full 21 days. By then, the flavor will be fully enhanced.
Although one can get pickled garlic from the stores, if you're conscious of what you consume, you can make your own homemade pickled garlic. The recipe is at the end of the post.
Considering that you’ll be working with a large quantity of garlic, you can either use fresh garlic from the garden, but it takes a long time to peel and clean each clove.
You can speed up the process by dipping the cloves into hot water to loosen the skin.
However, if you don’t have that much time on your hands and you’ll prefer to make things easy like I do, I recommend buying the bags of peeled garlic.
Why Does Pickled Garlic Turn Greeny-Blue?
Before proceeding to make your pickled garlic, it is essential to know that at times, after a few days, the garlic changes color to either green or blue.
Generally, garlic contains amino acids and sulfur, and when pickled, they react to the acid in vinegar which causes it to change its color to blue.
To avoid this and retain the color of the garlic, heat vinegar, water and salt in the microwave.
Garlic cloves in vinegar also turn green when exposed to sunlight. You can prevent this by keeping the garlic-vinegar mixture out of sunlight.
There is nothing to worry about when pickled garlic changes color to green or blue; it’s safe to consume.
Generally, pickling garlic is one of the oldest ways of food preservation and picked garlic can last up to two years.
The only reason you should do away with the garlic and vinegar is if you notice any form of mold or yeast growth.
Does Pickled Garlic Smell?
For many people, the pungent smell of normal garlic is a big turn off.
Luckily, with fermentation, the smell becomes considerably milder and does not irritate anyone’s nose.
Pickled garlic has a considerably soothing taste for non-garlic lovers, and tastes just garlicky enough for garlic lovers. What does anyone have to lose? Nothing!
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Yield: 3 qts
- 4 c. vinegar
- 6 c. water
- ½ c. salt
- 3 lbs garlic fresh peeled
- 3 teaspoon dill seeds
Begin the hot water bath while you are preparing the boiling liquid and packing the jars.
Rinse if necessary, garlic cloves and pack in clean sterilized jars.
Add 1 teaspoon dill seeds to each jar.
Combine vinegar, water and salt and bring to a boil.
Pour liquid mixture into jars and wipe the rims. Place hot, sterile lids on jars and finger tighten the bands into place.
Process jars in a boiling water bath for ten minutes. Remove from water bath and place on a towel on the countertop (where they can remain to cool undisturbed until completely cooled or overnight.
Store them for 21 days.
Before opening, place in the refrigerator to chill for 24 hours for best flavor.
I find it easier to buy a 3 lbs bag of fresh peeled garlic but fresh from the garden also works great.
What Do You Serve Pickled Garlic With?
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