Garlic: My favorite kitchen accessory
I love garlic. Like seriously LOVE garlic. I will add it to almost anything. If someone doesn’t like vegetables, but they like garlic, I can work with that. Not only is it super tasty and a great addition to almost every meal, it’s also incredibly healthy for you.
A summary of the benefits of garlic.
Garlic powder supplements reduce cardiovascular risk.
Garlic can aid in reducing hypertension (high blood pressure).
Certain vegetables, along with onions and garlic can reduce risk of certain cancers - and garlic goes with EVERY SINGLE VEGETABLE.
Garlic also has antibacterial properties.
When cooking with garlic, I recommend chopping/cutting it before you start the rest of the recipe, this increases some of the health promoting chemicals (see the first link above). More is almost always better (as long as the folks eating it don’t mind). Health benefits are linked to higher amounts, so eat lots, and eat it often.
Garlic is a GREAT way to add LOTS OF FLAVOR and still keep it healthy (as opposed to lots of fat and salt).
Fresh garlic is the way to go for cooking (supplements can help in health – see above). But that garlic is so darn tricky to peel! Here are two options:
- knife smash – This is what I do. Lay the clove on a cutting board, put the flat part of a large knife over it and CAREFULLY use your hand to smash down on it. The papery peel basically falls off.
- full head bowl smash/shake: I found this video. It looks awesome. I’m afraid to try it. Next time I need lots of garlic though, I’m going for it!