If you grow your own garlic at home, then this is probably not the recipe for you.
But in case you know of an ethnic market where you can get pounds of fresh peeled garlic, then you might want to give these a try. (Or just have all of us over for dinner and I'll bring you a jar).
I discovered these 3 lb. bags of peeled garlic at Costco for - get this - $3.99!
Is that some sort of unbelievable? I know most people don't use 3 lbs. of garlic in a month but who cares! If ever I did need 3 lbs. of garlic, I'd seriously be willing to a pay $100 to have someone peel it for me. So that makes this bag a deal and me the proud owner of one.
Super easy recipe packed into 1/2 pint or pint jars. Because they are blanched, they are not overwhelming in flavor and great for snacking or hors d'oeuvres before dinner. Here are the simple steps:
3 lbs. peeled garlic
6 cups of distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup of sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt
1. Blanch 3 lbs. of garlic in boiling water for one minute. Strain and set aside.
2. Prepare your hot water bath and make sure your jars and lids are sterilized.
3. Bring vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil.
4. Pack garlic into jars leaving 1" headspace.
5. Pour vinegar mixture in jars leaving 1/4" headspace. Release any trapped air bubbles. Seal your jars correctly and process for 15 minutes.
In several jars I added spices for extra kick. Black peppercorns with oregano, cumin seed with red pepper flakes - anything goes, so start getting creative with your mother's hand-me-down spices from the 70's.
Depending on how much garlic you have access to, this recipe can easily be reduced in half or in a third.