Black Garlic

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Almost complete yesterday took the garlic out of rice cooker after 9 days on warm. I had the rice cooker in my detached garage during fermentation, the garlic smell gets very very very strong. For maximum flavor I've read to air dry for another 7 days ( my next step ) . When complete you can store them in mason jars for 6 mths in fridge. I've read that black garlic is a great anti oxidant. Black Garlic has a smokey molasses kind of taste.
IMG_0564.jpg Clean Cured Garlic
IMG_0565.jpg Rice cooker
IMG_0581.jpg Black Garlic ready to air dry
 

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That looks and sounds very interesting. How would you use it though? Add it to meals as you would normal garlic?
 

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That looks and sounds very interesting. How would you use it though? Add it to meals as you would normal garlic?
Sumi my DW loves it in salads it has a sweet taste it doesn't taste like traditional garlic at all.
There are many recipes on line here is just a sample http://blackgarlic.com/category/category/recipes.
The thing that intrigues me about black garlic is the health benefits. Ive read that helps fight cancer to regulate blood sugar and thinning hair to ED :idunno now im not sure all that's true however it does have twice the antioxidants of white garlic and more allicin.
 

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Where did you get it? Is it black when growing?

Actually have never heard of it. :)
 

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Where did you get it? Is it black when growing?

Actually have never heard of it. :)
Mini you ferment regular garlic . Ive been growing more garlic each year this year i harvested 500-600 heads and im planning on planting 1000 for next year. So ive been making garlic powder , tried scape powder this year and this is the second year making black garlic.
 

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i harvested 500-600 heads and im planning on planting 1000 for next year. So ive been making garlic powder , tried scape powder this year and this is the second year making black garlic.
You might be my new hero!! I can't get garlic to grow for me...
 

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You might be my new hero!! I can't get garlic to grow for me...
Awe shucks stop it FEM your inflating my ego IDK i purchased two varieties of garlic at a local produce auction 4 or 5 years ago and used them as seed garlic. Every year I sort out the largest 20% of each variety to use as next years seed and plant them in late Oct. In the spring time I feed them blood meal every two weeks until the scapes start growing and then stop feeding. Garlic likes nitrogen. Before I plant the garlic I prepare the bed with dried leaves and a couple inches of compost.
 
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