Lou & Lucy: What to do with 3 pounds of garlic?

  • One can never have enough garlic confit — at least according to Lou. Lou Groccia

Published: 2/15/2020 1:23:18 PM

During a recent shopping trip to Costco, I picked up one of their bags of garlic bulbs. Not only did that give me my weight training workout for the day, but it inspired me to do something with the three pounds of garlic bulbs once I got home.

Usually when I buy garlic bulbs at the supermarket, I get three or four, a nice amount for when I cook.

But what to do with three pounds of bulbs? Why, garlic confit, of course.

After smooshing them to separate the cloves in all the bulbs, I ended up with around 150 cloves.

Then I used a huge Mason jar to shake the peels off them, a couple handfuls at a time. This took about 15 minutes. Then I sliced off the nib on each clove with a just-sharpened paring knife. This took about five minutes.

Now that the hard part was done, all that was left was to put the cloves in a pot, cover them with olive oil, and slowly simmer them for about an hour or until they were soft when prodded with the aforementioned paring knife.

Let the garlic cool, then store in the fridge along with the garlic-infused oil.

It’s amazing how wonderful your food will taste when incorporating a few garlic confit cloves. Way less strong than raw garlic.

At this rate, I may have to grow my own garlic soon. No dim bulb here.


I am sure seeing three pounds of garlic bulbs  was irresistible to you. I would see three pounds of garlic and say, “Wow, that’s a lot of garlic,” and keep walking. 

I have grown garlic and it is a lot of fun. It’s like getting a buy-one-get-10 sort of a situation. 


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