JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Garlic paste

Here's a worthwhile time-saver: garlic paste on hand in the fridge, no need to fry off before adding to - well, anything you're cooking, really. You just need a food mill, unless you've got strong arms and a sieve. Keeps well.

8 heads of garlic
2-3 bay leaves
a bunch of thyme
peppercorns and salt
a little oil

Break the heads into cloves, but no need to peel them. Put in a single layer on a baking tray; add the peppercorns and herbs, a splash of oil and enough water to come not quite half way up. Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 90 minutes at 150C, until the garlic is completely soft.

Fish out the pepper and bay leaves, and some of the twiggier bits of thyme. Drain and push through a mill or sieve. Add a little sea salt and bottle. Keep in the fridge.

Note: These quantities make about 300ml.


Wendy said...

Lovely idea. Shall try this one day when I have a food mill. Certainly don't have strong enough arms!

Helen said...

Oh I like this one, and maybe it is an excuse to get the food mill / baby food puree kit for my magimix?

Joanna said...

Yes, Helen, I think it is. And no, Wendy, don't try this until you've got a food mill, although it doesn't have to be electric. They're everywhere and cheap in France, hard to find and often expensive in UK. But worth the hunt


Robin said...

I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!