Pickled Garlic: How to Make and Use It

Pickled Garlic: How to Make and Use It

Pickled garlic is a great way to add some extra flavor to your meals!  This amazing condiment can be used on just about anything, from salads and sandwiches to pizzas and pasta dishes. Plus, it’s super easy to make at home. jar of pickled garlic on black marble

Whether you’re looking to add a little extra flavor to your meals or just want to try something new, pickled garlic is a great option. This condiment is made by pickling whole cloves of garlic in vinegar and water. The result is a flavorful, slightly tangy addition to any dish.

Pickled garlic is easy to make at home and can be used in a variety of ways.  Add it to salads, sandwich spreads, or even use it as a topping for pizzas and pasta dishes. It’s also a great addition to Charcuterie boards or as an appetizer served with crackers and cheese.

The History Lesson

Pickled garlic is believed to have originated in ancient China. It was then introduced to Europe by the Romans and became a popular way to preserve it for long periods of time. Today, it is still a popular condiment and can be found in many grocery stores.

jar of pickled garlic

How to Make Pickled Garlic

-1 cup water

-1 cup vinegar

-2 tablespoons sugar

-1 tablespoon salt

-2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

In a small saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the garlic cloves and remove them from the heat. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, transfer the pickled garlic (along with the liquid) to a clean jar or container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months. 



-Add red pepper flakes to the pickling mixture for a spicy kick.

-Try using white vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead of regular distilled vinegar.

-Add other spices like dill or oregano to give your pickled garlic a unique flavor.

-Experiment with different types of salt (e.g., kosher salt, sea salt, etc.) to see what you like best.

-For a sweeter pickle, add a teaspoon of sugar to the pickling mixture.

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garlic in jar

Benefits of Pickled Garlic

Garlic is a staple in many dishes and has been used for centuries for its flavor and health benefits.  Here are a few reasons why garlic is good for us:

-It helps boost our immune system.

-It can help lower cholesterol levels.

-It has anti-inflammatory properties.




How to Use Pickled Garlic

There are many ways to incorporate it into your cooking. It can be used as a flavoring for meats, fish, and vegetables. It can also be added to salads, sauces, and soups. You can even eat it straight out of the jar!

Here are a few more tips:


-Add it to soups or stews for extra flavor.

-Use it as a replacement for fresh garlic in recipes.

-Chop it up and add it to salads or dips.

– Add it to your favorite marinade or BBQ sauce for an extra zing.

– Toss it with roasted vegetables for a flavorful side dish.

– Mix it into mayonnaise or cream cheese for a flavorful spread.

– Use it as a garnish on soup, salad, or cooked dishes.




Can You Freeze Pickled Garlic?

Yes, it can be frozen. To do so, place the garlic in a freezer-safe container and pour the pickling liquid over it. Seal the container tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.

How long does pickled garlic last?

It will last for several weeks when stored in the refrigerator. The pickles will become sourer over time, so be sure to use them within a few weeks for the best flavor.

Can you pickle garlic in olive oil?

Yes, you can pickle garlic in olive oil. However, it is important to note that pickled garlic made with olive oil will not last as long as pickles made with vinegar. Pickled garlic made with olive oil should be used within a week or two.

Can you pickle garlic without vinegar?

No, it must be made with vinegar in order to pickle properly. Vinegar is necessary for the pickling process and helps to preserve the pickles.

What can I do with leftover pickling liquid?

The pickling liquid can be reused to pickle other vegetables or fruits. It can also be used as a dressing or marinade. If you don’t want to reuse it, you can simply discard it.


I hope you’ll give this a try!  Leave a comment and let us know how yours turned out! 


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