Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
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.