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How to peel fresh garlic and make garlic paste

2 simple ways to peel garlic, make garlic paste and how to store for optimal freshness and convinience
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Meal Preparation
Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients

  • 8 garlic bulbs or 2 cups peeled garlic if using peeled

Instructions

My 2 favorite ways to peel garlic

  • First, start by separating the cloves. The easiest way to do this is by placing the garlic bulb on a cutting board and then smashing the top of the bulb (root part) so that the individual cloves separate. Once the cloves are separated you can peel the garlic cloves in 2 ways:
  • Cut the top hard part of each clove and then peel the skin off
    OR use a garlic peeler tube. These silicone tubes are inexpensive and make peeling garlic super easy. Simply add separated garlic cloves in the tube, 8 to 10 at a time and roll the tube on a flat surface by applying gentle pressure on top. Most of the peels will come out and you can simply pick up the peeled cloves

How to make homemade garlic paste

  • Add peeled garlic cloves to a blender and blend them to make smooth paste. I like to use the Blendtec Twister Jar for making pastes, chutneys and spice blends. You can also use a food processor for this
    NOTE: There is no need to add any water during blending but if for some reason your blender does not blend it finely, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to it

How to store homemade garlic paste

  • Freeze the garlic paste in freezer zip lock bags or in silicone trays
    NOTE: If using freezer zip lock bags, remember to make thin layers of the garlic paste so it’s easy to break off smaller pieces when needed. You can use multiple zip lock bags for this. Frozen garlic paste not only retains the fresh flavors but also does not change its color
  • You can also refrigerate the garlic paste in a glass jar for up to 5 days
    NOTE: To keep the garlic from turning blueish-green, stir in a little bit of oil and salt to the paste

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