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Garlic Giveaway

October 17th, 2013

It’s that time of year to start thinking about planting garlic. Mine is going to be planted where the sweet potatoes were this summer. I plan on planting a lot of garlic, loads and loads of it. I never seem to have enough and I like giving it away as well. We eat a lot ourselves and I feed it to the chickens and the dogs every now and again.
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Last year I did a giveaway thanks to Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (also known as, a company that my parents have been purchasing from since I was a kid. I’m more than happy to get a great prize for one of you while helping spread the word about this great company!  Peaceful Valley also has a in depth weekly newsletter with loads of how-to videos and lots of useful information.  They’re also on facebook if you want to keep up with their sales.
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The garlic giveaway special will feature: a Garlic Combo collection, a quart of liquid kelp and plant labels. The garlic combo pack contains: 1 head of Elephant (conventional), 3 heads of California Early White (organic softneck), 3 heads of Music (organic hardneck), 3 heads of Russian Red (organic hardneck), 3 sets of French Red Shallots (organic).
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So why the liquid kelp?  Garlic bulbs do better when soaked in liquid kelp before planting.  It gives them the boost they need to get a strong root system going before winter arrives in earnest.  The plant labels were included because I have a very bad habit of never labeling my garden plants, particularly the garlic.  As a result I have different kinds of homegrown garlic in my pantry but I don’t know which is which.  The labels should help you keep things organized!
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If you’ve never grown garlic before, don’t worry. I’ll have a garlic growing guide up on the blog next week.  Deadline to enter is Wednesday, October 23 at midnight. Winner has been chosen via – #72 – Matt who said, “I’ve loved garlic all my life.. Now I’m starting my own Back to Eden style garden and of course plan garlic to be part of it.”

How do you enter this giveaway?  Tell me what’s your favorite way to use garlic in the kitchen?

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141 Comments to “Garlic Giveaway”
  1. Terry on October 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love to put garlic in almost everything. My favorite dish has onions, garlic, broccoli and chicken with pasta and Alfredo sauce.

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  2. Tom Mann on October 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    We use garlic when making pickles, in a lot of seafood dishes (especially shrimp), for garlic butter, various stir fry dishes, and have even made garlic flavored bread. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

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  3. Chris Jones on October 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Wow, where to start with garlic. I put it in just about everything except icecream! If I have to pick a favorite, I guess the first thing that comes to mind is using it in guacamole.

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  4. Teresa on October 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    We use garlic in just about everything except coffee and dessert. However, my favorite use is in quick sauteed vegetables, cooked up in olive oil with plenty of garlic and whatever herbs and spices would go well with the rest of the meal. My husband distrusted veggies at first, having grown up with mushy commercially canned stuff, but he loves garlic, so I used garlic as his “gateway drug” and he’s decided properly prepared vegetables are delicious.

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  5. harper on October 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Pretty much in everything. :)

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  6. Anne-Marie on October 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    We use it in everything, but I especially like it roasted in mashed potatoes.

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  7. Kellie R on October 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    What don’t I use garlic in?!? I’d have to say that my favorite, though, is pickled in with Dilly Beans.

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  8. Catie Drew on October 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    My favorite way to use garlic is in a marinade for grilled salmon. Chop the garlic, and grate some fresh ginger, add it to a mixture of soy sauce and olive oil, mix together and pour over salmon fillets and let marinate for 30 minutes before broiling. Even my picky son eats it. We use fresh garlic from the garden – delicious!

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  9. Vicki Vossbrink on October 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    You could put garlic on a shoe and my family would eat it and enjoy it!

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  10. Beth K on October 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    We use garlic quite often, but I love potatoes with butter, garlic, and onion!

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  11. Kristin on October 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I love to use roasted garlic on garlic bread.

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  12. Donna Reed on October 20, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I use lots of garlic in salsa’s, and stir frys! Love the flavors!

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  13. Cheryl Jowers on October 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Roasted. I roast whole cloves with olive oil and the squeeze those soft warm golden gems out of their paper wrapper and eat imidiatly.

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  14. Sarah H on October 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Love garlic roasted in eggs.

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  15. Lorna on October 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I love, love, love garlic in anything savory. But my passion(s) at the moment are home-made salsa and dilly beans with lots of garlic.
    Speaking of garlic, I’m prepping the garden bed for planting my first ever batch of home-grown garlic. I’ve been told to work in a lot of good aged compost, but the liquid kelp sounds like a great idea too. Thanks for the heads-up!

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  16. Shelley Creed on October 21, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Shredded zucchini, cooked in olive oil and minced garlic, & sprinkled with kosher salt!!!

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  17. Nicole on October 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I love to roast garlic, and spread it on bread, or in hummus, or on homemade pizza… just about everything!

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  18. Tonya on October 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Mmmmmm….garlic love! I use tons of garlic on chicken & beef, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, “tomatoes on toast” as my husband calls it (bruschetta), in soups, salads and many other things. Oddly enough, I don’t particularly care for it roasted.

