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Pickled Garlic

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Pickled Garlic goes well with cheese and crackers or spiced meats. Even if you’re not a fan of garlic you may want to give pickled garlic a try. Pickling mellows the garlic more than you might think.


  • 8-10 garlic bulbs
  • 500mls white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 90g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon plain salt
  • 1 teaspoon per jar of either mustard seed or fennel seeds (optional)
  • 2 x 250-300ml jars with good lids.
Pickled Garlic


  1. Separate the bulbs of garlic into cloves and peel.
  2. In a saucepan bring the vinegar, salt, and sugar to the boil, stirring occasionally to make sure the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Add the garlic cloves to the pickling liquid.
  4. Bring it back to a boil and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Transfer the garlic cloves to sterilized jars.
  6. Add the mustard or fennel seeds if used.
  7. Carefully fill the jars with the hot pickling liquid. Seal.
  8. The garlic will be ready to use in about a week, but like with most pickles, the flavor improves over time.
  9. I have made these using both fennel and mustard seeds and there really was nothing to choose between the two.
  10. Also if I can get ready peeled garlic it does save time.

Prepared, tried, and tested by Carol Taylor

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