I have an intense, if somewhat stinky, love affair with garlic. Fresh, roasted, braised, steamed…I will take it any way I can get it.
Even if it somewhat, uh, impedes romantic overtures.
I saw that you could make black garlic at home in a rice cooker, so I decided to give it a shot. With one small change – instead of using a rice cooker, I used my multi cooker – aka the electric pressure cooker that does everything – which allowed me to control the release vent, which I hoped would help with the angry garlic smell.
And trust me, it was so angry, it was like the hulk of all garlic.
The thing about black garlic really, is that it’s garlic that’s ever so slowly cooked, so that its sugars caramelise completely and gives you a sweeter finish than even roasted garlic. Commercially, it’s cooked at 60C for 30 days, but you can up the temperature, and shorten the time, which is where the rice cooker method comes in. The “Keep Warm” setting on rice cookers are sits at about 70C, meaning that you can create your black garlic at home in a scarce 9 days! Just chuck your whole heads of garlic into the rice cooker, shut the lid, and put it on keep warm. The rice cooker will do the rest.
So what happens when I use the multi-cooker?
What I learned:
- When you close the valve on the multi cooker, it pressurises the chamber, making the temperature rise. This means that it didn’t actually take 9 days for the garlic cloves to get to where they need to be.
- Rice cookers and electric multi cookers heat from the bottom and the sides, meaning that you need to rotate the garlic heads every few days, or the bottom ones get completely burnt and overdone.
- Sometimes, the cooker will try to turn itself off. Don’t let it!! Keep and eye on it and make sure that it’s on for the entire 9 days, or your experiment might go bust.
- Invest in scented candles, or make your peace with the smell of garlic. And warn everyone else in the house with you.
Otherwise, it was easy as pie, and tasty AF. I’ve got a long list of things I’d like to make with all my 1.6kg worth of black garlic, and I can’t wait to share it with you!! Stay tuned for the recipes to come, I promise!
Do you love black garlic? What’s your favourite thing to do with it? Let me know in the comments down below?