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Old May 15, 2016   #1
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http://www.durgan.org/2015/August%20...evisited/HTML/ 17 August 2015 Garlic Revisited
Preparing a bulb of garlic for use as a garnish on a baked potato. To obtain maximum nutritional benefits from garlic it should be crushed and allowed to settle for at least 15 minutes or longer. A tortilla press is ideal. Each separate clove with skin intact was pressed. The skin is separated easily. A piece of soft bread was utilized to sop up any juice on the press surfaces. The pressed garlic was allowed to sit for 15 minutes, then fried in butter at low heat for about 10 minutes. This will be used as a garnish for a baked potato. The press need be oiled lightly to prevent rusting.This simple process will encourage more consumption of garlic, which is possibly a plus.
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http://www.durgan.org/2016/January%2...0Chopper/HTML/ 3 January 2016 Garlic Chopper
Garlic Chopper: To maximize health benefits, crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes or longer. The process triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in garlic.To make smaller pieces I was using a mortar and pestle, but found it too tedious and not an adequate result,so purchased an OXO Food Chopper. This is achieves the desired result with minimum effort.

My method is to separate the cloves from the bulb, cut the hard piece off the end of the clove if desired. Crush the clove with skin by pressing down on the tortilla press without using the handle. Remove the skin easily. Scrap into the container for the OXO Food Chopper. Complete for all cloves.Push the handle of the chopper a number of times to get the desired texture. Let stand for at least 15 minutes or longer before using. If cooking use low heat and fry for a few minutes to eliminate the hot stinging taste effect. It may be used raw in salads or other dishes. There are hand garlic presses similar to pliers, that do not function well and are awkward to clean.Take the OXO Food Chopper apart and clean under running water immediately after use.It may also be placed in a dishwasher if desired, but running water cleaning and air drying is adequate.
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