A Cheer for...Frozen Garlic!
Frozen garlic cubes...it's a gem!
Last night I made a tasty pasta with some Japanese scallops that were sauteed in salt, pepper, and cute little cubes of frozen crushed garlic. I love the taste of fresh garlic, and I think that a little bit of garlic takes so many dishes to another level. I always have fresh bulbs of garlic and my garlic press at hand...although I'll admit that lately I've become fond of these frozen cubes (and not cleaning my garlic press!)
I will say right away that I'm not a fan of jarred crushed garlic. The first spoonful might taste fresh, but once that jar sits in the fridge for a couple of days, every remaining spoonful tastes stale. Fresh garlic is fabulous, but stale garlic will drag your dish down with it. For that same reason, I'm not a big fan of garlic powders and such—they all taste kind of artificial and stale to me. My neighbor came over last week to borrow some garlic powder—I cut my tray of frozen crushed garlic in half and sent him home with it. I haven't gotten a report back from him, but I'm hoping I converted him from garlic powder.
The frozen garlic cubes taste fresh and are so convenient to pop out of the little trays. Each cube also happens to be a measured teaspoon - handy if you're sticking to a recipe. If I'm sauteing something, I will toss the cubes in still frozen - they take a minute to thaw in the pan, so they're less likely to scorch or brown (burned garlic = bitter garlic). Check your frozen section - you might find the other varieties as well: frozen basil cubes and frozen cilantro cubes. I highly recommend you give the garlic cubes a try.