Garlic May Scare Vampires! Don’t let it Scare you!

 

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for centuries for cooking and medicinal purposes. Known as the ‘stinking rose’ and Russian penicillin, its medicinal purposes have been documented for centuries and have always been a popular remedy for colds, coughs, and sore throats.

It’s only when I researched this less than aromatic herb I discovered its many uses. Synonymous with vampire killing I would often slip a couple of cloves in the sherry trifle to rid myself of boring guests. It worked! As copious amounts of sugar and alcohol with purging garlic would lead to an early exit for the most tenacious welcome out-stayers. Aunt Dolly was just a Nano second away from having the four Horseman of the Apocalypse maraud through her digestive system with a well-aimed garlic dressing. Talk about Fire in the Hole. It has a second to none colonic cleansing quality.

If you want to be rid of constipation. Raw garlic will shift the Boulder dam. It detoxes by the boxes.

Studies and some random Googling shows…

“Garlic was used in World War I and World War II to cure many diseases and because it is a potent antiseptic. Garlic is universally known for its health benefits. It is an excellent source of phytochemicals and contains vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), C, iron, phosphorous, sulphur compounds, and calcium. Medical studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and hypertension, prevents some cancerous tumours, protects against bacterial and fungal infections, and is good for the blood and heart. It is useful as an expectorant in respiratory ailments, eliminates toxic metals, and supports the immune system. Garlic may prove to be useful for diabetics, as it seems to regulate blood sugar levels.”

War is where Garlic really comes into its own. Breaking new frontiers and infusing that extra zing into any conflict.

Yet, how that works in the combat zone for the pursuit of peace, is still a mystery. One cannot assume that having your spleen shot out of your body could be cured by rubbing garlic on the affected area.

Personally, I would prefer it at chow time during a small pause in the conflict. Should I become wounded I could heal from the inside. When at war, one must always consider ones ultimate wellbeing. Remember, an army marches on its stomach if it is not already embedded with shrapnel.

Here is a great recipe for flavoured cabbage lovers.

I found this beneficial…

The nutritional and chemical properties of sauerkraut have also proven effective in aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk for developing prostate and colon cancers.

Yes, really!

Recent studies have shown that girls who eat four or more servings of sauerkraut or lightly cooked cabbage a week during adolescence are 72 percent less likely to develop breast cancer as adults. The nutritional and chemical properties of sauerkraut have also proven effective in aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk for developing prostate and colon cancers.

Garlic Gizmos..

No kitchen is complete without a few accessories all developed for the sole purpose of extracting the delicious flavour of garlic. No matter if a person is of an Italian descent, an Italian food lover, a professional chef, or a regular person who likes the taste of garlic, the proper garlic tools are necessities. Garlic is a strong smelling and tasting, and specific garlic gadgets make the cloves easier to peel, crush, chop, press, roast, and grate.

Garlic is an ingredient present in many recipes. Since it can have a strong flavor, it is sometimes used in small amounts. However, there are many people who love the taste of garlic and can’t seem to get enough of it. For these people, garlic can be added to recipes in bulk. Since garlic must be removed from its skin before it is used, several tools can assist in making this sometimes difficult job much easier.

Most garlic tools can be purchased for a relatively small amount of money, some as little as a few dollars. However, there are quite a few tools which all do different things to a clove of garlic, and a person may or may not need all of them. The need for the tools depends on how much garlic a person tends to use in their daily or weekly cooking.

Garlic Peeler

No matter if a single garlic clove or a whole head of garlic is being used for a recipe, everyone can benefit from a garlic peeler. Anyone who has ever tried to peel individual garlic cloves using their fingernails knows how tedious it can be. A garlic peeler can greatly speed up the peeling process and it is very easy to use. By placing a clove of garlic in a garlic peeler, the skin of the garlic sticks to the peeler and the inside of the garlic clove is left for cooking. Using this tool will speed up the garlic peeling process and at the same time it will alleviate the everlasting garlic smell that can remain on fingers.

Garlic Roasters

True garlic lovers should not live without a garlic roaster. While a piece of aluminium foil can serve as a makeshift garlic roaster, an official roaster, made out of a terra cotta plate, a rounded lid, and ventilation holes, is the best way to roast a head of garlic. Placing an entire head of garlic (with the top cut off) in a roaster and drizzling it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and baking for about one hour will yield a delicious, soft head of garlic. Individual garlic cloves can be squeezed out of the head and spread directly on a cracker or a piece of bread for a delicious treat.

Garlic Slicers

It’s very difficult to cut garlic into very thin pieces using a knife, and it takes a lot of practice and experience to slice garlic in an efficient manner. So, if a large number of garlic slices is needed for a recipe, a garlic slicer can come in very handy. Garlic slicers ensure that pieces of garlic are uniform in shape and thickness, and they are as easy to use as cheese graters!

