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How to Get the Most Out of Your Garlic

We all know that garlic is chock full of health benefits, but don't chop it though. Oh no, to reap the benefits of garlic you need to crush it. It seems that crushing it conserves its healthy anti-clotting compounds.

Not only that, but you should hold off cooking it for 10 minutes after you have smashed or pressed it. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., leaving the prepared garlic out in the open for 10 minutes allows certain enzymes to kick in and unleash garlic's alleged cancer-fighting prowess.

It is also suggested that you only cook garlic for 3 - 6 minutes. Sounds like we all might have to alter some recipes a bit to save those garlic compounds.

Fit's Tip: I suggest starting with prepping the garlic when you are cooking. Peel and smash all the cloves you are going to use first, then prep the rest of your ingredients.

Join The Conversation
ktacce ktacce 10 years
i had no idea! with all these posts about food i'm getting hungry! this is why i avoid yum sugar in the middle of the day!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
good tip- i like the way it tastes when crushed better anyway!
marley11 marley11 10 years
A lot of the food i cook uses garlic. so for the past couple of years, ive been growing my own garlic. natural is definitely the best w/more flavor!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
I love garlic, too! Thanks for these tips!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
I LOVE garlic! I knew about crushing as that releases the oils and makes for more flavorful food, but I was unaware of the 10 minute rule. Thanks!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
I store my fresh garlic in a "garlic keeper" (a container with holes on the sides for proper ventilation) on my counter. It keeps garlic fresher and is more flavorful than keeping in in the refrigerator.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
I'm a HUGE FAN of garlic, thanks for the tips :)
alysin23 alysin23 10 years
me too! I could not live with out garlic!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
I love my garlic, thanks for the tips!
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