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Roasted Garlic Jelly

You know what? Canning in the winter is quite enjoyable. I need to do more of it. Especially when the temperature drops, standing next to three boiling pots on the stove is quite lovely. A nice change from the frigid depths of the living room.

Earlier this year I received a note from Tom of Singer Farm Naturals, who found one of my posts touting the deliciousness of garlic scapes (which, I agree, are underutilized). Tom offered to send me a sampling of his organic garlic varieties (he grows over 20 unique varieties). How could I say no?

When the box came just this past week, I was overwhelmed. Think about it. You buy garlic in little mesh bags in the grocery store. It’s just garlic. Plain old, generic garlic. It’s not like apples, there are no options… garlic is garlic. Or so I thought.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ever since the fragrant box arrived, we’ve been exploring the varieties like fine wines. Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, garlicky spinach soup, classic garlic bread…

Anyone have a breath mint?

But I wanted to do something that would really highlight the garlic. And I wasn’t quite sure what that would be, until I saw this:

Smoked Gouda and garlic jam.

It was a comment left on the Kerry Gold giveaway post by Michelle, describing her ultimate grilled cheese. I saw the words “garlic jam” and I knew I had it. Thanks, Michelle, for the inspiration I needed!

While I couldn’t find any recipes for garlic jam, recipes for garlic jelly were all over, including in my canning bible, which had a recipe for Roasted Garlic Jelly that I ended up using. I made two batches, one featuring the Lorz Italian variety of garlic, and the other featuring Persian Star. Both delicious, both garlicky and wonderfully rich, and oh so slightly different. While I think the varieties are best distinguished in their raw forms, (garlic tasting party, anyone?), this jelly is a real treat.

Yes, indeed. I think this will make one fine grilled cheese.

Roasted Garlic Jelly

Makes 9 4-oz. jars. Recipe from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.


3 medium heads garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, divided
1 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, crushed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups granulated sugar
2 (3oz) pouches liquid pectin


Using a sharp knife, cut off tops of garlic heads, exposing cloves. Place each head on a small square of aluminum foil set on a baking sheet. Top each head with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Scrunch foil loosely around garlic heads and roast in preheated oven until garlic is golden and very soft, 45 to 60 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Separate cloves, pinching each one to extract the soft roasted garlic. Discard skins.

In a medium stainless steel saucepan, combine roasted garlic, wine, water, white balsamic vinegar and peppercorns. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Cover, remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes.

Transfer garlic mixture to a strainer lined with several layers of dampened cheesecloth or a dampened coffee filter set over a deep bowl. Let drip, undisturbed, for about 30 minutes. Measure 1 2/3 cups garlic juice. If you do not have the required amount, add up to 1/4 cup dry white wine or water. (This step can be done up to one day in advance. Cover and refrigerate juice until ready to use).

Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars, and lids.

Transfer garlic juice to a large, deep stainless steel saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and sugar. Over high heat, stirring constantly, bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir in pectin. Return to a boil and boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam.

Quickly pour hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.

Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool, and store.

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Organic Garlic Varieties

Giveaway week continues with (you guessed it) garlic! I am so pleased to offer a garlic sampler, filled with multiple varieties of organic garlic from Singer Farm Naturals in Appleton, New York. We’ve enjoyed exploring the subtle differences in the unusual varieties of garlic we received, and we are sure you will too!


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What is your favorite garlic recipe?

Entries open through 12/19/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Monday, December 20th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Singer Farm Naturals. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

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This is one situation where garlic breath is actually a good thing.

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  1. Tweeted about the giveaway.

  2. And following on FB, of course.

  3. Good ol’ garlic bread of course! Can’t get enough of it!

  4. And I’m a fan on Facebook!

  5. Roasted garlic is one of my favorite ways to prepare it because it becomes so sweet and is delightful scooped out on bread. However, garlic makes an appearance in almost every main dish I prepare. What a lovely giveaway! :)

  6. I already follow you on Facebook. :)

  7. I follow you on Twitter.

  8. am a bit obsessed w/garlic . . . as in garlic oil, pasta, bread, toast, roasted, paste, 40 cloves of garlic w/chicken, mac-n-cheese . . . and asking me to pick one would be like asking me to choose my favorite child!

  9. am a fan of L&O already – you guys rawk!

  10. and yep – follow you on twitter!

