Black garlic is a great way to infuse food with umami and depth. We think it is a delicious ingredient in salad dressings, on pizzas, in hummus or in mayonnaise. But can you make black garlic yourself?
Ottolenghi does it in his Brussels sprouts , Nigel Slater stirs it through his pasta and we came up with a divine mayonnaise a while ago (and mix it with your homemade bread dough). Black garlic is therefore a very versatile ingredient to have in the house and you will benefit from keeping it in stock. This is possible.
Black garlic in a nutshell
In short: what is black garlic again? Although you might suspect that it is a type of garlic , this is not the case. Black garlic is basically fermented white garlic.
This fermentation turns the garlic black and gives it a spreadable plastecine-like texture. Even more interesting is the taste: it becomes much more subtle than regular garlic and tastes slightly sweet (think of a raisin-like taste) with notes of stock and of course garlic. Delicious.
Make your own black garlic
Although you can buy black garlic in most large supermarkets these days (check the sales addresses at Zwarteknoflook.nl) , we are naturally interested in whether you could make it yourself.
Through TheKitchn we discovered that it is possible! The best method is using a rice cooker. How does that work?
- Heat your rice cooker to 50 degrees (or a maximum of 85 degrees – measure this with a cooking thermometer if necessary)
- Wrap two bulbs of garlic individually in foil and place them in the rice cooker
- Also cover the top of the rice cooker with foil
- Leave covered for 8 days. This is important to keep the moisture in the garlic.
- On day 9, remove the garlic from the rice cooker and peel the garlic cloves. Keep them cool (for example in a glass preserving jar).
Tip : put the rice cooker in an area where you don’t come every day (such as a garage or basement). Garlic is delicious, but we all know that a garlic smell in your home is not exactly sexy…
More cool cooking projects?
- make your own red curry paste
- How to make your own hoisin sauce (super easy!)
- How do you make your own meat substitutes such as vegetable burgers?