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    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 22nd Jul 05, 8:53 PM
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    Onions & garlic
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 8:53 PM
    Onions & garlic 22nd Jul 05 at 8:53 PM
    I was given a 10kg SACK(!!) of onions and a bag of 24 bulbs of garlic.

    Used about 4 1/2 kg of onions and 3 bulbs of garlic to do a mamouth load of Curry_Queens curry sauce (22 portions). Freezer is now full.

    But what do i do with 5kg of onions and another 21 bulbs of garlic? How long do they keep for? I can;t even give this stuff away to neighbours!
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    French onion soup?
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    • By apprentice tycoon 22nd Jul 05, 9:03 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:03 PM
    You could roast some of the garlic bulbs whole -

    cut just the tip of the whole bulb off, so that you see the cloves inside, drizzle over some olive oil, herbs and black pepper. Sit it in a cup made from tin foil (keeps it upright) and bake it in a dish in a medium hot oven for 20 mins or so till soft.

    The cloves will squeeze out like toothpaste, you can spread this on french bread, it's very mild, or make a garlic cream sauce with some creme fraiche and a little chicken knorr

    Also you can make a mild garlic butter to freeze with these soft cloves beaten into soft butter - spread the roast garlic butter on a piece of baking parchment, chill, then cut into useable pieces, I cut one inch squares then freeze them in a bag. They can be put onto cooked veggies, jacket potatoes, or melted to brush a roasting chicken with etc
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    • By elona 22nd Jul 05, 9:05 PM
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    You could peel the garlic bulbs and put them in a glass jar then fill it with vinegar so you can keep the garlic to use when you need it.
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    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 22nd Jul 05, 9:07 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:07 PM
    the garlic butter idea sounds great - thanks
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 22nd Jul 05, 9:08 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:08 PM
    You could peel the garlic bulbs and put them in a glass jar then fill it with vinegar so you can keep the garlic to use when you need it.
    by elona

    what kind of vinegar do you use please?
  • Ted_Hutchinson
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:11 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:11 PM
    But what do i do with 5kg of onions and another 21 bulbs of garlic? How long do they keep for? I can;t even give this stuff away to neighbours!
    by Zziggi
    Providing you keep them cool airy place out of bright light they should keep for several months so there should be no need to freeze them.

    I always buy onions by the net and have never had any problem with them going off. Same goes with the garlic. If you think about it the onion harvest is only once a year so most of the onions you buy will have been stored. If you grow your own you dry off the onions after they have matured and string them up to keep them through the winter. So really there should be no need for panic measures.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 22nd Jul 05, 9:50 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:50 PM
    I've just posted info on a thread about storage in the latest carrot thread. I'm sure that link will help you with storage of your onions and garlic too
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:53 PM
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    • 22nd Jul 05, 9:53 PM
    I freeze my onions and garlic so they don't go off but if your freezer is full and you don't want to cook them then give them to a neighbour.
    • jordylass
    • By jordylass 23rd Jul 05, 9:35 AM
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    Onion Marmalade is delish with cheese, and easy to make, onions, brown sugar, balsmic vinegar, lemon juice, red wine or sherry.
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  • cymro1170
    You could always plant the individual garlic cloves and get a bumper crop to sell - very easy to do - harvest them in December - can't remember when you plant them!

    You can tell when they're ready as the tops of the leaves turn yellow!
  • Gingham Ribbon
    Also, if you make your own pizzas or pasta sauces, you could make a large pan of basic tomato sauce. Just gently fry plenty of finely chopped onion and garlic then add a few tins of tomatoes and let it reduce. You can add herbs now or later depending on if they're fresh or dried. Freeze in small portions.

    You can add this to mince (if you eat meat) to make a bolognaise or to veg as a pasta sauce. It's also really nice with a bit of grated ginger and chopped coriander. (Honestly!) And it's lovely on pizzas. (We buy Tesco and Morrison's value bases and add our own toppings.)

    I'm keen to try growing my own garlic as we put it in EVERYTHING! (Good job hubbie likes it too!)
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    caramlised onion tart?
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    • JoBatch80
    • By JoBatch80 23rd Jul 05, 5:08 PM
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    I'm keen to try growing my own garlic as we put it in EVERYTHING! (Good job hubbie likes it too!)
    by Gingham Ribbon
    I planted mine about a month ago, and its about a foot and a half tall (althought the cat keeps trying to kill it - finds it an amusing toy!) already! Awesome to watch grow they are.

    We use loads too. And red onions. I intend to grow my own as im sick and tired of running out!

    Jo xx
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    Wow! 2 for the price of 1! Cat toy AND healthy food. Now that IS a bargain.
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 23rd Jul 05, 10:45 PM
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    I planted mine about a month ago, and its about a foot and a half tall (althought the cat keeps trying to kill it - finds it an amusing toy!) already! Awesome to watch grow they are.

    We use loads too. And red onions. I intend to grow my own as im sick and tired of running out!

    Jo xx
    by jw1096

    do you reckon it's too late to plant them now?
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 23rd Jul 05, 10:55 PM
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    . If you think about it the onion harvest is only once a year so most of the onions you buy will have been stored...... So really there should be no need for panic measures.
    by Ted_Hutchinson
    oh yeah. of course -logical. Was obviously having one of my 'blonde' moments.
    • JoBatch80
    • By JoBatch80 23rd Jul 05, 11:48 PM
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    do you reckon it's too late to plant them now?
    by Zziggi
    I wouldnt really know to be honest, I started my garlic off indoors though, as the weather has been unpredictable of late, either burning or throwing it down! The garlic appears pretty hardy, I guess it could be planted at any time, but as far as I can tell, dont get it too wet (my other bulb went mouldy because I overwatered it!!)

    Have no idea with onions though, I have a packet of about 100 seeds, so I might just plant a few and see what happens. My gardening tends to be a little haphazard to be honest, I dont really know what im doing and just chuck em in, water em, and then watch! My lemon trees are doing well, as is the garlic, and chives. The rosemary went kaput though. My next attempts at indoor gardening will be onions, peppers, and spring onions, who knows what'll happen!

    Gingham Ribbon - Wow! 2 for the price of 1! Cat toy AND healthy food. Now that IS a bargain.
    I know, cool huh!!

    Jo xx
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 24th Jul 05, 6:39 AM
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    do you reckon it's too late to plant them now?
    by Zziggi
    I started mine off just a couple of weeks ago, outside, plenty of sun and water and they're belting out of the ground at speed. I'd be inclined to risk it. You won't lose much if it doesn't work; and if they don't look very big as the weather begins to cool you could bring them indoors, let them dry out and start them again next year.
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  • Gingham Ribbon
    That's it. I've bought some organic garlic and I'm going to pot it today. I'll let you all know how we get on with it. I'm hoping our 3 cats enjoy it. They might lay off my chives!

    Good tip about over watering.
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