How To Make Your Own Black Garlic And It’s Incredible Health Benefits
Studies show that black garlic has twice the antioxidants that regular white garlic has. And let me tell you, it’s oh so simple to make your own. All you really need is a rice cooker (make sure it has a lid that seals), some regular white garlic (either store bought, or home grown from your own garden) and some patience. Patience is a virtue!!
Now before we get started, I must warn you, garlic STINKS. It is recommended that you not do this inside your house, as the garlic odor will permeate everything you own. Not even kidding here. You can “cook” your garlic outside if the weather permits where you live, or consider using an unattached garage or shed. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started.
Steps to Making Your Own Black Garlic
- Choose your garlic. It doesn’t need to be anything special. If you have some garlic preserved that your grew in your own garden, great. If not, store bought garlic will work just fine. Just make sure the garlic is not already cracked or sprouted.
- Clean the garlic gently with a damp paper towel.
- Place a rack in the bottom of your rice cooker. Suggestions include a bamboo mat or a sushi mat.
- Place a single paper towel over the top of your mat.
- Place your garlic on the paper towel. Place as much or as little garlic as you want. There is no right or wrong answer here. The choice is all yours.
- Cover the garlic with 1-2 more paper towel layers.
- Place the lid on your rice cooker and seal the deal.
- Place the cooker on “keep warm” setting only. Do not “cook” the garlic, only keep it warm. The black garlic does it’s magic when it is around 140°F for 10-14 days.
Now you just play the waiting game. While you are waiting, the magic is taking place, only you can’t see it. The warming garlic sets off a chemical reaction that converts the sugar in the garlic, thus turning it black. While you are waiting, if you are forgetful like me, either place a piece of tape on the outside of the cooker with the date that you fired the rice cooker up, or you can put it in the notes of your phone. Go another step further and put a reminder in your smartphone to alert you in 10 days to check your garlic.
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