|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||28%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Besides cucumbers, many types of vegetables can be pickled, including garlic. Although some recipes call for cooking and canning, this recipe is simple: Just cover garlic cloves (and red chile peppers, if you like) with a vinegar, salt, and sugar mixture, and let sit in the fridge for a few weeks before enjoying. These pickled garlic cloves are great on a relish tray for those with a bold palate, but they can also stand in recipes calling for raw garlic, such as salad dressings, compound butters, or marinades, or the flavorful cloves can be added to roasts before putting in the oven, or used as a garnish for a bloody mary.
To make peeling the garlic simpler, the cloves are blanched first, which makes the skins loosen and come off easily. Although this adds a step, it will save you a lot of time since you will be peeling roughly 50 cloves. Quickly dropping in boiling water will not cook the garlic and will keep the cloves intact.
All you need is a one-pint jar and a little patience as the garlic needs at least a month to pickle. The garlic will last for a year when kept in the fridge.
4 to 6 bulbs garlic
3 dried red chile peppers, such as arbol, optional
1 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, separate the garlic bulbs into cloves. Drop the cloves into the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds.
Drain and rinse the cloves with cold water to stop the cooking. Peel the cloves.
Pack the cloves in a 1-pint jar, adding in the chiles, if you like.
Combine the vinegar, salt, and sugar in a bowl, stirring until the salt and sugar fully dissolve.
Pour the mixture over the garlic cloves to cover them completely. (You may have some leftover liquid.)
Cover the jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for at least one month before using. The pickled garlic will keep, chilled, for at least a year.
Why did my garlic turn blue?
If you checked on the garlic as it was pickling, you may have been surprised to see that it had turned a shade of blue. Don't be quick to throw it out—this discoloration may be unappealing, but it does not make the garlic dangerous to eat. This is caused by a chemical reaction and can happen when garlic comes into contact with an acid, like vinegar. This may be avoidable by using the freshest garlic you can find; purchase firm bulbs that are void of any blemishes, mold, and soft spots, and free of any green sprouts, which are a sign of age.