Have you always wondered how to ferment garlic in a salt brine? Fermenting garlic is really easy to do. All you need is some good quality ingredients to get started.
The Pros of Fermented Garlic
If you don’t like eating raw garlic because it is too spicy, but still want the benefits, fermented garlic is a perfect choice. After garlic ferments for several months, the spicy taste calms down a lot.
Every batch will be different, but from all of the batches that I’ve made they were much less spicy than regular raw garlic. Not to mention, much easier to digest.
The Power of Salt – How to Ferment Garlic
I like to eat raw garlic, or fermented garlic when I am feeling unwell. Fermented garlic is salty and crunchy.
That’s right, you might think that garlic sitting around in the water for 3 months might get soft, but it doesn’t. That is the power of salt!
- Mason Jars or a Crock – I like using a wide range of sizes. I typically always use wide mouth though. I love my 1/2 gallon mason jars for fermenting.
- Airlocks – If you don’t allow gas to escape automatically through a contraption like an airlock, pickle pipes, cheesecloth, etc… You’ll have to burb them manually. Plus, you’ll run the risk of a ferment blowing up under the pressure of gas buildup.
- Salt – I always use extra-fine Himalayan sea salt in my ferments. It dissolves easily and is perfect for making a brine.
- Wooden Tamper – Ferments like sauerkraut, kimchi may require to tamp the food into the jar and under the brine.
- Glass Weights – Some ferments need to be weighed down and kept under the brine.
- Fermenting Kits – There are several fermenting kits where you can get just about everything you need. However, they don’t usually include the vessels, such as a mason jar or crock.
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- 60 cloves garlic (or Enough garlic to fill up your mason jar. Leaving 1-2 inches of headspace at the top.)
- 3 % brine
- Filtered water
- Peel the garlic. Use a meat hammer to loosen the papers!
- Add the garlic to the mason jar until it’s almost full, leaving a 1-2 inch headspace.
- Add 1-2 glass weights on top of the garlic.
- Mix brine, add your measurement of salt and water to a separate jar, and mix until the salt has dissolved. Learn how to calculate how much salt to water ratio by using this brine calculator. Ferment for 3 months or more, make sure to store away from light in temps between 60 – 70ºF. It gets better with age! I usually start eating it after 3 months, but the flavors are even better if you ferment it for much longer.
- Throw out the garlic if you see any sign of mold. Fermented garlic has a strong odor of garlic, be prepared for this.
It completely normal for fermented garlic to turn green or blue when fermenting. It's still perfectly good to eat too!
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Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 9Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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Common Issues With Fermented Garlic
Throw out the garlic if you see any sign of mold.
Fermented garlic has a strong odor, be prepared for this. Sticking it in a cabinet that doesn’t get opened very often will help cut down on the stench!
Green or blue garlic is perfectly normal. Read a post about garlic turning green or blue to learn more about it.
How to Eat Fermented Garlic:
- Any recipe that would keep the garlic raw. You don’t want to cook it, because it would lose some of the beneficial bacteria.
- In a green salad. Enhance the taste of a plain old salad with fermented garlic!
- In a pesto, like my Kale and Basil Pesto!
- In a wrap, or on a sandwich. I love eating garlic this way!
- Garlic Hummus calls for garlic, and fermented garlic will add tons of flavor!
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