Black garlic is a unique ingredient that has become increasingly popular among chefs and cooking enthusiasts. It is made by aging regular garlic heads under specialized conditions until the cloves turn inky black and develop a sweet, mellow flavor.
Here are five frequently asked questions about using black garlic:
What is Black Garlic?
Black garlic is aged fresh garlic with a smooth, soft texture and a rich, sweet taste that can be used to enhance the flavor of many savory (and some sweet!) dishes. It has been gaining popularity as an ingredient in recent years due to its health benefits and unique flavor profile.
Why is Black Garlic Black?
Black garlic is made when heads of regular ol' garlic are aged under specialized conditions until the cloves turn inky black and develop a sweet, mellow flavor. The aging process causes the natural sugars in the garlic to caramelize, giving it its distinct black color.
What Does Black Garlic Taste Like?
Black garlic has a smooth, soft texture and a rich, sweet taste that can be used to enhance the flavor of many savory (and some sweet!) dishes. It has been described as having notes of balsamic vinegar or tamarind with hints of licorice or molasses.
Does all Black Garlic Taste The Same?
Not wine is created equal, and neither is black garlic. Each manufacturer’s product boasts a unique flavor profile, developed based on the variables of the fermentation and aging processes. Rushing the process is no recipe for success, and that’s why we take our time to slowly coax out the smooth flavor over 65 days. The result is black garlic with a truly distinctive flavor. And to sweeten the deal, we take extra steps to ensure that every batch of our black garlic maintains consistent quality across taste, texture, and color.
How Do I Store Black Garlic?
To store black garlic, place your whole bulb in a dry place away from moisture and humidity to avoid sprouting. Make sure it’s not exposed to direct sunlight either; instead keep it in an airtight container or zip-lock bag at room temperature for up to two months.
How Can I Use Black Garlic?
Black garlic can be used as an ingredient in many recipes such as soups, sauces, marinades, dressings, stir-fries, stews and more! It can also be eaten raw or added to salads for extra flavor. Additionally, it makes for an interesting addition to desserts such as ice cream or chocolate truffles!