Everyone loves garlic (well, almost everyone). The only trouble is, since raw garlic’s taste is too pronounced for most palates, most of us tend to fry it or roast it; in both cases, the result is delicious, however, most of the enzymes and nutrients found in the raw product are lost in the cooking process. Fermentation, on the other hand, allows you to enjoy garlic while preserving its tremendous nutritional value.
12 TO 14 HEADS OF GARLIC
4 CUPS (1 L) WATER
2 TBS (30 ML) COARSE SALT
2 BAY LEAVES
1 TBS (15 ML) HERBES DE
Prepare a brine solution by combining the 4 cups (1 L) of water and coarse salt.
Place the peeled garlic cloves in your Mortier Pilon fermentation jar.
Add the brine, bay leaves, and herbes de Provence. Make sure to leave 3⁄4 of an inch (2 centimeters) of headspace between the mixture and the rim of the jar.
Let the mixture ferment at room temperature, covered, for 1 month. Once the desired level of fermentation has been reached, refrigerate or serve