How to Make Garlic Extract with High-Proof Alcohol

How to Make Garlic Extract with High-Proof Alcohol

How to Make Garlic Extract with High-Proof Alcohol

Difficulty Level: Easy
Total Time Needed: 2-3 weeks (with minimal active time)

Garlic extract is a powerful, versatile ingredient known for its health benefits and culinary uses. Using high-proof alcohol (96% ABV or higher), you can make a potent garlic extract at home. Optionally, use the NOIDS Herb Cooker to reduce the alcohol content and increase potency. The cooker can recollect and reuse the alcohol, making the process efficient and cost-effective. Here’s a simple guide to help you create your own garlic extract.

Why Make Garlic Extract?

  • Boosts Immunity: Garlic has strong antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
  • Enhances Flavor: Adds a rich, savory taste to dishes.
  • Health Benefits: Supports heart health, reduces inflammation, and more.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5-10 fresh garlic cloves
  • High-proof alcohol (96% ABV or higher)
  • A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • A fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • A dark glass bottle for storage
  • NOIDS Herb Cooker (optional, for extra potency)

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Prepare the Garlic

  • Peel the Garlic: Remove the outer skins from the garlic cloves.
  • Crush the Garlic: Lightly crush the garlic cloves with the flat side of a knife to release the juices and oils. You can also use a mixer. 

2. Place Garlic in the Jar

  • Add to Jar: Place the crushed garlic cloves into the glass jar.
  • Cover with Alcohol: Pour enough high-proof alcohol over the garlic to completely cover it. Ensure all pieces are submerged to prevent mold growth.

3. Seal and Store

  • Seal the Jar: Close the jar tightly with a lid.
  • Store: Place the jar in a cool, dark place. Let it sit for about 2-3 weeks. Shake the jar gently every few days to aid in the extraction process.

4. Strain the Extract

  • Strain the Mixture: After 2-3 weeks, strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a clean bowl. Press the garlic solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • Bottle the Extract: Pour the strained garlic extract into a dark glass bottle to protect it from light, which can degrade the potency. Store it in a cool, dark place.

Optional Step: Using the NOIDS Herb Cooker for Extra Potency

  • Evaporation Function: To make the garlic extract tincture extra potent, use the NOIDS Herb Cooker. After straining the mixture, run the Evaporation function on the NOIDS Herb Cooker to reduce the alcohol content. This will concentrate the garlic compounds, making the tincture stronger.
  • Recollecting Alcohol: The NOIDS Herb Cooker can also recollect the evaporated alcohol for reuse, making the process extra-safe and cost-effective.

Tips and Hacks:

Tip 1: Use Fresh Garlic Fresh garlic cloves provide the best flavor and health benefits. Avoid using pre-minced or bottled garlic.

Tip 2: High-Proof Alcohol Using high-proof alcohol ensures a potent extract. The higher the alcohol content, the more effective the extraction process.

Tip 3: Proper Storage Store the garlic extract in a dark glass bottle to protect it from light and maintain its potency. Always label the bottle with the date and contents.

Tip 4: Dosage For health benefits, take 1-2 teaspoons of the garlic extract daily. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Uses for Garlic Extract:

  • Culinary: Add to soups, sauces, and marinades for a burst of flavor.
  • Medicinal: Take daily to boost immunity and support overall health.
  • Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to skin to treat infections.

Conclusion

Making garlic extract with high-proof alcohol at home is easy, fun, and highly rewarding. With these simple steps and handy tips, you can create a powerful, immune-boosting extract that enhances your health and culinary creations.

Enjoy your homemade garlic extract and stay healthy! 🌿🧄🍶