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What Kind of Garlic Do You Cook With?

The other day I went to Trader Joe's with my girlfriend Kristal. One of the ingredients on her grocery list was frozen crushed garlic. I was surprised and wondered why she didn't use fresh garlic. Apparently she prefers the crushed variation because it saves time and doesn't leave the smell of garlic on her hands. It got me thinking about alternative forms of garlic.

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Twinkle1 Twinkle1 7 years
I use fresh, frozen and jarred garlic. We don't live anywhere near a grocery store so I don't always have fresh garlic on hand.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
fresh is the best, but I like the peculiar way the jar stuff tastes and my dried sea salt/garlic grinder is awesome for preparing chicken breast in about three seconds. It's like how sometimes you just want flavored coffeemate instead of real half and half.
reeeeka reeeeka 7 years
Depends on what were making and how much time I have. We have Dorats, fresh and jarred.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
I keep a huge jar of garlic in water. It's too quick and easy to pass up. I use fresh for certain dishes, I just don't keep it on hand.
live-4-gossip live-4-gossip 7 years
I have never heard of frozen garlic before! I would think it would have an odd texture.
marie-lee marie-lee 7 years
Fresh garlic but I use the jarred stuff (I always check the label to get the one with the highest percentage of garlic) if I can't buy anything Australia as I try to buy Australian produce whenever possible.
mcfolly mcfolly 7 years
Fresh, only, all the time. And lots and lots of it!!
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
Fresh, fresh, fresh. Though I will admit to using garlic powder as well, but the fresh always tastes better.
emalove emalove 7 years
Always fresh for me.
mnp mnp 7 years
I think you can only find this at some Asian supermarkets but I found packaged fresh and already peeled cloves of garlic. =) It made it so easy to use! But then again, I ended up tossing away the garlic because I couldn't use it all at once.
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 7 years
freshest is bestest..it what i like anyway. heh
mellie_608 mellie_608 7 years
The trick to rubbing on metal is that it needs to be stainless steel. I don't have one of those fancy stones, I just CAREFULLY rub with dish soap on the dull side of one of my larger knives, it works great.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
LOL true song on feeding us powder! The stainless trick works for me. but I swear the day after eating something with lots of garlic in it (espe. fresh!) I smell like garlic, which is disgusting!
mellie_608 mellie_608 7 years
I use fresh in most cases, but I've tried them all. Jarred in oil, just minced in a jar, refrigerated peeled and individually packed... There really is nothing like fresh, once it's been chopped up it seems to lose its' intensity.
sucraRush sucraRush 7 years
Correct me if I'm wrong but using fresh garlic is the healthiest wrong because there are no preservatives whatsoever in them?
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
fresh for me... though I do buy that kind of frozen thing with cilantro
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I have tried rubbing my hands on every metal thing in our house, and my hands still smell for days! But I just use a press for garlic so I don't have to touch it. Onions, though, christ! I'm going to start wearing rubber gloves.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
@Tina Denali... if you rub your hands on something metal after chopping or peeling (or touching) garlic, it takes the smell away 100%.... and for the record, only fresh.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
>those who use jarred are seen as having poor taste while those who only use fresh are seen as smug (which, I have to say, they usually are.) True that. I use both, but if any of you fresh die-hards come to my house for dinner I'm slipping powder in your food! Muahahaha
TinaDenali TinaDenali 7 years
I bought a huge jar of minced garlic at Costco last year (and it just ran out) and I wasn't very impressed with it. It SMELLED like garlic, but you had to put SOO much in just to get a garlic taste. It was very mild. So, I am back with fresh. My only problem is I am a massage therapist... so garlic fingers for days just doesn't fly with my clients. So to solve this problem: Hubby chops garlic. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Fresh. I'm not a prissy cook.
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
C'mon guys, how much time does it take to smash 2-3 cloves and then chop finelly?!? I don't buy the "no time" excuse :-D
laurelm laurelm 7 years
I always use fresh, but I have heard the frozen from Trader Joe's is awesome and great to use. Sigh I have no Tj's here though...
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I always use fresh....but I hate the way my hands smell afterward. I don't use it very often, this frozen garlic is looking better and better! Oh how I love the Trader Joes.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Only fresh. and EWWW to powder!
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