November 18, 2023

How Many Cloves of Garlic in a Spoon

Garlic is a staple ingredient in many of our recipes. It comes in various forms from fresh to dried. We use it in its clove form as well as chopped, crushed, minced, powdered and even granulated. Generally when a recipe calls for garlic it is referring to its cloves but sometimes it refers to other forms like flakes or powdered garlic. Knowing how to convert between these different forms is important for ensuring your recipes turn out the right way.

When a recipe calls for teaspoons or tablespoons of garlic it usually referring to small culinary size cloves. These are the small cloves you would find in a bulb of garlic. Each bulb produces a few small cloves and they are all different sizes and shapes. So while there is a general clove to teaspoon or tablespoon ratio for cooking there are exceptions to this rule and it is always best to measure based on feel.

The amount of garlic in a tablespoon can vary greatly depending on how it is prepared. Chopping, mincing, and dicing will all produce different amounts of garlic in a tablespoon. The surface area of each kind of garlic also plays a role. This is why it is essential to know how much you can get out of each type of clove in order to properly adjust your recipe.

When a recipe calls for garlic paste it means the garlic has been pounded or blended into a concentrated form. It is most commonly used in sauces and soups. You can buy pre-made garlic paste at most grocery stores but it is very easy to make at home by crushing or chopping garlic cloves into a thick paste then grinding them in a food processor or mortar and pestle.


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