Garlic Keepers

Most people come home from the grocery store with a bag full of garlic heads and throw them in the refrigerator. This, however, is not a recommended place to store garlic. In fact, garlic should not be stored on a kitchen counter either since direct sunlight is not good for it. Garlic keepers can be cute accessories to add to any kitchen, as they come in many styles. Storing heads of garlic in a garlic keeper allows the garlic to remain in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Garlic Press

Simply chopping a clove of garlic into a million pieces with a knife and a chopping board does not produce the same effect as a piece of garlic that has been put through a garlic press. A garlic press is a tool that squeezes the garlic and presses it into tiny pieces. Some recipes call specifically for pressed garlic, and there is really no way to obtain pressed garlic without using this specific tool.

Devilled Turkey Kraut Burgers

1 lb. lean ground turkey

11/2 cups drained Sauerkraut, divided

A ball of garlic baked intact and then squeezed for the milk.

1/2 cup sliced green onions, divided

1 tbsp. chopped pimiento

1 egg white, beaten

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Method

In mixing bowl, combine turkey, 1 cup sauerkraut, 1/4 cup onions, garlic milk, pimiento, egg white and mustard. Shape into 4-inch patties. Grill 5-7 minutes on each side until meat is no longer pink.
Combine remaining sauerkraut, 1/4 cup onions and cheese. Top patties with mixture. Grill 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve on hamburger buns, if desired. Serves 6.

Some Garlic history!

As a culinary spice, the Indians, Egyptians, and Europeans have appreciated garlic for thousands of years, and most notably the Italians and Chinese who have made extensive use of this much-loved plant. There are records of garlic use dating back 3,000 years and botanists believe that garlic probably originated in central Asia thousands of years ago.

In North America, early colonists discovered that the First Nations people were using a native species of garlic to treat a variety of medical problems including snakebite and intestinal worms.

Garlic Truths?

If you have ever suffered ( as did once, I ) the indignity of asking for pinworm treatment at your local pharmacy then garlic is just the ticket. The little critters hate garlic, which makes one ask, it can’t be worse that the home they choose? Yet, it is a fact that your tiny to the naked to the eye, houseguests, are soon evicted after a garlic encounter. They will not stay long on your backdoor step.
Worms are great for the garden but not for your gut as they strip all the good nutrients from your digestion and also lay more eggs causing extreme weight loss and if untreated can be fatal.

What is Garlic Made of and How to Recognise it & Grow It?

Garlic is a moderately hardy herbaceous (herbaceous means a plant that lacks woody tissue and dies to the ground at the end of the growing season) perennial. It grows from 2-3 feet (0.6-1m) tall and has flat, long, pointed green leaves extending from the base. The young leaves grow 2 feet (0.6 m) tall and have a delicate chive-like flavour. Garlic has erect, hollow, green stalks that support pink or whitish flowering clusters or bulbils that appear in mid-summer. The leaves are organised into segments called cloves and may have anywhere from 4–15 cloves in a bulb. Garlic does best in rich, well-drained, highly organic soils, prefers full sun, although it will grow in partial shade. Avoid over-watering or the bulbs will rot. Garlic has white energy for chromo therapy purposes.

Garlic is available throughout the year but it is easy to grow your own. To plant, separate cloves from the head and plant cloves with the pointed end up. Garlic can be planted in early spring or late fall. It is best to plant cloves or bulbils available from nurseries or garden catalogues as store bought garlic is often sprayed with a sprout and root inhibitor that confuses its natural growth cycle. Fall plantings produce the best yields, as garlic needs a long growing period and a cool period below 10° C (50° F) for two months. If over-wintering in zones 3 or 4, plant cloves at least 3 inches (8 cm) deep and mulch with leaves or straw; otherwise plant bulbs 2 inches (5 cm) deep and 6 inches (15 cm) apart. (In the winter, I plant store-bought garlic in pots and snip the leaves to impart a fresh garlic flavour to salads and soups.) Garlic is generally pest and disease free.

Harvest garlic when the leaves die back and begin to turn brown and collapse. Pull up the mature plants and dry in the sun for a week; then trim or braid the stalks and hang the garlic braids in the shade to dry further. To store, keep in a dry, dark place with good air circulation. Garlic will keep for up to 6 months if stored in temperatures no higher than 0° C (32° F). Leaves, bulbs, and bulbils may all be eaten.

In the garden, garlic helps protect plants from fungus and pests. Scientists at New Castle University have shown that a barrier of garlic oil is an effective slug and snail repellent. Planted near roses, it aids in fighting black spot. Garlic spray is used to discourage many insects and combats various blights found on vegetables and flowers. To make garlic spray, mince garlic and add water. Some people add a few drops of vegetable oil to the spray to make it cling to flowers and foliage. Garlic spray is a non-toxic alternative to using harmful chemicals in the garden.

