How to Make Minced Garlic for the Freezer and Stop Paying High Prices for Minced Garlic in a Jar
This post has my freezing tips for garlic to show you How to Make Minced Garlic for the Freezer and Stop Paying High Prices for Minced Garlic in a Jar because minced garlic in a jar is so handy, but those little jars of garlic and pricey if you use a lot of garlic. See Cooking Tips for more posts like this one.
I know some of you are total garlic purists who’d never use anything but freshly peeled and minced garlic, and those people won’t need this tip. I do use fresh garlic for any dish where I want that sharp garlic flavor, and love my little garlic chopper when I need to chop a lot quickly.
But for lots of recipes, especially when the garlic is going to be simmered in a sauce, soup, or stew, I like the convenience of pre-peeled garlic cloves, or (gasp) even minced garlic in a jar. What I don’t like is paying too much money for little jars of minced garlic that only last a week or two, so I started making my own pre-minced garlic for the freezer. This post will show you how I do it.
I’m a fan of these Christopher Ranch Garlic Cloves, and buy them at Costco. (This product used to come in a jar.) I can’t use this big bag of garlic cloves before they start to go bad in the fridge, so I came up with the idea of mincing the garlic and freezing it. (Christopher Ranch has no idea I an recommending their garlic and they haven’t paid me to promote it here!)
Steps for Making and Freezing Minced Garlic:
- I minced the garlic in my Cuisinart Food Processor fitted with the steel blade. I wanted chunky minced garlic, so I pulsed the machine on and off until I had the texture I wanted. You could let it go longer for garlic puree.
- I chopped up about half the bag of garlic cloves, which just filled this mini-muffin tin, and I froze the garlic in this muffin tin overnight. Each little ball of garlic is 2-3 tablespoons of minced garlic.
- You can also also use an ice-cube tray to freeze the garlic, although a plastic ice cube tray will absorb the garlic smell.
- When the garlic was frozen hard I sealed all the little cubes of frozen garlic into a bag, using my FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing Machine. Then the whole package went back into the freezer. (Label it so you know when you put it in there!)
- When I need to use some minced garlic, I cut open the bag and take out two cubes at a time, which I store in a little jar in the fridge. Reseal the bag with the rest of the garlic and put it back into the freezer.
- The frozen-and-thawed minced garlic will keep in the fridge for a little over a week, and I like the idea that it doesn’t have any preservatives, which the expensive jars of minced garlic often contain.
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