This week’s Vegetable Box Feature: One of the most common Superfoods: Garlic
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How to Store It:
Garlic will last a relatively long time no matter what. But for maximum shelf life, garlic prefers a fairly narrow range of specific conditions. The most crucial factor for storing garlic is temperature. And the best temperature for storing garlic is one that's cool, but not cold, and definitely not warm. The ideal temperature is around 15-18degrees Celsius. This typically means a cupboard, away from the stove, oven and any other heat sources (including sunlight) and one that's situated as close to the floor as possible. Keeping it dry (moisture is an enemy of garlic), ventilated (no bag is best) and whole also helps to extend its freshness.
Friendly Reminder to Pet Owners:
You must be careful when it comes to preparing garlic around pets. This is because it is naturally toxic to both cats and dogs. The same applies to onions, too!
How to Use It:
Garlic is a superstar ingredient that gives us a nutritional punch and adds wonderful flavour to many recipes. Garlic can be enjoyed both in raw and cooked forms. A delicious addition to soups, stews, casseroles, meat, fish or vegan dishes. It can be cooked by roasting, baking or stir frying it and did you know it can also be pickled?! When it comes to garlic, its hard to go wrong, so have fun experimenting with it in your cooking. Have you tried garlic ice cream yet?!
Vegan Garlic Chickpea Soup
Created By: The Clever Meal
This soup is not only super easy, but it’s also tasty and deliciously creamy.
1 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp chili flakes
2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas
1 large potato, diced
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
salt & black pepper, to taste
1. Firstly, pour one of the cans of chickpeas with its liquid into a blender and purée until smooth.
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower
Created by: Anna
This cauliflower can be served as a side dish or an appetizer along with a dipping sauce, like Ranch.
1/2 cup butter melted
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup Italian or plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 medium cauliflower head
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Roasted Garlic Dip
Created by:Renee Goerger
If you're a garlic addict, then you simply MUST make this Roasted Garlic Dip! With only a few ingredients, this amazing dip comes together in a flash and is ready to serve in minutes.
2 heads of garlic
1 tsp olive oil divided
1 stick butter softened to room temperature (I use salted)
1 block 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ teaspoon dried thyme
hot sauce to taste optional
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
This dip is best served at room temperature, so if chilling, take it out at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with crackers, assorted vegetables, pretzels, or on a spoon all by itself. Kidding… Not kidding.
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