Chop Your Own Damn Garlic!

Garlic doesn’t come in a jar.

Here are the ingredients in a jar of Gilroy Farms minced garlic: garlic, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, citric acid, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate

Here are the ingredients that should be in minced garlic: garlic.

Ever had a spoonful of potassium sorbate? Me neither. Want to try it? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t think it’s possible to avoid additives and preservatives altogether. All I’m saying is that when it comes to something as dead simple as buying a head of garlic, peeling off a few cloves and chopping them up, why would you want to consume them unnecessarily?

With a few easy-to-learn knife skills, you can have a clove of garlic peeled and chopped in just a few seconds more than it takes to pull the jar out of the fridge. The extra time is more than worth it when it comes to the flavour you get, and the preservatives you avoid.

And while we’re at it, lime juice comes from limes, not from plastic lime-shaped bottles. Fresh limes will cost you $0.50 each (or less) and keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Just buy a few and use them in your food as needed. An added benefit is that you’ll always have fresh limes on hand to toss in your drinks.

Bottom line: fresh is always best.


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