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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • A bulb covered with dry, loose outer skin, made up of individual cloves; skin must be removed.
  • Select plump, dry and firm heads with a smooth white covering.
  • Choose large sized bulbs with roots still in place.
  • Do not buy garlic with green sprouts growing from it.
  • Store in a mesh bag at 32-40 degrees for up to 3-6 months.
  • Member of the onion family; strong flavor and smell for flavoring food.
  • Cooked garlic has a milder flavor than raw; bitter when overcooked.

Try it!

  • Used whole, chopped, crushed, pressed or pureed in dishes. The more finely garlic is chopped the stronger its flavor.
  • Peel the outer skin off; crush by pressing with the side of a large knife blade, chop finely, crush again. Let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes.
  • Cook for as short a time as possible.

Like it! Garlic and Herb Butter


  • ½ c softened butter
  • 1 t finely chopped dried parsley, basil or herb of choice
  • ½ t minced garlic
  • 1-3 t lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Shape the mixture into a roll
  3. Wrap it tightly with saran wrap
  4. Freezer up to 6 months
  5. Slice of amounts as needed

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 100; Fat 12g; Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 140; Carbohydrates 0g; Sugar 0g; Fiber 0g; Protein 0g

Program Materials

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