Fermented Garlic – how to attract a Vampire (maybe)
Lestat, Edward, Klaus, Angel and the Salvatore brothers… who are these men you might ask.
The Answer is sexy vampires!
I have a problem that extends well beyond my love of almost anything that airs on the CW network. I love vampires. I blame my Mother for this as her love (read obsession) with Anne Rice has no doubt influenced my tastes. I also blame my best friend who allowed herself to be carried away with me into the world of Twilight and Vampire Diaries as women in our early thirties instead of the tweens that they are aimed at. Maybe it is the fact that they never age (jealous) or that they maintain amazing night lives (not likely to happen after having kids) that makes them so alluring and maybe it is the downright good looks and frequent lack of shirts. Who knows…
What I do know is that I have another problem. I eat a lot of garlic. How am I supposed to attract a sexy vampire if I reek of garlic? After years of struggling with this very question (ok not really) I found the solution. Fermented garlic!
It is no secret that I am a food fermenter. I take my gut health seriously and fermented foods go a long way to balancing that. I also love the sour taste of most of them and so it is a win win. When I happened upon a big bag of garlic on clearance at my local Asian grocer, I remembered that I had seen a couple of recipes for fermented garlic in my fermentation circles and so I thought that I would give it a try.
Fermented garlic is milder than plain raw garlic. It still has the taste and crunch that you are looking for but without the bite (you can insert your own vampire joke here). You can definitely cook with it but it is good sliced up in salads as a late topping on pizza.
The most difficult or time consuming part of this whole things is peeling the garlic. There are a bunch of videos in Youtube to help out with this but I simply smashed the bulbs with my palm, threw them into a bowl and then sat down in front of the TV to watch the game. Once the cloves are separated from their skins, place them into a jar to await the brine.
For the brine, I used 20 grams of salt to 1 liter of water. Mix the salt into the water and stir it until it dissolves.Pour the brine over the garlic cloves and add a weight so that all of the cloves are submerged in the brine. I like to use another little jar for this. Cover the jars with muslin to keep critters out and leave it in a warm dark place for about a month. After a couple of weeks you can start to check on them and smell until you get what you are looking for.
Fingers crossed that if you are trying to attract yourself a handsome creature of the night, that this will do the trick or at least remove a serious deterrent.