This guide will show you how to make garlic paste from scratch. Garlic paste is a must-have in every kitchen and not just because it tastes good (although we won’t deny that it does)! The paste also makes it much easier to add garlic to recipes.
Garlic is one of the most versatile and flavorful herbs you can have in your kitchen. Cooking with garlic can add a rich taste to almost any dish. If you are using fresh garlic in your cooking, you can grate it, crush it or chop it to release the flavor.
If you want to use it in raw form the next time you cook, you may want to consider taking a different approach: making garlic paste by puréeing it in a blender or food processor.
Garlic paste is a must have in every kitchen—and not just because it tastes good (although we won’t deny that it does)! The paste also makes it much easier to add garlic to recipes.
I love garlic paste because it saves my time. I don’t love to peel and chop/mince it each time. So, I make garlic paste for my easiness.
Moreover, garlic is an essential ingredient. You should add it in each spicy recipe because it gives a unique taste to food. No doubt, it has many health benefits.
Further, many people want to cook food quickly. If you make-ahead garlic paste, it will help you while cooking.
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What is garlic paste?
Garlic paste is nothing but blended garlic with water or oil. You can store it in the refrigerator or freezer for further use. Take it out when you start cooking.
Benefits of homemade garlic paste
Homemade things come with great benefits. The major benefit of homemade garlic paste is that you get the fresh garlic paste taste.
The following benefits of homemade garlic paste
- Garlic paste yields more quantity
- It is cheaper than market-bought garlic paste
- It is packed with aroma and flavor
- It has no preservatives
- It will last for many months
Prepare the garlic paste is super simple. I will tell you a straightforward way to make the garlic paste.
Food Processor or Blender
Video on how to make garlic paste
Watch the quick recipe video below to see how easy it is to make garlic paste.
How to make garlic paste?
You can use peeled garlic for making garlic paste. Also, you can store whole garlic bulbs at room temperature for many weeks.
How to store garlic paste for a longer time?
If you want to store garlic paste for a longer time, you can freeze the garlic paste. You can store the garlic paste for three to four months.
Add the garlic paste in a re-sealable plastic bag or zip-lock bag, or ice-cube tray. Cover with lid and store it in the freezer.
In addition, freezing the garlic paste preserves the fresh flavor of garlic. Use the re-sealable bag to save space. Fill the bag with garlic paste. Flatten the paste with a roller and fit it in the bag.
Similarly, if you are using an ice-cube tray, you can pop the garlic paste from the trays and add it into the plastic bags. It will save space.
If you have an ice-cube tray, make 1 tsp of garlic per cube to easy to use in the recipe.
Tips to keep garlic paste fresh for longer time:
Just follow these tips:
Tip: 1 – Use only fresh garlic bulb to make the garlic paste
Tip: 2 – Glass jar should be dry before storing the garlic paste. If there is little damp, the paste will go bad.
Tip: 3 – Don’t leave it on the table for a longer time and quickly add it back to the re-sealable plastic bag or air-tight container.
Tip: 4 – Thawing and freezing will make the paste bad. It reduces the freshness too.
How to use garlic paste in the recipe?
If you are using fresh garlic paste, add it directly to the dishes. Further, if you are using freezed garlic paste, you don’t need to thaw the paste while cooking. You can add directly to the soup/curry after sautéing the onion.
Garlic paste reminder:
1 garlic clove = ½ tsp garlic paste
Why make garlic paste?
I have mentioned already; it is time-saving work. Homemade garlic paste preserves the freshness.
Garlic paste uses and recipes
Uses of garlic paste!
For example: If you want a spicy soup, you should add garlic paste.
Add in the following recipes:
- Use in the soup – veggies, chicken, beef, lamb
- Use in the tea – garlic tea
- Use in the dips, sauces, and spreads
- Add it in the marinades
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Can I add ginger or another ingredient to this?
Yes, you can add ginger to this. Ginger-garlic paste is another good condiment to increase the flavor of the meal.
What oil can I use to make this?
You can use canola oil or avocado oil for this recipe.
How long does garlic paste last?
It will last for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator and up to 3-4 months in the air-tight container into the freezer.
Which type of jar used to store the garlic paste?
You can use a ziplock bag or re-sealable bag or air-tight container or glass jar or ice-cube tray for storing the garlic paste.
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