Thanks Donna! I was doubtfull but Pepin put it to the test. Sounds like a rumor some garlic farmer might have started.
I keep fresh garlic in the fridge. Does that hurt it?
It has been frequently said not to use garlic that has begun to sprout as it would be distasteful, but Jacque Pepin put the kabosh on that some time ago and said sprouted garlic is perfectly alright to use. I’ve used it ever since he said that and we’re still alive, and it still tastes good to us. I would trust Chef Pepin over most anyone else anytime.
Yep, it was the sprouts I was talking about. I am doubtfull that a little sprouting would change the flavor of the pod, but? It does not change an onion.
hmmm, where’s that "new vegtable" thread… braised garlic sprouts!
xannie, I think PapaJoe was saying to use the sprouts not the bulbs. I have also heard that bulbs will be bitter after sprouting. Doatsie
i always thought if garlic was sprouting,
you couldn’t use it because it would be bitter.
I bet those sprouts would be good for something. We have some wild stuff that grows here that folks call wild garlic, looks more like an onion to me, and I have used those spruots. Adds a good flavor to whatever.
I keep my cloves of garlic in a plastic container with holes punched in the lid. It seems to work.
Thanks, Mr. Hoffman!
i can’t seem to find fresh garlic.
guess it’s time to find a better grocery store.
Someone posted a question about garlic sprouting within a couple of days of bringing it home from the store. That post seems to have dispearred as I tried to respond. So, for whoever it was, I hope this helps:
The only thing you’re doing wrong is buying old garlic, and it’s not your fault. [:D]
Make sure the garlic heads you buy have tight papery skin and no discoloration. Store them in a cool, dry place. I keep my garlic in a hanging wire basket. Unless you’re going to be making 40-clove roasted chicken or something like that, it’s usually best to buy no more than two whole heads at a time. I have found that at one Kroger supermarket near me the garlic is always old, while at another Kroger, also near me, the garlic is always fresh.
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