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  19. Paula on October 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Sauté with asparagus in butter

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  20. Bacon Brown on October 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I use garlic in almost everything but my favourite is definitely when I roast the entire head long and slow. Often I just eat this spread on crustini, but I LOVE it spread on the bread of a rare beef dip sandwich (with left over beef from a Roast of Prime Rib). SOOOOO GOOOD!

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  21. Loree on October 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    What comes to mind is roasted garlic — to be spread on crusty bread or put in mashed potatoes!

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  22. Pam on October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    A day without garlic is like a day without sunshine. It goes into almost everything that I cook.

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  23. Annie's Granny on October 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Definitely roasted and spread on homemade French bread!

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  24. Jacqui on October 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I love garlic in all ways – raw, sauteed, roasted, deep fried… but my favorite thing about garlic is it’s healing and antibacterial properties. If I feel a cold coming on, I mix minced raw garlic with a glass of water and gulp away the illness.

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  25. songbirdtiff on October 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I use garlic all the time! I just used a bunch to make am immunity boosting drink i call plague tonic. I also chopped a lot of my garlic and stored it in olive oil in the fridge for quick use.

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  26. Hailey on October 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

    The ultimate garlic fix: Pan fried in butter, served over pasta with a light sprinkle of parmesan. This is most definitely my favorite way!

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  27. Sandy Scofield on October 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Cooked with mushroom and sweet peppers (so the garlic cloves are as tender as butter.)

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  28. melissa on October 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    My favorite way to use garlic is to roast it in the oven and put whole cloves right on top of homemade pizza. My husband is the pizza master and grills delicious pizza topped with garlic and other veges from the garden. Yum!

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  29. T Mansbridge on October 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    We blend finely chopped garlic (or scapes when available) with good quality organic cultured butter. This keeps for a long time in the refrigerator and is ready to go for bread, pasta, vegetables or fish either to cook in or as a topping.

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  30. Stasi on October 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I use garlic in everything! my husband’s favorite treat (besides brownies which i do not put garlic in :)) is soft pretzels with garlic butter dipping sauce.

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  31. Matt on October 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve loved garlic all my life.. Now I’m starting my own Back to Eden style garden and of course plan garlic to be part of it.

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  32. stella novack on October 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I have a daily relationship with garlic. Hardly a day goes by that I’m not cutting up at least one clove to put in some dish for dinner: stir-fry, casserole, soup, omelet, etc. Most of our garlic is given to us by a friend whose neighbor grows a field of it. We are so sad when it runs out in the spring. So this year, because of your podcast, my husband put in a fall planting of it. Thanks!

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  33. Toni Martinez on October 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    We loooove garlic and I use it in everything, except maybe desserts. I love the way it grows.I use it in all of my cooking! What a great giveaway!

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  34. Modern Mia Gardening on October 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I love it for cooking and slathering on toasted bread.

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  35. Shelly on October 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I use garlic all winter in my chicken’s and dog’s water and also in their morning mixture of cooked rice, quinoa, millet, flax seeds and any greens I can find. They love it and it keeps them healthy during the cold winter months in the northeast. In my own kitchen, I roast it, sautéed it and crushed into just about every dish I make. My mother-in-law always tells me that coming to my home reminds her of her Ukrainian grandmother’s house. She used to have a bowl of raw cloves and eat them regularly for good health and lived into her nineties. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am sure I will someday. I also just started slicing it thin with a garlic slicer and I am slow roasting them for winter storage.

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  36. Mandie on October 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love roasted garlic for its sweetness, and cooking with garlic to add a depth and layer of flavor. Last night I made a pork tenderloin, browned it in some garlic oil, and served with roasted broccoli, also tossed in garlic oil! I really enjoy raw garlic, the pungency and spicy bite….mmmmm! I wonder how’d I like just chewing on a clove?!

    I love garlic for being something that helps chase away “the baddies” and keeping us healthy. I……I just love garlic!!

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  37. KimP on October 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    In almost every dinner dish. :)

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  38. Emily on October 24, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I love garlic in pesto!

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  39. Amanda on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Recently: coconut oil in pan… then garlic… then a sliced mushroom or two… then some pieces of leftover polenta, bite-sized…salt & ground pepper… After this gets cooked a little I’ll add in a big handful of chopped kale and let it cook for just a bit, not too long. Last a diced tomato and another sprinkle of salt- just toss it and turn it off and after a minute slide it onto your plate for a delicious treat! Kale is amazing- being able to eat it just partially cooked and so quickly and having it taste so good (GARLIC!)is awesome- and you’re getting a lot more of the calcium by adding in the tomato with it’s vitamin c. <3

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  40. patti on October 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    i love garlic in almost everything but my favourite is in pesto, that way you get the full fresh flavour of it

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