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Easy Garlic Usage

I LOVE garlic!  This last pregnancy a few of my favorite things I had to do without so that I would not have to do without sleep – garlic was one of them.  At least that is, I couldn’t have it after breakfast.

Well now that baby is out and in the world – back to my favorite things!  I usually get a big bag from costco and roast some up whenever I have the oven on for some other reason.

Garlic makes everything yummier!  I use it every time I can add it into what I am making.  My FAVORITE way is roasted with butter on a good piece of bread.  A little bread and butter with my garlic please!
If I have the oven on for any reason I take advantage and double up by throwing some in to roast.  Here’s how I do it, quick and easy!

In the past, the easiest way for me to do it was to peel it In most cases my “Garlic Girl” would do it for me), add a little olive oil, salt and pepper and then wrap it up in aluminum – the poor man’s solution – BUT very effective.

With my mom being in town to help with the kiddos for our impending new arrival, I was finally able to get to the thrift stores kid free!  OH boy did I find some great stuff. My favorite was something I had been dying to buy for years now, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on something I had been functioning with out.

My TWO DOLLAR find!!!  A terracotta garlic roaster.  I think I spent around $12 this day and got at least seven really unique things, three of which I had been needing to find or replace.

Another way I just recently learned about was boiling it.  Break up the head of garlic and cover with water.  Bring to boil, then turn down to simmer till soft – about 20 minutes.  Drain and squeeze the garlic out of the skins and then mash into a paste,  It can then easily be mixed into softened butter.  YUM YUM!

One of the big things I don’t particularly like about cooking with garlic is the smell it leaves on my fingers.  AND with nursing and being around a little one these days I am particularly sensitive to not overwhelming his little nose.  One option would be a garlic press, which I faithfully used in the first years of marriage.

I was fairly easy to use – no peeling required.  But then again it seemed messy and I hated cleaning it.  I also felt like much of the clove went to waste.  In comes a great solution!  A micro-planer.  The same on I used for hard cheeses and zesting.  It is great!  No mincing, or smashing garlic into a paste with salt.  Just a few quick back and forths and you have a nice paste sitting directly in your pan.

What are some of your favorite ways to use garlic in your kitchen – or around the house for that matter?

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