Two friends have asked me in the last few weeks how I braid garlic and onions. I happened to have a pile of garlic that I decided to braid this morning, and after I got started thought it would be a good chance to show how I do it, for those who were curious.
Start by fastening three heads together. I usually use string, but rubberbands were handier this morning, so that’s what I used this time.
Braid a few times, then start adding in another head with each braid.
Continue till it’s long enough, and then stop adding more. Braid a little farther without adding any, and then tie it off.
Here are my finished braids of this year’s skimpy crop (I think it was a combination of poor soil and not enough sunshine where we put it), and I’ll have the boys hang them in the food storage room later.
The softneck garlic I used to grow in Michigan was easier to braid, but I’ve learned that it’s possible with this hardneck garlic as well. When we want to use some, we’ll just cut or twist off a head.