How do I know how much garlic to use in a recipe when the sizes of the cloves vary?

 

 I can never decide how many garlic cloves to use because they are all such different sizes. If a recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, but my garlic is huge, should I still use two cloves? 

Here's a handy guideline for you: two cloves of garlic, when chopped or minced, should equal 1 teaspoon.

See my previous posts on using a garlic press and bottled garlic. While I believe that nothing beats fresh, when the garlic is a seasoning and not a major source of the flavor of the dish, the bottled makes a decent short-cut.

If you're a garlic fan, see 7 Ways with Garlicand our collection of Vampire-Proof Dishes and check out our video with some tips for peeling and mincing garlic.

Marge Perry

October 2010