How to Cook Garlic Cloves

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Eating garlic on a regular basis can improve your health, according to a 2007 study conducted by the University of Alabama. The study concluded that garlic contains antioxidant properties that aid in circulation and could increase your heart health. The herb, however, has a very strong flavor when not properly cooked and some people avoid cooking with it to prevent problems with bad breath. When cooked in the oven, garlic can be stored and used in small or large quantities to add flavor to main meals and snacks.

Things You'll Need

  • Whole garlic bulbs
  • Serrated knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut 1/4 inch off the pointed end of a garlic bulb. Dip the exposed garlic clove tips in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You do not need to remove the skin or separate the cloves for the oil, salt and pepper to enhance the cooked garlic flavor.

  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the garlic cloves on the sheet. Although garlic does not stick to non-stick baking sheets, the strong flavor could make your versatile baking sheets unusable for future, non-savory baking activities.

  • Place baking sheets in the oven and let the garlic bulbs bake for one hour, or until the garlic becomes soft and mushy inside the skin. Remove garlic cloves from the oven.

  • Squeeze the garlic paste out of the bulb with a firm squeeze or remove it from each clove with a small kitchen knife while still warm. You can store garlic in a ceramic, stainless steel or glass container and use it to flavor cream cheese, salad dressing, soups and sauces.

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