What is Black Garlic?
Your new favorite ingredient
Black garlic is an amazing superfood for any chef or foodie to have in their arsenal. It's the "Ooh la la" you can add to any dish! Cook what you normally cook, add black garlic, and elevate every dish you and your family love.
At Soul to Belly, we start with organic, California- grown garlic, and with the right temperature and humidity, we cook it low and slow for ~65 days. This gives the garlic a flavor that chefs and foodies can't get enough of!
DO NOT expect a traditional garlic flavor.
DO expect deep umami in everything you cook with it!
We’ve noticed that a little bit of black garlic in most dishes only amplifies the flavor and gives you more of a fine dining flavor, and it’s healthy, too! Don’t hesitate to also pair it with regular garlic in your dishes.
At home, we love adding black garlic to our soups, stews, sauces, reductions, etc. 5 -7 minutes before serving so it can cook it in (not out) and add that wonderful fine dining umami flavor. Other suggested uses are to add it to:
- Burgers, kabobs, meatballs, etc – to keep the meat juicier and add more flavor.
- Vinaigrettes and marinades
- Cream-based sauces
- Cream cheese for jalapeno poppers or just to smear on a bagel
- Aiolis and dipping sauces
- Charcuterie board next to a cheese
- Sous vide
- Any dish that has garlic, onions, or mushrooms
- Roasted, sautéed, or steamed veggies
- Baked beans and chilis
- Pizza - In the sauce and on top!
Not Just Delicious...
It's no secret that garlic is a superfood, but did you know black garlic is even better for you?
We are always looking for ways to up the health in our cooking, so adding black garlic to your food is an easy way to add a nutritional boost to your diet. Based on research, some of the wonderful health benefits include:
- More antioxidants than regular garlic
- Balances blood sugar
- Boosts heart health
- Improves brain health
- Rich in phytonutrients and other disease-fighting compounds
- Packed with vitamins and boosts the immune system
To sum it up, not only does black garlic – known for its myriad health benefits – pack nearly twice the punch of regular garlic, but it also delivers a rich and sophisticated flavor, typically reserved for fine dining.