Can Fresh Minced Garlic Be Stored In Olive Oil Like At The Grocery Or Are There Other Preservatives That Need To Be Added?


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donna jackson Profile
donna jackson answered
Yes, this is a perfectly good way to store peeled and chopped garlic. As long as it is covered by the oil it will not discolour or go off. You can prepare garlic like this when you have it in abundance, store in the fridge once opened, and then just take some out of the oil with a teaspoon when you need it for a sauce, dips, or steaks.
Another wonderful way to store this for adding to pasta sauce, is to chop up the garlic with a large bunch of flat leaf parsley, chop the parsley very fine, so that you have enough to fill the jar, or jars, then mix in the chopped garlic and top up the jar to the top with oil.
This will keep for weeks and is great added to bottled tomato sauce to freshen it up, and give it real taste.

These also make great gifts, if you get nice jars with a piece of string and a brown card label, and write what it is, and its uses. Then attach the label with the string at the rim of the jar just under the lid.
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robert lipton
robert lipton commented
this is a perfect environment for botulism
Anonymous commented
There do appear to be concerns about botulism coming from this mix. Check it out on the internet.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I want to know the safest way of keeping  minced garlic?
I used to put it in olive oil but now apparently thats not safe
is it ok to put water in it?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No!!! You run the risk of  food posining!NO NO NO NO!   NO!
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Rajesh Shri answered
Ever since man has realized that certain vegetables and fruits can be preserved for use later, he has been experimenting to save for a rainy day. With the advancement in information and technique, this led to the onset of further testing the prescribed and tried and tested methods. Among the vegetables that are commonly preserved are onions, chilies, garlic, ginger and most other vegetables. The preservation methods adopted include soaking the vegetables in brine solutions, vinegar solutions and drying. However, today people are very conscious about what they consume and the nutrients preserved via the technique adopted. Also, today most kitchens need to be equipped to deal with quick cooking methods and emergencies.

Garlic is considered not only for its distinct flavor and taste, but also for the medicinal value it has. It is excellent for digestion and works as an 'internal healer' for a number of ailments. In pharmacies, the goodness of garlic is available in the form of 'garlic pearls' or capsules with garlic concentrate. In the local markets and kitchens, garlic is preserved and stored in a number of ways. The most common ways of storing or preserving garlic for future use is by soaking the flakes in a solution of vinegar or olive oil.

The vinegar commonly used to preserve garlic needs to be at least four times as strong as the vinegar commonly used in cooking. Prior to soaking the flakes in the vinegar solution or olive oil, the garlic needs to be cleaned and the natural water content in the herb needs to be preserved. This is done by soaking the garlic in a brine solution, a water and salt concentrate, and then added to the olive oil base. This ensures the goodness of garlic available, every time you use the preserved flakes in regular cooking.

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