  11. I think my favorite garlic recipe is roasted cauliflower with garlic… or brussell sprouts with roasted garlic. I am obsessed with it. :)

  12. Fan on FB :)

  13. I put garlic in everything! Nearly everything I cook starts with garlic and onions cooking down in a pan with a bit of good olive oil or butter, and the dish builds from there. But if I want just garlicky goodness, I’ll sauté some minced garlic with the aforementioned good olive oil, and then toss cooked baby potatoes, and cook until the skins are slightly crisped or browned, sprinkle in some some herbage (chives, dill or parsley, most often), and garnish with a bit of sour cream. It’s a delightfully yummy side dish, and super yummy on winter nights!

    And I’m a facebook fan!

  14. I’m a fan on Facebook!

  15. I forgot to mention I am also a fan on Facebook.

  16. It’s so hard to pick one recipe – my hubby and I are known for our love of garlic!! It’s between lemon garlic salmon and Cook’s Country garlic bread. YUM!

  17. I am a fan on facebook.

  18. I really just love anytime I have a green vegetable that is sauteed with garlic.

  19. Wow, I didn’t know so many people loved garlic this much! We enjoy the garlic on toasted bagets with some just made pasta. Delish!

  20. I love all garlic recipes! One neat trick is to throw unpealed cloves of garlic into your oil when you are deep-frying french fries. So yum!

  21. Pasta puttanesca with loads of garlic and black olives.

  22. Roasted garlic bread on homemade bread with great butter.

  23. Garlic goes well with almost everything!

    If you make me choose, I’d have to pick the easy Garlic Butter pasta. :)

  24. roasted garlic cloves with bread or on grilled cheese. or raw garlic in a bread dip – letting garlic marinate in olive oil with salt and good spices. mmmmm…… i also learned about toasting garlic in a very simple ATK green bean recipe. YUM. garlic is great because you dont have to do much to it to make it awesome!

  25. I seriously put garlic in everything. Although once of my most memorable garlic eateries was a pizza with whole roasted garlic all over it. It was delicious!

  26. My favorite way to use garlic is, of course, in grilled cheese. Earlier this week I tweeted about my Best Grilled Cheese Ever, inspired by your grilled cheese post. I’m prettttty dedicated to discovering creative ways to make grilled cheese, & garlic has made a couple of appearances.

  27. And of course, I already like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

  28. I make a baked cheese dip using cream cheese, sauteed garlic, asiago cheese, parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, and crumbled crisp bacon. Mix together and bake for a GREAT warm dip to serve either on crackers or toast points. My teenage son can make a meal out of this dip.

  29. Garlic Jelly with Singer Farms garlic….I’m in heaven!!!

  30. Homemade pesto

  31. I’m a fan on FB.

  32. No question – garlic bread!

  33. Garlic is good in everything! but I guess my favorite kind of garlic by itself is roasted garlic that you can spread on some bread.

  34. Chicken with 40 cloves is my favorite!

  35. I love my mom’s shrimp scampi – delicious and always a crowd pleaser!

  36. Just ONE favorite Garlic Recipe?! Might have to be fresh spinach sauteed with garlic, nice and simple!

  37. I only recently started using garlic within the last year or two and simply love it. I use it whenever I can. It works well with so much but my favorite and simply way to use it is in mashed potatoes – delicious.

  38. That has to be a tie between garlic cheese bread (with not too much cheese!) or garlic mashed potatoes. Both are so good and comforting!

  39. We love to grow our own garlic!

  40. Fan on FB too!

  41. I LOOOOVE me some garlic! Especially in any kind of carb – potatoes, rice, pasta…it just goes so well with them all!!

  42. Roasted and brushed with olive oil. It’s like unwrapping and eating hershey kisses but with garlic!

  43. i have so many ideas on ways to use this!

  44. I put garlic in a lot of recipes, whether it calls for it or not. Tonight we are having clams in a garlic broth. In California, we have a garlic festival every year. They even serve garlic ice cream……I haven’t tried that one but my son loves it.

  45. Roasted garlic soup! Ok, really roasted garlic ANYTHING. But I love soup too.

  46. I love garlic!!! so good for your blood pressure. I especially love garlic cream cheese on a black seed Montreal bagel with a tomato slice with pep :)

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  48. shrimp scampi, chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, spaghetti with garlic and clam sauce – just the start of favorite garlic dishes

  49. friend on Facebook

  50. I’m torn between garlic bread and garlicky greens.

  51. That is tough I love garlic….but If I have to pick one I have to say shrimp scampi.

  52. Butternut squash sauce for pasta. WIth loads of garlic – I always use about three times as much as it calls for.

  53. I’m a fan on Facebook.

  54. Oh please, i would love some garlic! This is my second year at attempting to grow it and we will see what happens! Are you ready for my favorite recipe? it’s super easy. Quarter small onions tomatoes, use several garlic cloves (to your taste), and toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and pour the veggies on the pan. Broil for about 5 minutes at a time till “roasted.” Dump contents into a blender and puree. Roasted Tomato Soup!!

