How To Make Your Own Jarred Minced Garlic


I love making my own ingredients. Things that you usually purchase at the grocery store, I like to try making my own. I call it ‘cooking DIY’. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much!

I recently discovered that it was possible to make your own jarred minced garlic. After reading the very short list of ingredients on a few bottles at the grocery store I realized how easy it would be! Most of them contain garlic, water, and citric acid, with maybe some olive oil in there. That’s it.

Making your own minced garlic is actually an easy thing to do!

Or course it’s a great thing to have fresh garlic on hand for most cooking, but a jar of garlic in the fridge is awfully handy. But I’m cheap and those little jars aren’t cheap when you consider how inexpensive fresh garlic is.

And believe me, this is the easiest recipe to make – it’s quick and cheap – so I’m a happy camper.

Ingredients For Making jarred minced garlic

The first step is to gather your supplies – dried minced garlic, olive oil, a pint sized jar, hot water and a 1/4 tsp of lemon juice/citric acid.

You’re going to need some dried minced garlic. We have a bulk store nearby so I had my husband stop on his way to work and pick up a scoopful (which worked out to less than $2 and I didn’t need all of it for this recipe so I still have some in my spice drawer).

His only complaint was that it made the car smell fairly pungent on the trip home!

  • Fresh Garlic Bulbs or Dried Minced Garlic
  • Lemon Juice – bottled is easier and less messy
  • Olive Oil – I used what I had to hand – no special oil is required just make sure it doesn’t have a tinge of chilli or flavouring as this will then taint the taste of you jarred mince garlic.
  • Water

Tools & Equipment To Make Homemade Jarred Garlic

  • Garlic Crusher or Onion Chopper
  • Small Jar – preferably with rubber seal to lock in moisture for long-lasting taste.
  • A tablespoon or tablespoon measuring cup
  • Chopping Board

3 Simple Steps To Homemade Jarred Garlic

This is super simple and easy to do and actually satisfying as you are achieving something that is in the long run going to be so helpful to your cooking routine.

We have used both fresh garlic bulbs and dried garlic and we get the same results each time so use what you have to hand and what you can afford. We found that 3 bulbs of garlic worked best for filling a standard size palm sized jar.

Step One

The first step is pretty simple – add enough dried minced garlic to fill the jar about 1/3 full. 

Use a spoon to move the dried mince garlic into the jar until it meets the level you are happy with.

If you are using fresh garlic bulbs remove all the cloves from the main bulb and set to a side.

Start by cutting off both ends of each clove and peeling away the shell. That will leave a clean garlic clove ready to mince.

I used a garlic crusher though you can use a knife, food processor or onion chopper to break the cloves up.

Once chopped up and minced place them in the jar.

Step Two

To help preserve the garlic for a long period of time you want to add ingredients which help keep the garlic in a fresh state.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and lemon juice to the jar. This may change depending on the size of your jar and how much garlic you are wanting to make.

Step Three

After that, just fill the jar with boiling water but be sure to leave a 1/2″ gap at the top for the garlic to swell up.

If you haven’t been able to make quite 1/3 full of minced garlic you won’t require as much water, oil and lemon juice.

Cover it securely and shake well. Careful of the top though – that gets pretty hot!

That’s it. Keep it tightly covered and refrigerated when you’re not using it.

Now you’ve got a huge jar of garlic that cost way less than those little jars at the store!  Quick, easy, and frugal – gotta love that combination!

Just for future reference – 1 teaspoon is equal to 1 clove of garlic but this is a bit milder than fresh minced garlic so you could add a bit more. One last note – this should store well, refrigerated, for 3 months.

Make Your Own Jarred Minced Garlic

Make Your Own Jarred Minced Garlic

This easy jarred minced garlic is useful for a number of recipes and is a much cheaper option than buying store bought minced garlic.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fresh Garlic Bulbs or Dried Minced Garlic
  • Lemon Juice - bottled is easier and less messy
  • Olive Oil - I used what I had to hand - no special oil is required just make sure it doesn't have a tinge of chilli or flavouring as this will then taint the taste of you jarred minced garlic.
  • Water

Instructions

1. The first step is pretty simple - add enough dried minced garlic to fill the jar about 1/3 full. Use a spoon to move the dried mince garlic into the jar until it meets the level you are happy with.

If you are using fresh garlic bulbs remove all the cloves from the main bulb and set to aside. Start by cutting off both ends of each clove and peeling away the shell. That will leave a clean garlic clove ready to mince.

I used a garlic crusher though you can use a knife, food processor or onion chopper to break the cloves up. Once chopped up and minced place them in the jar.

2. To help preserve the garlic for a long period of time you want to add ingredients which help keep the garlic in a fresh state.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and lemon juice to the jar. This may change depending on the size of your jar and how much garlic you are wanting to make.

3. After that, just fill the jar with boiling water but be sure to leave a 1/2" gap at the top for the garlic to swell up.

If you haven't been able to make quite 1/3 full of minced garlic you won't require as much water, oil and lemon juice.

Cover it securely and shake well. Careful of the top though - that gets pretty hot! That's it. Keep it tightly covered and refrigerated when you're not using it.

Now you've got a huge jar of garlic that cost way less than those little jars at the store!  Quick, easy, and frugal - gotta love that combination!

Notes

1 teaspoon is equal to 1 clove of garlic but this is a bit milder than fresh minced garlic so you could add a bit more

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