What is Black Garlic

Black garlic is made with garlic cloves aged for months in a controlled atmosphere. During the process, the bite of fresh garlic is lost, and a new flavor profile emerges with notes of licorice, tamarind, and caramel. The hard cloves soften to a spreadable consistency that can be used alone or in sauces, soups, and garnishes, having a completely different taste than fresh garlic. Coming from a centuries-old Korean process for storing garlic, black garlic is in high demand with chefs in New York and Paris.

How Black Garlic is made

The highest quality of organically grown heirloom garlic is selected for ageing. Heirloom garlic is aged at the precise temperature for the perfect amount of weeks to achieve the desired taste.

What does Black Garlic taste like

The flavor of black garlic has the slight tang of tamarind or balsamic vinegar and a mild sweetness that resembles rich molasses with the complexity and umami notes of soy sauce. Its cloves are much softer than fresh garlic, and stickier. The cloves dry slightly during the aging process resulting in a slightly chewy but tender texture.

How to Use Black Garlic in Your Cooking

You can use black garlic for all the same purposes as regular garlic.

  • 01 Add to salad dressing

    You can purée peeled cloves into a savory vinaigrette along with olive oil, white wine vinegar, black pepper, lemon juice, and a dash of soy sauce.

  • Mix black garlic in with stews, casseroles, and even risotto to add a subtly sweet, umami flavor.

  • Add some to your home stir-fry or sprinkle a bit into a ramen dish.

  • Some adventurous chefs use peeled black garlic to make black garlic ice cream.

  • You can roast heads of black garlic with meat and veggies. Crispy black garlic tastes delicious on roasted chicken.

  • Add black garlic to condiments like mustard or aioli. Given black garlic's lengthy prep time, take care not to let it get overwhelmed by other flavors.

  • You can sprinkle minced black garlic onto grilled fish or meat for an umami burst.

How long will Black Garlic last

A whole head of black garlic will last at room temperature for one month if you let it breathe or keep it in a package. Peeled black garlic cloves will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for around one week. You can also freeze black garlic for an extended shelf life of one year.

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