Fermented garlic in honey is a delicious and easy immune booster that can be made easily at home. The fermentation process not only creates a unique flavor to the garlic but also preserves it.
There are so many amazing things that can be made with garlic. The opportunities to incorporate this mighty little bulb of health are endless! Read more about how we grow fresh garlic here on our farm. It is one of our kitchen staples and if the kitchen isn’t a smell of chocolate chip cookies then it’s garlic!
Fermented honey garlic is a delicious and simple immune-booster that can be made easily at home. The fermentation process not only imparts a unique flavor to the garlic but also preserves it. Here’s a simple recipe to make fermented garlic in honey:
Prepare the Garlic
Sterilize the Jar
Add Optional Herbs/Spices (optional)
Pour Honey Over the Garlic
Bubbles and Fermentation
I use one of my favorite glass weights to keep the garlic submerged in order to prevent spoilage. When you use fermented garlic, make sure to use clean utensils to avoid introducing contaminants into the jar. Fermentation times can vary depending on the temperature and other factors, so you can taste it periodically to check its flavor. I let ours sit on a glass plate in our pantry where it’s cool and dark and easy to peek in on.
Once fermentation is done, and you like the taste of your garlic, find an air-tight lid to secure your new fermented garlic in honey.
Fermented garlic in honey combines the potential benefits of both garlic and honey while also offering unique properties created through the fermentation process. Here are some of the potential benefits:
Both garlic and honey have antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. Garlic contains allicin, a compound known for its potential to support the immune system, while honey has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Garlic and honey both possess anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming this combination may help reduce inflammation in the body.
Garlic is known for its potential to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol levels. Honey, particularly when used in moderation, may also have cardiovascular benefits.
Fermentation can make the compounds in garlic more digestible and less likely to cause digestive discomfort. It can also contribute to a healthier gut microbiome.
Both garlic and honey are rich in antioxidants that can help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Garlic has been used traditionally to alleviate respiratory issues, such as coughs and colds. Honey’s soothing properties can complement this effect.
Cough and Sore Throat Relief
This is when we use our honied garlic most in our household. The combination of garlic and honey is often used as a natural remedy for soothing a sore throat or suppressing coughs.
Both garlic and honey have natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, making them effective in supporting the body’s defenses against infections.
Fermented garlic in honey can add a unique and delicious flavor to a variety of dishes, including salads, marinades, and dressings.
The fermentation process can help preserve garlic, making it last longer. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties also help prevent spoilage.
*It’s important to note that while fermented garlic in honey offers potential health benefits, individual responses may vary. Moderation is key.
I love to take a clove and smash it onto some buttered toast with a fork, smash it up into a soup or casserole, or use it like relish on a brat. But you can take a spoonful of the garlic (scoop out one clove) and eat it!
Remember that fermented garlic in honey has a sweet and savory taste with a milder garlic flavor due to the fermentation process. Start by using it in small quantities and adjust to your taste preferences.
The potential health benefits, flavor, and culinary uses make this a versatile and enjoyable addition to your diet. Add it to any recipe that you would normally add garlic to. I love making up a batch of this right before cold and flu season so I can make sure we have a jar of it on hand.
Here are some other ways to incorporate garlic honey into your meal.
Salads: Finely chop or mince a clove of fermented garlic and mix it into salad dressings for an extra burst of flavor.
Marinades: Use the garlic-infused honey as a marinade for meats, seafood, or vegetables. It can add depth and sweetness to your dishes.
Stir-Fries and Sauteed Dishes: Add a clove of minced fermented garlic to stir-fries or sautéed vegetables for an extra layer of flavor.
In Soups and Stews: Drop a clove or two of fermented garlic into soups and stews during the cooking process to infuse them with a sweet and savory taste.
As a Topping: Use it as a topping for pizza, pasta, or grilled foods, similar to how you might use roasted garlic.
Tea or Hot Water: Dissolve a small amount of the honey in a cup of hot water or herbal tea. It can be soothing and potentially beneficial for respiratory health.
As a Condiment: Use it as a condiment for dishes like tacos, burgers, sandwiches, or hot dogs.
Cold Remedies: If you have a sore throat or a cold, consider taking a teaspoon of the honey-garlic mixture to soothe your throat and potentially help with congestion.
Always use clean utensils when extracting the garlic or honey from the jar to prevent contamination, and store the jar in a cool, dark place to maintain its quality over time.
I always say everything in moderation. And while fermented garlic in honey can offer potential health benefits and is generally safe for most people, there are a few considerations and precautions to keep in mind.
Allergies: Ensure that you are not allergic to garlic or honey before consuming this mixture. Allergic reactions to either ingredient can range from mild to severe and may include symptoms like itching, swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing. If you have a known allergy to garlic or honey, avoid this preparation.
Moderation: While garlic is known for its health benefits, consuming excessive amounts of garlic in any form can lead to digestive discomfort, such as upset stomach, acid reflux, or flatulence. Start with small amounts and monitor your body’s response.
Garlic Breath: Garlic can cause strong breath odors. While the fermentation process may mellow the odor somewhat, be prepared for the possibility of garlic breath after consumption. 😉
Medication Interactions: If you’re taking medications or have underlying health conditions, consult with a healthcare professional. Garlic and honey can interact with certain medications, especially blood-thinning medications. It’s important to understand how these interactions might affect your health.
Fermentation Process: Be cautious about the quality of the fermentation. Make sure the garlic remains submerged in the honey throughout the process to prevent spoilage. If you see mold or detect an unusual odor, discard the mixture. Whenever I’m fermenting something I always use the rule ‘if it looks or smells bad, it probably is’ and then toss it out.
Storage: Store the jar in a cool, dark place to maintain the quality of the fermented garlic in honey. If you see signs of spoilage, such as bubbling or strange smells, it’s best to discard the entire batch.
Does it look or smell bad? If so, my general rule is to toss it out. Once fermentation is complete, seal your jar with a tight-fitting lid. Storing your honey garlic in a cool, dark spot and making sure the garlic is always completely submerged in the honey is key.
Typically, fermented garlic in honey can last for several months to over a year when stored properly. Some enthusiasts even claim it can last indefinitely if stored in optimal conditions. Over time, the flavors may change and intensify, but this doesn’t necessarily indicate spoilage. It’s common for honey to crystallize, but this is a natural process and doesn’t render the mixture unsafe to consume.
I always say, everything in moderation. But, before making significant dietary changes, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian who can provide personalized guidance based on your unique health needs and dietary preferences. Read more about this above!
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