Homemade Preserved Garlic

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If you grow garlic then you already know how precious those fragrant bulbs are. Not only do they add the most incredible flavor to just about any dish, but they are one of natures 'super foods' with some many health benefits. Most of us should be eating more garlic than we do and taking advantage of all the goodness it has to offer.

Some benefits of garlic:

- Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which has potent medical properties.

- Garlic supplementation is known to boost the function of the immune system.

- In one study, aged garlic extract at doses of 600-1,500 mg was just as effective as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24 week period.

- Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious. A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of garlic contains:

Manganese: 23% of the RDA.

Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.

Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.

Selenium: 6% of the RDA.

Fiber: 1 gram.

Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.

When it comes to preserving your home grown garlic (or else farmers market bought garlic), you will be happy to know that this recipe will keep the very fresh flavor that we all have come to know and love. When you are ready to use it, you just need to open a jar, take out however many cloves you need, give them a rinse and start chopping. The natural oils found in the garlic prevent the vinegar from being absorbed so they do not taste pickled.

This method described at the website below 'Barefeet in the Kitchen' is a very great way to preserve your harvest of garlic. The jars can also be processed in hot water or a canner and then stored at room temperature if you do not have the space in your fridge.

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