“ Type: Sauces „
I have recently been using a lot of garlic and some of the recipes that I use contain garlic and I usually buy the cloves and I recently was given a recipe for a casserole from a friend and I loved it so much, I have made it quite a few times in the past month or so, and especially with the weather becoming much colder, the casseroles are a good food for me to eat with lots of vegetable content, to keep my immune system good.
I decided since I was going to be using a lot of garlic, that I would buy the paste instead of the cloves as it would last so much longer, and I have used this paste in the past and found it to be very good quality and an excellent taste.
It comes in a box and inside it is a tube, with a screw off top, inside it is a thick, creamy paste, that can easily be squeezed from the tube to place onto a spoon or it can be just squeezed into the pan or wherever it is being used.
The texture of the paste is quite thick and it does have quite a strong smell to it, it is a white colour and very soft and smooth, it also is a little oily but not too much so that it tastes that way, it is hardly noticeable once it is in the food to be cooked.
It is priced at 63p for 90g, and the tube does last some time and it keeps nice and fresh once the top is placed back onto the tube, the taste is quite strong in the food and I cannot taste the difference with this one to the cloves, and I use it to make curry's and I squeeze a tiny bit into cottage cheese or cream cheese to give it that extra kick on crackers or rice cakes and I love it eaten this way on Ritz crackers, absolutely delicious, but I only use half a teaspoon in cream cheese as the flavour is strong, even with this small amount and the taste is a very good one too, it in my opinion is the same as cloves, and garlic is either a food you hate or one you love, I just love garlic and so this one is ideal for my taste buds.
With this paste only approximately half an inch or a teaspoon is equivalent to 1 clove of garlic, and I find this one so convenient to use as it is just a quick squeeze and it is in the food, and no preparation is needed and so it can save me a lot of time and it does mean I do not have to chop the gloves and have the smell on my fingers etc, this one is so convenient for me.
I have used this when I have made bread and it works perfectly and I have used it in my bread making machine and added it when I have placed the water in the machine along with all the other ingredients and done this way it makes tasty garlic bread.
Per 100g it contains 391 calories, and 41.3g of fat, and so although the fat content is quite high with this one, it is a fraction being used for the dishes and so not too bad an amount.
I highly recommend this paste for anyone who loves garlic but do not like the preparation and chopping of cloves and for the convenience and it is excellent value for money and worth the money and I will continue to buy it as I am very happy with the taste it gives for my cooking dishes and I just love garlic but just do not kiss me after I have cooked with this puree lol.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
I am a big fan of garlic in cooking, and fortunately so is my girlfriend! We tend to use fresh garlic whenever we can but there are times when we've either run out or the garlic we've forgotten about that has been sitting in the fridge for weeks has started to sprout.
At times like these we are very pleased to have a backup, Garlic Puree!
As the name suggests (or rather, tells you in a very direct way) this is product is a puree of garlic, in oil, which can be used in place of fresh garlic.
The puree comes in a tube just like the tubes of Tomato Puree you can buy, though this tube is smaller, maybe half the size. This is not a problem though as you don't need anywhere near the quantities of this that you would use of Tomato.
The puree simply squeezes out of the tube as a paste and is easily measure with a teaspoon or whatever takes your fancy.
Not having the puree in front of me as I type, I seem to remember that one teaspoon is eqivalent to one clove or garlic (I will update that if incorrect).
When using this product to flavour sauces etc, the oil based nature of it , helps to get it mixed into the sauce nicely but is not so oily as tomake any sauce oily.
The garlic flavour given by using this product is really rather good, Ok it's not quite so nice as fresh garlic but it is not far off!
Using the puree with a little butter makes a great garlic butter for use on garlic bread etc and again gives a great flavour.
There is one benefit over using fresh garlic...the fact that you won't get garlic smelling fingers from peeling and chopping fresh garlic! Also, it keeps ok in the fridge for several weeks, certainly longer than the fresh garlic you forgot you bought several weeks ago!
If I had to criticise this product, the only thing I could really say is that the puree is not actually all that fine, which is not normally a problem but if you were looking for a really fine paste this would need extra work to make it finer.
Overall, a great product to keep in the cupboard or fridge as a backup!
Before getting stuck into this review I must point out that this product is not produced for Sainsbury's at all. It is sold in Sainsburys which is actually where I got mine from but it isn't exclusive to them and is stocked in many places! I'm so glad we cleared that up!
So why buy it? Well it's squeezy garlic of course and can be used in all the usual recipes you would normally use real garlic in. It's simply a convenient alternative!
Oblong box and on two sides of it it's white and bright green in colour and I'm told it is Gia 'Italian For Flavour' Garlic Puree 'In vegetable oil...your daily squeeze' and the weight is stated which is 90g and there is a photograph of some garlic on there. On another side of the box again I'm told what it is and then on another side of the box other information includes telling me a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, energy advice is given and contact details for Gia are are listed. The tube is squeezy and is in keeping with the box style wise and gives me much the same information on it. All round it's decent looking packaging.
A Bit About The Product According To The Packaging:
Gia garlic is produced to a unique formula based on an authentic Italian recipe. Careful handling retains the full fragrance and unique taste of garlic.
Use Gia garlic and save yourself the fiddle and mess of skinning and crushing cloves of garlic.
Incredibly easy to use this is but there are no guidelines written anywhere on it as to how much of this you need to use per real clove of garlic type of thing, so I've worked how out how much to use of this product through trial and error and your best bet is to add a little, keep tasting and to keep tasting it until you get the strength you desire. It can be tricky though because taste-buds through tasting dishes can become immune to the intensity of the flavour and you only know if you've added to much when your house stinks and other people think the dish is too strong lol.