  55. Oh, and I follow you on facebook!

  56. my favorite garlic recipe is chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. yum!

  57. I love garlic on and in anything, but my all-time fav. roasted garlic recipe is here:

    We eat it with a warm baguette, brie and homemade raspberry preserves.

  58. Already a FB fan!

  59. I love garlic as well. I’m hoping to grow some next year. My favorite garlic recipe is garlic bread.

  60. Mac and cheese with garlic and bacon… (I love bacon, it’s not a problem)

  61. My favorite ultimately garlic recipe is the 44 clove garlic soup from smitten kitchen. SO yummy! SO garlic-y!

  62. Oh my gosh…I am a garlic FREAK. Give me whole roasted cloves, on ANYTHING really, but especially pasta arrabiatta!

  63. I like you on FB! (Amber Shea F.)

  64. I love hummus with lots of garlic…does that count? I also like to just roast it and spread it on bread with sea salt!

  65. Fave Garlic recipe:
    Jajugh: Its Armenian, strained yogurt, dried mint, diced cucumber, and a good amount of mashed fresh garlic… once it sits the flavor gets stronger so don’t put TOO much garlic… YUM!

    I’m your fan on FB!

  66. i’m a fan of a simple roasted garlic and white bean spread. on.. pretty much everything savory.

  67. What a wonderful idea…garlic jelly! Printed you recipe and am going to make some for Christmas stocking foody grown sons will love it.

    Too many favorites, however, we also had fresh roasted red peppers at
    Christmas with lots of garlic, sardines, a sprinkling of oregano, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil..with a loaf of REAL Italian bread…mmmmmm.

  68. A friend in Africa (Carol, we miss you) always made this recipe and was required to share with anyone who ate it – I’ve never had it written as it’s so simple. Plenty of garlic, mashed with salt, paprika & a knob of butter (these days I’d use Earth Balance). Boil good quality linguine til tender. Drain. Toss with garlic butter mixture. Eat while hot! Proportions of the ingredients are anybody’s guess – and no, you don’t cook the garlic beforehand.

  69. I do like you on Facebook.

  70. Chicken marbella, though bagna cauda is also fabulous.

  71. I like beef stir fry with a lot of ginger and garlic!

  72. I love fresh garlic in olive oil with italian spices to dip my bread .

  73. I make a pasta dish that they make at Carrabbas with garlic inflused in olive oil and then I add chopped tomatoes and basil. Serve it over angel hair pasta with some grated cheese. Its delish and I love the garlic flavor!

  74. YUM Garlic anything is great. I am definitely going to try making this garlic jelly, even though I’ve never heard of it and have no idea what to do with it … thanks so much for sharing :)

  75. Roasted garlic is delicious on everything.

  76. Favorite garlic recipe would have to be Garlic sauce from Dp’s pub. I make it at home almost close to theirs :)

  77. HMMM Thats a tough one,because I love garlic in everything I eat lol..Its that italian in me.. My favorite would have to be FRESH garlic toast with garlic butter spread on it mmmmm

  78. I am now following you on twitter under beachbabys,and I tweeted about this giveaway!/BeachBabys/status/16548022544506880

  79. I’m torn, but I would have to go with my Spaghetti with Clam Sauce recipe. Tons of minced fresh garlic, chopped tomatoes, artichokes, green olives and clams, served over spaghetti. Your house(and your face) will reek but your taste buds will thank you. Delicious!

  80. simple stir fried mushrooms with tons of garlic!

  81. I love good ol’ garlic fries! THank you so much for this amazing recipe!

  82. Garlic stuffed olives rule.

  83. I love, love cooking w/ garlic (one of my favorite ingredients by far). Right now I’m on a swiss chard pesto kick & it’s key to use farm fresh garlic (found in your own backyard or local farmers markets, not the kind in the store). Prawn scampi sounds devine too!

    I have to say thank you for the push to make Garlic Jelly

  84. I can’t wait to try this! Maybe this week! Been looking for the perfect holiday gift for my Italian neighbors. They go out of their way to help our family when needed!

  85. Oy! What way to choose? I love garlic in just about everything, including a cup of herbal broth I drink two or three times a day… but I think my favorite is just plain garlic butter on bread or noodles, full flavor of the garlic in buttery yumminess and easy to have any time!

    I have to try your jelly recipe! Can’t wait to see jars of garlic jelly next to my jars of jalapeno jelly!

  86. I would love this. We put garlic in almost everything. i love garlic on foccaccia bread.

  87. Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic is my favorite garlic recipe, although, of course, I love garlic in so many things!

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