Friday, January 13, 2012

Roasting Garlic

Matt picked up this little contraption for roasting garlic and I am just smitten with it! 
Prior to this little clay pot we had always used aluminum foil for roasting our garlic.  While that works just fine it makes the aluminum foil far too oily to save and reuse.  So, we always had a ball of aluminum foil waste after each roasting.  No more!  The little clay pot works the same way, but without the waste! 
Remove the very papery skins, but not so much that the cloves separate.  Put the head of garlic in the clay dish.  Pour some olive oil over it and rub it around until the whole head is nicely coated.  Put the lid of the pot on and pop into an oven preheated to 400 degrees.  Bake until the garlic can be easily pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes.  You can adjust the time to your liking.  If you are planning on using it as a spread you might want to cook longer.  If it is for a pizza topping you might get by with shorter cooking time.
I just adore finding these simple, reusable options.  Piece by piece I am working towards reducing my household waste.  While a ball of aluminum foil might seem a trivial piece of waste in the grand scheme of things all these things add up. 

12 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to show this to my sister and see if she will make me one; she is a Potter.

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    1. That would be very, very cool! If/When she makes you one you be sure to show it off on your blog!

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  2. I have one of those I have not used yet. Maybe I will now.

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  3. I bought an old fashioned wind up watch on ebay because I hated having to buy batteries every time. I am so happy when I wind that thing every day. It is a little thing, but it makes me feel better that I am not contributing any more to the waste stream.

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    1. And here I just stopped wearing a watch! Yours is such a great (and quaint) idea! I love it! That is awesome. I'll have to keep a look out.

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  4. Brilliant! I count on these tiny little steps to get me closer to my goal of living lightly on the earth. I admire your attitude. (and I adore roasted garlic!)

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    1. Thanks, Margo! I really think it is the little steps that matter because it is so much easier and more doable to take 100 little steps in a row than 1 great, big, huge, gigantic one all at once.

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  5. hmmm, I thought I made a comment. I have one of the garlic roasters that I may just try. I was not even sure it really worked.

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    1. I was skeptical that it would work, too, for some reason. But, so far so good. Works like a charm!

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  6. Oh, wow! That's cool! I'm similarly engaged in looking at cutting down on waste of resources and use of packaging x

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    1. It is sort of startling, once one stops to notice, how easily waste can come into and out of your home.

      Good luck to us both as we continue down this path.

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  7. I have one of those also snagged from a thrift store and then work awesome! Gotta love how the whole house starts to smell of garlic goodness when it is roasting...

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