If you've ever used a garlic press, you have made garlic juice, although you more than likely scooped it up with the garlic flesh or later wiped it off your chopping board. Extracting the juice from the flesh of garlic requires just a few extra steps and provides you with a flavorful and versatile seasoning for adding a garlicky boost to all manner of savory fare.
Things You'll Need
- Food processor or garlic press
- Fine mesh sieve
- Coffee filter
Step 1: Peel the Garlic
Peel as much garlic as you wish to use, using your favorite method. Given that you don't need the garlic cloves to remain intact, an easy way to peel them is to smash them with the side of a heavy knife blade, then slide the skins off with your fingers.
Expect to extract about 1/2-teaspoon of juice per garlic clove. An average whole bulb yields approximately 1/4- to 1/3-cup of juice.
Step 2: Blend the Garlic
Place the peeled garlic cloves in a food processor until they are blended into a smooth, wet paste. If you don't have a food processor, pass all of the peeled cloves through a garlic press into a bowl.
Step 3: Strain the Juice
Transfer the garlic paste to a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. Press the paste gently against the sieve with the back of a metal spoon. You should see juice drip down into the bowl. Keep pressing the garlic until you have squeezed out as much juice as possible.
Step 4: Filter the Juice
Set a coffee filter inside the neck of a bottle or jar and hold it in place with a rubber band. Slowly pour the garlic juice through the filter, just a few teaspoons at a time. Discard the filter when you are done.
Step 5: Store the Juice
Seal the container of garlic juice and keep it in the refrigerator. If you have more juice than you can use immediately, freeze the excess.
For a sweeter juice with a mellow flavor, roast the garlic before peeling and juicing the cloves.
Use garlic juice as a convenient substitute for fresh garlic. Here are some suggestions:
- Squeeze garlic juice into soups, stocks, sauces, dips and salad dressings.
- Add some to mashed potatoes along with a little butter and cream.
- Blend garlic juice with butter and herbs to spread on bread.
- Baste roasted meats or poultry with garlic juice.
- Mix garlic juice with oil and mustard to brush on grilled kebabs.
- Add some garlic juice to the steaming liquid for vegetables.