One thing I always make, is my garlic for cooking.
I find it easier to have it readily available to add to whatever I'm cooking at the time, and I also don't like the store bought minced garlic, it has a weird taste to me.
This is so easy to throw together, takes but a few minutes and it cuts down on prep time when you are needing garlic for a specific recipe. I'm Portuguese, so garlic is pretty much in every single dish I make.
Garlic in Olive Oil
1 head of garlic
First thing you're going to do, and this is merely to make it easier to peel the garlic cloves, is to place them all in a bowl of water. Let them sit for about an hour. I do this first thing when I get home, and then let them sit while I get the groceries put away.
Peel the garlic cloves, you'll notice that the skin comes right off.
Next, chop them up finely. You can do it by hand, or pop them in a blender, I use my handy Pampered Chef Chopper.
Give them a really good chop, then transfer them to a small mason jar. Now the size of the jar will depend on the amount of garlic you have, I find that for one head of garlic, the small 4 oz. jar works fine.
To finish off, pour in some olive oil just until it covers the garlic. That's it!!!
Pop it in your fridge and it's ready to use.
It really is an easy way to have your own fresh minced garlic ready to use. If you want to make a larger amount, just use the same process, remembering to cover with olive oil to the top.