My plans for Saturday morning didn't turn out as expected. I was supposed to go raspberry picking at Witte's Vegetable Farm with my mom and sister-in-law. However, we got some thunderstorms on Friday night, and the fields were closed on Saturday morning. *cry* I had a back up plan, though (and my sister-in-law asked me the last time I did something spontaneous- point taken!). I ended up getting 40 heads of garlic for a decent price. Bargaining is not one of my strengths. I feel like someone will think I'm cheap if I ask for a discount. But, what's the worst that will happen? They'll say no. What do I care if a stranger thinks I'm cheap? After watching a friend bargain for a few items at the Wisconsin State Fair, I was inspired. I walked up to the vendor that had the best price and the largest heads of garlic. I told him I needed 40 heads and asked if he could give me a deal. He was selling them for $0.75 a piece, and gave them to me for $0.50 each. I thought 33% off sounded good. I saved $10. Score.
Here's the first thing I made with them. Thai Hot & Sweet Dipping Sauce from Ball's Fresh Preserving website. I love the combination of sweet and spicy, and I enjoy Asian food, so I thought I'd give this one a shot.
First I peeled the 36 cloves of garlic.
|36 cloves of peeled garlic|
I have an awesome garlic press, but I thought I'd save time by pulsing it in my food processor. It was quick and easy. I've got a feeling I'm going to be using this processor more and more.
|garlic after being 'pulsed'|
|garlic & salt mixture|
|jars keeping warm|
Then I prepared the vinegar and sugar mixture.
|vinegar and sugar boiling|
|sugar and peppers|
|I love my Rachel Ray flat-edged ladle!|
|The pepper floats to the top and the garlic sinks, but a good shake up, and you're ready to use it!|