How Much Garlic is One Clove?

Garlic is so loved throughout history and the world that there are annual festivals where garlic lovers unite and celebrate its significance. Garlic adds a distinct flavor to many dishes and recipes as well as offers a wealth of nutritional value. But one of the questions many cooks and culinary artists have is how much garlic is one clove?

So How Much Garlic Is One Clove? Since garlic grows in different sizes and types we will base our answer on a medium-sized clove of white garlic. On medium-size clove of garlic equals 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic. 

There are different types of garlic and a variety of ways to use them in recipes. The average consumer will use the soft neck variety found in groceries and supermarkets throughout the year and features about 40 cloves. The hard neck variety is usually sold at seasonal farmer’s markets and features a long woody stem, with only 12 cloves of garlic. Let’s take a look at some of garlic’s history and how to enjoy it.

What is Garlic and How Can You Use it? 

Garlic is actually considered a vegetable that is part of the onion family with its relatives, shallots, leeks, and chives. Garlic is one of the oldest known foods in the world and has a rich history and tradition that has been enjoyed for thousands of years by many civilizations. Research shows that garlic was first used in Asia, during Neolithic times, and then spread to the Middle East and northern Africa finally making its way to Europe and America. Because garlic was soon recognized for its nutritional and medicinal value, it was considered one of nature’s most precious gifts. Here are some interesting facts about garlic.

  • Garlic Cloves:  Garlic cloves, peels included that are from whole heads of garlic have the best flavor and can be stored at room temperature
  • Pre Peeled Garlic:  Pre peeled garlic is not as strong as cloves with the peels, must be refrigerated, and their potency only last about two weeks
  • Minced Garlic:  Minced garlic is available in a jar, may have additives to preserve the flavor but doesn’t have the same potency and consistency of freshly minced garlic
  • Garlic Powder:  Garlic powder is located in the market’s spice aisle and is pulverized, dehydrated garlic that can be used in recipes for a hint of garlic flavor.

How Do You Properly Peel The Papery Skin Off Garlic?

There are multiple ways to remove the peel from the garlic. There are kitchen gadgets to assist you in this endeavor, but an average sharp kitchen knife will work perfectly. Simply slice the root end of each clove and slowly peel back the paper like skin. You can microwave the whole head of garlic for approximately 10 to 20 seconds. This makes the peels slip off. One other method is to bread the garlic head apart, and with your hand or the side of the knife’s blade, press firmly down on the cloves, breaking them and the peels will slip off. 

Do You Use More Fresh Garlic Than Other Processed Garlic Types?

Always refer to the recipe before adding garlic as the amount will vary based on whether you are using fresh, jarred, minced, etc. Fresh garlic that is chopped, minced or whole is more potent and flavorful. If you enjoy a strong garlic flavor in your add more to a recipe. Otherwise, use the amount listed on the recipe or less.

Can You Eat Raw Garlic?

Yes, garlic and be consumed either raw or cooked. Raw garlic can be enjoyed on garlic bread, ranch dressing, salsa, guacamole, salad dressings, added to pasta sauce, rice, noodles, salads, mashed potatoes, hot sauce, meat dishes, and enjoyed by the spoonful. 

Is Garlic Healthy For You?

Yes, Garlic, especially consumed fresh has amazing health benefits. Doctors of the past used it before antibiotics were available to help kill bacteria and viruses. Garlic is full of antioxidants and proven health benefits to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Garlic is also known to still kill bacteria and viruses that lead to illnesses. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Garlic

How Do You Get Just A Hint Of Garlic Flavor?

There are many ways to get just a touch of garlic into a dish. One method is to remove the peel from a clove and rub it along a salad bowl or dish you will be eating or cooking with. The fresh oils from the clove will add the essence of garlic without the robust flavor.

Does Garlic Flavor Change When Cooked?

Yes, the flavor of garlic will be enhanced with cooking at the proper temperature. For example, one clove of garlic minced and added to hot oil will become bitter if cooked too long. Garlic that is added to soup, stew, and other recipes will blend with all the ingredients during cooking.

Can You Bake Or Roast Garlic?

Roasting garlic is an amazing way to bring out all the luscious flavors and textures of garlic as well as make it easier to digest. Simply put a peeled head of garlic on a piece of foil or baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Allow to roast in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until the cloves are brown and soft to touch. Remove from oven and cool. Using a fork squeeze the roasted garlic from the remaining skins and enjoy on crackers, toasted bread, veggies or add to recipes.

Can You Grow Your Own Garlic?

Yes, you can grow your own garlic by planting the individual cloves into the ground in the Fall or early spring in a warm sunny spot.

How Do You Get Rid of Garlic Breath?

Although flavorful, garlic does leave a lingering smell in the house and on your breath. Simply using warm soapy water will remove the garlic from your hands and countertops. Some experts recommend eating fresh parsley, mint or apple slices to get rid of garlic breath.

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