A few weeks ago I posted about making Cuban sandwiches, including making Lechon Asado (Cuban Roast Pork) which calls for really a lot of garlic. In the responses a lot of guys mentioned the way I do garlic so I thought I'd write it up. It all started when I was learning to prepare Ethiopian recipes, which all call for lots and lots of garlic and ginger. Prepping the garlic and ginger fresh was taking me really a long time, so I decided to try this technique and it has worked well for me ever since.
I start with a 3 pound bag of peeled garlic cloves from Cash&Carry and my Cuisinart:
I process it in 3 batches, putting the chopped garlic into a 9x13" Pyrex baking pan:
After it's all chopped, I level it out in the pan:
The pan goes into the freezer for a few hours. Then I take it out, run a little hot water on the back of the pan, and "unmold" the frozen chopped garlic onto a cutting board:
On the board, it's easy to cut up into small squares with a large knife:
Then I pop them into a labeled container and put them in the freezer for later use:
This makes cooking recipes that call for minced fresh garlic really easy. I just pop out a cube or two and either let them thaw for half an hour or so or warm them for a few seconds in the microwave. I figure each cube is three or four garlic cloves (roughly).