Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roasting Garlic....and its benefits

I grew garlic this year...my heads were small, but they were full of flavor:

Roasting garlic is so simple.

Typically you would cut off the tip of the garlic head to expose the bulbs, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, and bake for about 45 min at 400'.

To give it a different flavor, I took this idea from another recipe (see this post).

I placed the garlic head in a small baking dish, covered it with a slice of bacon, cut in half, enough to cover the head, and roasted it for 45 minutes at 400'.

I squished out (new culinary term) the garlic, mixed it with 1 T butter and some crushed red pepper flakes and Florida Seasoned Pepper (from Hey Rose) ...

...to make a paste:

I cut 2 dinner rolls in half and spread the paste on each, put them under the broiler to toast...

...and we devoured the garlic bread with dinner!

Oh, and I ate the slice of bacon while preparing the paste :-)

Most people know that garlic keeps the vampires away, but it also has other benefits:

•Garlic lowers blood pressure (9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day.) 

•Garlic lowers LDL Cholesterol (9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day.) 

•Garlic helps reduce atherosclerotic buildup (plaque) within the arterial system. One recent study shows this effect to be greater in women than men. 

•Garlic lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar. 

•Garlic assists digestion, alleviating digestive disorders. 

•Garlic helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of strokes and thromboses (Hemophiliacs shouldn't use garlic.) 

•Garlic helps to prevent cancer, especially of the digestive system, prevents certain tumors from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumors. 

•Garlic may help to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body. 

•Raw Garlic is a potent natural antibiotic that works differently than modern antibiotics and kills some strains of bacteria, like staph, that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics. 

•Garlic has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. 

•Garlic illiminates yeast infections due to Candida species. (Women can insert a garlic clove into the vagina overnight and remove the next morning. Repeat nightly until the yeast infection is gone.)

•Garlic has anti-oxidant properties and is a source of selenium. 

•Crushed raw garlic can be used to kill bacteria and other tiny lifeforms such as E. coli in contaminated water when there is no other water available. Just crush it and let it wait as above and then mix it into a bottle of strained water and let set for an hour or two or overnight to have time to kill as many of the bacteria as possible.

•Garlic can be used on snake and insect bites. Crush it and rub directly into and around the marks.

•A way to use garlic on a stuffy nose, sore throat and infection that has gone into the lungs is to crush the small end of a clove and use it like a Vick's inhaler so you breathe the fumes through your nostrils. This will help clear the passages as well as fight the germs. Eating garlic is not enough, it has to get to the site of the infection as directly as possible and breathing it in takes it all the way into the lungs. Another way to do the same thing is to crush the garlic and wrap gauze, cheesecloth or thin fabric around it and breathe through the gauze to get the vapors into the lungs.

•If you get one of those massive brain-pounding toothaches and there's no dentist around, crushed raw garlic actually knocks out the infection and relieves pain.

•Taking a bath in garlic water will help aches, pains and flus. The healing properties are absorbed faster through the skin.

•Garlic kills many fungi on contact including athlete's foot fungus.

•Eating garlic gives the consumer an enhanced sense of well being - it makes you feel good just eating it. 

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Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Eating garlic prevents co-workers from getting 'in your face'....lol....a real benefit in some cases.

    That sounds like a great treat!!! We love garlic here, too. xo Diana

  2. Wow, I didn't know many of these health benefits for eating garlic. These are great! Thanks for sharing. You need the MacKenzie-Childs garlic baker!!! :D

  3. Your garlic recipe sounds really good. My husband loves garlic bread and so does my grandson. And, a lot more health benefits than I realized. I need to use more fresh garlic in the future.....

  4. Your paste sounded great, and I love garlic but Mr. P. won't eat it (imagine that!). But I must say, I would have to questions a few of those 'applications' for garlic. Let's just put it this way....I'll never know if some of them work or not, lol.

  5. How about the smell in the house while it's roasting??!! Ok, I have heard of most of the benefits of garlic but the description for using it for a yeast infection threw me!!

  6. Ask my sister about her recent visit to our home when she ended up with garlic breath :-) I told her how good garlic is for us!

  7. Thanks for providing good information,Thanks for your sharing.