July 25, 2014
Garlic Braid: Curing and storing Garlic
However, the high only lasted until I had carried the 30+ bulbs home. There, spread out on the dining room table, it hit me. What now? How to preserve and store our garlic, so the effort and hard work doesn’t rot away simply because I couldn’t stuff enough garlic into our meals?
Clearly it was time to expand the gardening experience beyond the digging and weeding. So I embarked on a research journey on how to cure (I learned that along the way, it means drying the garlic out, so the remaining sap from the stalk gets sucked up by the bulbs making them even more juicy) and store our garlic. My favourite resources were this blog and this famer. I watched the latter doing his thing with the garlic like he probably has done for the last 40 years over and over again.
I simply loved the garlic braid he created. Not only because ideally a braid solves the curing and storing problem in one go, but it also had me dreaming about Italian kitchen moments. You know the ones, where you no longer dig for garlic bulbs in dusty cupboards but snip them fresh off the humongous garlic bulb braid that is dangling above your stove.
So here is how I cure and plan to store our Garlic: First I cleaned the garlic by stripping off the outer layer. If the curing and storing would be done in two steps, this step isn’t necessary. However, I wanted to dry my garlic in a braid and ideally leave it stored like that. So I felt a bit of cleaning would be good. I also snipped of the roots. I didn’t get all of the garlic clean, as with some bulbs I had to leave a few layers to avoid exposing the bulbs.
youtube video I found, because I loved how the farmer didn’t need many tools.