Garlic is an absolutely essential ingredient in home cooking. It brings such an intensity of flavour, whilst complimenting and enhancing the natural flavours of the food you are cooking with. Previously, I was buying whole bulbs of fresh garlic from my local greengrocer's to add to my cooking, but I had a couple of problems with this.
Firstly, I found that I never managed to use the whole bulb, before it started sprouting green shoots and needed throwing away, which I think is wasteful. Secondly, I found that my fingers got really smelly when chopping the fresh garlic, and I couldn't get rid of the smell!
I was really glad, then, to discover Garlic Granules by Schwarz. This gives you the best of both worlds! The granules come in various containers. You can buy a 47g jar, a 2 refill box, or a 115g plastic container. Schwarz Garlic Granules cost £1.42 for a 47g jar, but are currently part of a 3 for 2 offer at Tesco.
The container is glass, with a green plastic flip lid. When you open the lid, you first have to remove a plastic layer of film, which is in place to prevent tampering and to keep the product fresh. The dispenser has very large holes, so you need to be careful when pouring it out, because it does pour rather than sprinkle.
The grains are a creamy white colour, the smae consitency as pepper. You get a lovely garlic smell when you open the jar. 1/4 of a teaspoon is the equivalent to one fresh clove, although personally, I like to add a little more to my cooking, because I don't think that this is quite as potent as a fresh bulb of garlic. It does have a huge advantage though, as it doesn't make your fingers smell.
Schwartz have a website at www.scwartz.co.uk, which has some really good recipe ideas for the granules, such as Onion and Chive Potato Gratin, Mixed Vegetable Curry, Beef and Olive Tagine, and Beef and Olive Casserole. Personally, I like to add it to homemade pasta sauce, or to sprinkle over pizza, as they advise on the jar. They also recommend mixing the granules with rosemary and sprinkling over roast potatoes, so I will try this next time I do some roasters!
Scwartz is a trusted brand, and the packaging bears the Royal Crest. I have never had any probems using their products, which seem to last for ages, making them excellent value. This is definitely a product that I would buy again, but I expect that my current jar will last a while yet! Meanwhile, I will be looking for lots of new ways to use this versatile ingredient.
I love garlic, but I resent buying fresh bulbs because not only does most of it ends up in the bin, but I find that the smell lingers on my fingers for hours and that the garlic press is difficult to clean.
I know I rant on about money saving in a lot of my reviews, but one of the reasons why I purchase pre-prepared garlic is to save a few pennies. I like making spag bols, chillis and curries from scratch and all of those items require garlic. However paying 60p for a garlic bulb every time you cook soon adds up and for around £1.50 you can purchase a 47g jar of Schwartz Garlic Granules that will last for around six months plus (depending on how often you cook).
On the jar it says that a quarter of a table spoon equates to one clove of fresh garlic. That may seem like a small amount of powder considering the intense taste of a clove of garlic, but this product is made from 100% dried garlic and nothing else has been added to it - so it's not surprising that the powder is strong.
The garlic itself is very fine, it looks like a powder and it is a creamy white colour.
Taste-wise I can't tell the difference between this and fresh garlic and I just love the convenience of the product.
However I do find the item a little wasteful - I haven't been able to find a refill, so I've been forced to throw the original glass bottle away and buy another one.
I recommend this product for anybody that likes to cook from scratch. It's a really handy product to have in the spice cupboard. It's just a shame that refills aren't readily available.
Four out of five stars.
Since Scarlet was born I have started to make home made food as much as possible for her and my partner. I am doing quite well I think but I am certainly no Gordon Ramsey.
I recently read a review on Schwartz Garlic Granules on Dooyoo which made the Granules sound so yummy and easy to use I thought 'ohh I will try them because I am far too lazy to peel and crush garlic cloves'. So on my weekly shopping trip I had Garlic on my mind.
After a long search I found the granules on the spices aisle and put them into my trolly. I couldn't wait to get home now to make something. I paid £1.69 for a 47g glass jar with a green lid which makes it easy to pour out the granules.
The jar itself is clear so you can see the contents and the granules are an off beige colour. The label on the jar is white ad green with the Schwartz logo in blue and a little grey label advises there is a new foil fresh seal on the jar.
As I have never actually used the granules before I thought I had better read the back for a bit of guidance. However all that is stated on the jar is as follows ~
Ideal for use in Italian Cooking.
Garlic is a versatile ingredient that can be used to complement all savoury dishes.
A quater of a teaspoon is equivalent to 1 fresh clove.
Why not try.....
Using to add flavour to Bolognese and other pasta sauces or mixing with rosemary and sprinkling over potatoes before roasting. Also great sprinkled on pizzas.
Oh damn it, I hate Bolognese so I am just going to have to make it up as I go along and add it to what I think will be nice. So the first thing I made was my own Garlic Bread.
For this I added half a teaspoon of the granules to a inch chunk of Morrisons blended butter. Once the garlic was completely mixed in, I then spread it over the halves of part baked rolls and baked in the oven for 7 minutes. As I wasn't quite ready to try my own invention just yet (just incase) I made it on our DVD night with friends.
I am a genius. I have never tasted Garlic Bread so nice in my whole life. It was not too greasy which I have found some Garlic Bread to be. I am not a big fan of shop bought Garlic Bread as I can find it far too greasy, with big bits of garlic in some places and none in others with the ends being so dry. But with this home made verision the garlic butter was spread so evenly there was no eye watering blasts of too much Garlic and certainly no dry, hard ends.
I have since used the granules in mashed potatoes, on pizza, in pasta bake and over Roasties. I am now off to see what else Schwartz have in their range for me to try before I turn into the Garlic Queen.
This is something that will always have a place in my kitchen cupboards.
I love garlic - I love it in everything, the stronger the better . I despise chopping it or crushing it though, simply because not only does it make me cry like a baby, but it also leaves my hands very pongy.
I've tried various pre-prepared garlics, from purees to the 'Very Lazy' minced garlic with varying degrees of success . One product I really do like is Schwartz Garlic Granules, which cost £1.41 for a 47g jar from Sainsburys . The jar handily tells us that 1/4 of a teaspoon is the equivalent of one glove of fresh garlic .
The garlic is in very fine granules - a little like salt, but finer, and a pale cream in colour. Looking at the back of the pack, I can see that this product is simply garlic with nothing at all added to it, dried and granulated .
I've used this quite a lot, stirred into various sauces, and even mixed in with a little butter to make garlic butter, and I have to say, out of all the pre-prepared garlics I have so far used, this is my absolute favourite. t comes with a lid with holes in for shaking into your cooking , and it doesn't clump in the jar unlike some other dried products I have used, but is still fine and powdery after being open for quite a while .
It does add plenty of flavour to food, and I actually find the amount specified on the packet as equal to one clove is about right, whereas with other products I felt I have had to use more to achieve the same results. It doesn't leave any graininess in food, and blends in well when cooking .
And best of all,no more tears and stinky hands.
The only disadvantage to this product is that I can't seem to easily find the refill bags for this . Most jar spices also sell refill packs that are much cheaper, but I can't seem to find them for this, meaning I'm going to have to shell out for a new jar each time . I have started to recycle the jars by mixing together favourite herbs though, so they are not getting wasted .
Overall, this is an excellent garlic product that tastes just as god as fresh garlic in cooking, but its much more convenient in that it saves time, tears, and smelly hands!
4 stars, one off for refills not being readily available .