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How To Make Garlic Paste

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Learn how to make your own garlic paste at home from scratch in simple steps. My cooking manta has always been, if in doubt add garlic, paprika and a pinch of salt. Trust me it works all the time, this cooking condiment will never let you down especially when it is used fresh in dishes.

You can use garlic paste in a variety of dishes like this garlic butter shrimp and especially Indian recipes which I indulge in from time to time.

a jar of creamy condiment.

What is garlic paste

In a simple layman’s term, garlic paste is simply peeled fresh garlic cloves pureed using a blender, food processor or even a sharp knife. The garlic is then stored in the fridge or freezer for later use or used immediately in recipes. This is also the same method you would use if you were to make ginger paste.

The only hard job making this paste or puree is the process of peeling garlics. You can obviously buy ready peeled ones but they do not taste anywhere fresh as peeling your own and using them up immediately.

One large garlic cloves should yield about a teaspoon of the paste/puree   

two jars of condiments.

Homemade garlic paste recipe

Here are a few reasons you need to make your own garlic paste at home

  • It is fresh every time and taste better than store-bought.
  • If is preservatives free and healthy
  • You don’t need to break the bank to make yours, it is affordable and time saving

Related posts: If you like making your own condiments then you will like this green seasoning recipe and if you don’t like the sharp taste of garlic but would still like to use it your recipes then you should make this oven-roasted garlic instead. it is mellow in flavour and delicious.

a creamy condiment in a jar.

What you will need to make yours

Garlic

Olive oil

Salt to taste, this is optional

garlic bulb.

How to make garlic paste

Peel the garlic if you haven’t already. Press the garlic bulb with the back of your palm to break it up, then remove the outer paper. Use your fingers to separate the cloves and peel the paper off it

peeled garlic and ginger on a white plate.

Add the garlic cloves to a blender/food processor, add a little oil and process until puree or paste like. You can also process it minced if that is how you like it. The whole process should take about 30 seconds to 1 minutes depending on the quantity you are making.

garlic cloves and oil in a blender.

Season the garlic puree with salt (this is optional by the way especially if you would be storing this in the freezer)

condiment in a blender.

Spoon the puree in a cleaned jar and store in the fridge for up to a week. (Do not store longer than this in the fridge to avoid botulism poisoning)

garlic paste on a spoon.

How to store

You can store in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight jar

Spoon the paste into an ice tray about a teaspoon into each cube and freeze. Transfer the frozen garlic puree into an airtight container or freezer bag and use within 3 months.

two jars of condiments with some spooned in ice tray.

Recipes to use it for

Carrot leek soup

Nigerian beef stew

Add it to this shawarma bread for extra flavour

Coconut fried rice

How To Make Garlic Paste

Learn how to make your own garlic paste at home from scratch in simple steps. My cooking mantra has always been if in doubt add garlic, paprika and a pinch of salt. Trust me it works all the time, this cooking condiment will never let you down especially when it is used fresh in dishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: garlic paste, garlic puree, how to make garlic paste
Servings: 1 jar
Author: Ajoke

Ingredients

  • 4 garlic bulbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste this is optional

Instructions

  • Peel the garlic if you haven’t already. Press the garlic bulb with the back of your palm to break it up, then remove the outer paper. Use your fingers to separate the cloves and peel the paper off it
    peeled garlic and ginger on a white plate.
  • Add the garlic cloves to a blender/food processor, add a little oil and process until puree or paste-like. You can also process it minced if that is how you like it. The whole process should take about 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on the quantity you are making.
    paste in a blender.
  • Season the garlic puree with salt (this is optional by the way especially if you would be storing this in the freezer)
    a spoon a garlic paste.
  • Spoon the puree in a cleaned jar and store in the fridge for up to a week. (Do not store longer than this in the fridge to avoid botulism poisoning)

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