Follow the step-by-step process of how to roast garlic cloves, store them in the freezer and eat them in your dinner tonight. It's an easy, low-carb way to add healthy flavor to your next recipe!
How to Roast Garlic Cloves Step-by-Step
You're going to want to do several heads of garlic at one time so there is plenty to freeze!
Cut the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed. The cloves that are a little lower on the side of the garlic head can be hard to get. I missed one in the picture below. Do you see it? A ½ inch cut is generally good.
Peel the loose papery skin off. (It doesn't all need to come off though.) Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle it with salt. The oil will permeate the head of garlic and run down the sides and that's a good thing. You want the entire head to be coated.
Fold the aluminum foil into a packet...or just pull up the sides and scrunch them closed at the top.
Bake the packet in a 400-degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 45 minutes. The same process is used to cook the garlic head on the grill or in a toaster oven. The cloves will be fork tender when they are done. Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working further with it.
Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don't fall out easily.
How to Store Roasted Garlic in the Refrigerator
Roasted garlic will stay good in the refrigerator for about a 3-4 days. Store whole cloves or mashed cloves in an airtight container and lift out as needed.
How to Freeze Roasted Garlic Cloves
Freeze whole roasted garlic cloves or mashed cloves. Spread whole cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet and allow to them to freeze before transferring them to an airtight bag or container. For mashed garlic cloves, freeze in small portions, such as 1 teaspoon, in an ice cube tray.
Recipe Ideas and Ways to Eat Roasted Garlic
Most people don't enjoy raw, uncooked garlic. But, that's not the case once it has been roasted. Roasted garlic has a sweetish, mellow flavor and a buttery feel to it and can be eaten all by itself. Or, try one of these ideas:
- Stir cloves into crock-pot mashed potatoes.
- Spread mashed cloves on microwave corn on the cob or into vegetables like cauliflower or green beans.
- Mix them with softened butter (and herbs, if desired.) This mixture will liven up vegetables, pan fry chicken or fish and in shrimp scampi.
- Add whole cloves as a pizza topping or spread mashed garlic on the base and crust.
- Add whole or mashed cloves to spaghetti or pasta dishes.
- Add whole or mashed cloves to soup.
- Throw a few whole cloves into a salad.
- Rub garlic like a paste on meat before roasting.
- Use it in hummus, guacamole or other dips that call for garlic.
- Spread it on a slice of crusty bread, crackers or make garlic toast.
You'll find more creative ideas in 25 Things to do with Roasted Garlic by The Wicked Noodle.
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How to Roast Garlic Cloves and Freeze Them
- 1 Garlic Head
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut about ½ inch off the top of a head of garlic so that the tips of the cloves are nipped off and exposed.
- Peel off any loose papery skin.
- Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt.
- Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil into a packet.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until the cloves are fork tender.
- Allow the head of garlic to cool about 10 minutes before working with it.
- Grab the head of garlic by the closed bottom and squeeze out the cloves. Use a fork to tease out any that don’t fall out easily.
- Enjoy the cloves whole or mash with a fork.
- To freeze, spread whole cloves on a baking sheet in the freezer until the cloves are firm and then transfer to an air tight container. Or, mash garlic and freeze small portions in an ice cube tray.