As a guideline though I have found that one level teaspoon equates to a decent sized real clove of garlic and I add this to spaghetti bolognaise, lasagna, curries and have smeared it on bread to make garlic bread and I think this is truly a brilliant way of using garlic now.
The off white paste is slightly oily though said oil doesn't separate from the paste and just means it's easy to get out of the tube. It's slightly textured, leaves the tube with ease and smells incredibly garlicky. Like I say I now measure out the amount I need as a guideline and I sort of know by eye what I'm doing!
It blends into cooking with ease and that's it. It adds a rich garlic taste and doesn't add anything else such as sweetening the dish or salting it or anything (though if you taste the product out of the tube it is rather salty but loses that through cooking it out). The only thing the oil does it helps it blend easily and I find that I don't need to consider the oil content in my cooking at all it just dissolves into the food.
It's easy to store as well so you always have garlic in the house and it says on the packaging to store it in a cool place but I store mine in the fridge. A tube this size even with a lot of usage would last the average person months and the use by date on the product is at least a couple of years!
This is a must have in my humble opinion. Why bother messing about with garlic when you can have it tasting fresh and ready to use immediately. Never again will I buy fresh garlic as I feel it's completely pointless nowadays!
This is available to purchase in many places costing around 62p a tube.
This product is great! My garlic crusher got nicked when I was in halls and the replacement I bought fell apart the first time I used it so garlic purée has served me well since then!
It's really convenient to use - you just squeeze out as much as you need, like with tomato purée. You don't need a crusher so it saves on money and on washing up. And you don't get garlicky fingers from chopping up the garlic either.
It also saves money because one of these packets lasts for ever and, cheap as garlic is, it is much cheaper to buy this than to buy the equivalent quantity of garlic bulbs.
Something that I find particularly helpful, because I share a fridge with my housemates and I feel guilty about taking up too much space, is that you can store it in the cupboard once opened. I didn't expect to be able to do this as with tomato purée it needs refridgerating once opened, but you don't need to do that with this.
The only downside I see is that it's quite hard to squeeze only a tiny bit out - you end up needing to scrape it off the tube with something, either the edge of the pan, or a knife or something. But that's really a minor issue.
A suggestion that my housemate gave me a couple of years ago which may not be for everyone is that for a snack when you don't have time to eat properly, instead of just making cheese on toast, after you've put the sliced cheese on, spread a v. thin layer of garlic purée, then a layer of tomato purée. Just peps it up a bit with very little extra effort on your part.
But aside from that, it's really useful in "real" food, particularly when I'm making stir-fries or sauces or anything Italian.
And of course it is worth noting as I said in the title that this isn't a Sainsbury's product: it was obviously entered in incorrectly in the dooyoo catalogue.
COST: 89p (@ 7.10.08) per 90g tube
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
Garlic (55%), sunflower oil, salt, preservative (E224)
(Manufactured in Italy by the company GIA SRL)
Though this is claimed to be "Sainsburys Garlic Puree In Oil" on their website, there is nothing on the box which shows it to be a Sainsbury's brand, e.g. no sign of their trading logo.
This garlic puree can be found in Sainsburys in the section that sells herbs, vinegars, oils, cooking sauces etc. It comes in a long, rectangular green and white box which bears the GIA trademark on the left-hand side, the words "Garlic Puree" in green stencil-effect letters in the middle, and to the right hand side of the box, there is an image of two heads of garlic. A small green strip running vertically along the bottom of the box shows (in white letters) the weight of the product, and the words "In vegetable oil, your daily squeeze". The next horizontal section of the box is an exact repeat of that just described, the third section gives the same information but differently arranged on a solid green background, and the back of the box gives all the nutritional information, together with storage instructions, suggestions for use, and manufacturer's details.
Inside of the box is a tube, of the same design as a toothpaste tube. The colouring and lettering is the same as on the box, and on unscrewing the white tube cap, there is a safety seal made of stiffened foil, which needs to be pierced to get to the product.
The garlic puree inside the tube is an off-white colour, a little glutinous in consistency, and gives off a medium garlic smell. This garlic puree can be added to all sorts of dishes....curries, chilli, recipes involving wine/garlic sauces....etc. Though no information is given on the pack or on the tube as to how much to use and what amount of the puree is equivalent to one crushed garlic clove, I find that about half a teaspoonful gives an approximate flavour of one medium-sized fresh garlic clove.
This is a wonderful invention - gooey garlic in a tube. It's very convenient to use, saves all the problem of peeling and chopping/crushing fresh garlic, and any difference in taste is virtually imperceptible. My own opinion is though, that for authenticity, wine/garlic sauces are better made with fresh garlic.
The dish I cook most of all that requires garlic is curry, and for that, I always use garlic in a tube (Sainsburys/GIA). I find it isn't necessary to fry the garlic paste like you would have to when using fresh garlic - I just add it with tinned tomatoes, after the onions and spices have been browned off.
Sainsburys/GIA garlic paste makes great garlic bread. Just mix a little (about half to 2/3rds of a teaspoon of it for each French loaf used) with butter and chopped fresh or dried parsley - spread liberally over the surface of the bread, and bake in a pre heated very hot oven for about 5 minutes. Mmmmm!
This is a very economical way of using garlic and though the taste isn't 100% identical to fresh, I'd give it around a 98% similarity rating. One tube lasts for ages, and pro rata, I'd estimate works out at approximately 70% cheaper than using fresh garlic.
A great product which in my opinion is a must for everyone's store cupboard - but, once the seal on the tube is broken, it should be kept in the fridge. Ten out of ten!!!!
Note: This product isn't exclusive to Sainsburys.
Great for spreading on breads, mixing in sauces or zipping up your meat casserole dish.