Medicinal Pickled garlic


By Cheryl of Cheryl’s delights

I found this recipe in the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide .  If you do not have this book I suggest you look into getting it.  It is  full of wonderful information for home herbal uses.

According to Gladstar’s book, “Garlic is the herb of choice in treating colds, flu, sore throats and poor or sluggish digestion… makes a potent internal and external antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial agent effective for treating many types of infection.” That is some powerful stuff! There is much more information in the book, it is a wonderful addition to your homesteading or prepping library.

  • Peeled garlic cloves (enough to fill a jar)
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Raw Local Honey

Fill a mason jar with garlic cloves; use any size jar you like. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar to cover the garlic completely. Place the jar in a warm place for 3-4 weeks.
After 3-4 weeks, strain off the liquid(this is when you will add the honey). Set ½ the liquid aside to use as you wish.

Place ½ the liquid in a sauce pan and add an equal amount of raw honey.  Over VERY LOW heat; under 100F or 38C (as not to kill the good stuff in the cider and the honey), warm stirring until the is mixed in to the vinegar.   Pour this back over the garlic.  Allow this to sit for another 3-4 weeks in a cool dark place.  The pickled garlic should keep for a year.

Eat the garlic as you wish.  It is quite addictive.  When you eat one, for an unknown reason shortly after you will want another.  It is quite strange.  They are very tasty and offer all the benefits of fresh garlic without the slap in the face ya get from biting into a fresh clove!

I have had a few questions about garlic turning green or blue, this is a natural reaction. The garlic is perfectly fine, it just looks different.


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