In the kitchen, garlic can be used fresh, dried, or powdered. Fresh is best. To peel, place the garlic cloves on the work surface and whack with the flat edge of a knife. The garlic will crack out of the skin making it easier to peel. You can also put the garlic in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain, and then peel when cool. Crush with the flat edge of a knife and slice or chop as necessary. Garlic can be used to enhance the flavour of seafood, salad dressings, stews, casseroles, vegetables, soups, meat dishes, pasta, vegetables, and poultry. When roasting meat, make slits in the meat, sliver garlic, and stuff into the slits. Roast the meat as usual. Roasting or baking garlic mellows the taste. To eliminate garlic breath, chew the traditional breath fresheners: parsley, fenugreek, or fennel.

No kitchen is complete without a few accessories all developed for the sole purpose of extracting the delicious flavour of garlic. No matter if a person is of an Italian descent, an Italian food lover, a professional chef, or a regular person who likes the taste of garlic, the proper garlic tools are necessities. Garlic is a strong smelling and tasting, and specific garlic gadgets make the cloves easier to peel, crush, chop, press, roast, and grate.

Garlic is an ingredient present in many recipes. Since it can have a strong flavour, it is sometimes used in small amounts. However, there are many people who love the taste of garlic and can’t seem to get enough of it. For these people, garlic can be added to recipes in bulk. Since garlic must be removed from its skin before it is used, several tools can assist in making this sometimes difficult job much easier.

Most garlic tools can be purchased for a relatively small amount of money, some as little as a few dollars. However, there are quite a few tools which all do different things to a clove of garlic, and a person may or may not need all of them. The need for the tools depends on how much garlic a person tends to use in their daily or weekly cooking.

The Garlic Myth

Stories of garlic being used to protect us from the fanged-tooth ‘Dracula’ may not be of a great help in the recent times. Even though garlic may not drive an evil vampire, it surely can ward off all the blood sucking diseases in our body. It is one of the most frequently used products in out diet. With the increasing health benefits it surely can help us clear all the major illnesses in our life. The presence of sulfur gives garlic that biting smell for which it has become so famous. These odours and smells help you fight all kind of illnesses.

Ample amount of vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium is present in garlic. A good source of manganese is available to boost your health. Studies have shown that daily dose of garlic in small amounts reduces blood pressure, serum triglycerides, platelet aggregation and LDL-cholesterol. On the other hand it increases the level of serum HDL-cholesterol and fibrinolysis to stimulate the production of nitric oxide which relaxes you. The organ sulphur compound obtained in garlic is known to treat skin cancer. It prevents heart disease and any risk of stroke. It is able to cut down the number of free radicals present in the bloodstream.

Home Remedies with Garlic

Garlic has been widely used to cure acne. By rubbing garlic cloves on the affected area can get rid of acne. It purifies your blood which cleanses it to keep acne away.

To get rid of warts, apply garlic juice on the wart, two times daily for about a week

Garlic is termed as an aphrodisiac. By consumption of two or three raw garlic cloves in a day could help you overcome the sexual impotency problem.

Garlic juice poured in your punctured ear can alleviate your pain.

It is also very useful for arthritis patient. It boosts the immune system and reduces the pain.

By chewing garlic can get you rid of cold. The anti-viral agents help to fight off cold in matter of days.

Rubbing garlic clove on a cut can clear off any chances of infection.

Having garlic a day would help you to clear your allergies.

Having two or three cloves of garlic every morning can help you overcome back problems.

To beat cough problems use 10 to 15 garlic cloves. Chop them properly. Cover it with honey and keep it overnight. Have it first thing in the morning. It would help you cure your cough problems.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it.

If you find the cloves too then…. hot to chew then use some ideas! Garlic is Universal so take some risks with a great root that excites the dish and keeps you healthy.

Devilled Braised Lamb Shanks with Veggie Shish Kebabs

Make a paste of Tomato Pesto and garlic, Olive or Grapeseed/Avocado oil

Arrange your veggie shish kebabs and paint with the paste.

Do the same with your lamb shanks and fire the shanks turning and painting as you go.

Sear the shanks in the paste until tender. Do not scorch.

Serve your twin dishes with Quinoa & potato salad.

Want a marinade for your lamb the night before?

Prepare the sauce with soy sauce and garlic for few minutes in a saucepan. Strain and cool it. Add wine, sugar, ginger root, 2 cups of scallions or leeks, 2 cups of Chinese parsley or fresh coriander.

Refresh the sauce with some more scallions or leeks and parsley.

Tip: Bake the balls of Garlic for 40 minutes under 200c before they cool and squeeze the milk through a sieve into your salad dressings curries and stews. Or spread on Rye bread with cottage cheese & chives.

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