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10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by Pretiby(f): 10:07am On Apr 15, 2013
10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic


Garlic loses some of its flavor if it's refrigerated. Keep it in a cool, dry place, like the bottom of a cupboard or pantry.

Garlic keepers are cute but not necessary (though they will ensure that air circulates around the garlic).

Fresh-cut garlic becomes more bitter the longer it's exposed to air; its flavor can change in just 15-20 minutes. So it's best to chop it right before you're going to use it.

Hate peeling garlic? If you've just got a clove or two, try pressing them firmly (but still gently) with the flat side of your knife to loosen the skin. If you've got a bunch of cloves to peel, it's worth bringing an inch or two of water to boil and dropping them in for a few seconds. The skins should more or less slip off.

Chopping your garlic with a pinch of salt helps to keep it from sticking to your knife.

Before you chop, dice or mince garlic (whichever your recipes calls for), slice the clove in half lengthwise first. If you notice a bright green sprout in the middle, scrape it out with the tip of your knife and discard it. It can impart an unwelcome bitterness.

Because garlic has about a third less moisture content as its cousin, the onion, it simmers (and burns) more quickly.

It's best when it's cooked until it's got just a blush of pale gold, no longer.

So what's the deal with garlic breath? According to food science writer Harold McGee, there appear to be two distinct components that contribute to garlic-induced halitosis. The first occurs almost immediately after dinner when compounds in the garlic react in your mouth to produce a chemical related to (get ready for it)...skunk spray. The second occurs as you digest the garlic, peaking 6-8 hours after you've eaten, when another set of odiferous chemical compounds are produced that circulate through the body, including lungs, when they're exhaled.

As far as the first factor is concerned, you can try eating raw fruits or vegetables after you've eaten garlic , the browning enzymes in things like apples, green salad or parsley appear to counteract what's going on in your mouth. But in terms of the second, there's no real way to fight the garlic breath that's essentially pulsing through your veins ...except not to eat garlic in the first place.

However, the health benefits of garlic might be worth the stink. Recent studies show that a diet that includes a lot of garlic (the equivalent of two medium-sized cloves per day) helps protect against a variety of cancers and also contributes to a healthier heart.

Whether garlic, in fact, repels vampires is still the subject of much debate. However, in 1994, a group of Norwegian Scientists tested the repellent potential of garlic on another group of bloodsuckers -leeches. The result? Leeches were twice as likely to attach themselves to a hand smeared with garlic as they were to a clean hand. "This study indicates that garlic possibly attracts vampires." the authors concluded, adding (jokingly, we hope)."Therefore ... restrictions on the use of garlic should be considered."


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Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by Allurefunky(f): 7:48am On Apr 21, 2013
Are vampires real?
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by Nobody: 12:27pm On May 03, 2013
Thanks, OP. Love garlic (and ginger).
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by ekochris(m): 8:23pm On Mar 02, 2021
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There's something I want to discuss with you. It's kinda urgent.
Thank you.
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by ubunja(m): 2:22pm On Mar 03, 2021
ekochris:



Ubunja, please can I get your whatsapp number. I see you've removed it from your profile.

There's something I want to discuss with you. It's kinda urgent.
Thank you.
unless it's for something other than relationships. I'm not available for dating advice.
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by ekochris(m): 2:25pm On Mar 03, 2021
ubunja:
unless it's for something other than relationships. I'm not available for dating advice.

No. It's not dating advice.
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by softguy1: 2:52pm On Mar 03, 2021
ubunja:
unless it's for something other than relationships. I'm not available for dating advice.

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We are even forgetting you self... lol
Re: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking With Garlic by ubunja(m): 4:51pm On Mar 03, 2021
ekochris:


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