My garlic turned BLUE!!!

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pinkukulele
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My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby pinkukulele » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:12 pm

Hello everybody!

Today I've been busy preparing some zucchinis for pickling. They're salted and sitting in a colander in my kitchen sink right now.

I prepared the pickling liquid (mix of malt vinegar, white vinegar and sugar) and started cooking it, and added some whole cloves of garlic. Part way through warming it, I had to put my toddler to bed so I turned it off and put her down for her nap. After pottering around a bit I came back to my liquid, and the garlic cloves had all turned BLUE in patches! Generally in the area where they had been bruised when I crushed them to peel them.

Eek! I've tipped out the liquid and started again, without garlic.

Has anybody experienced this? Does anybody have any clue as to what might have caused it? I was wanting whole garlic cloves in with my zucchinis, is this not possible (well not possible with the garlic that I have, is it contaminated somehow?)?

I'd really appreciate some advice! Thanks! :)

pinkukulele
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Re: My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby pinkukulele » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:17 pm

Hmmm. Google has told me that it's a common reaction when mixing garlic with vinegar (something to do with sulphur compounds in the garlic, apparently). So, does anybody have some tips on how to pickle garlic and have it not turn blue?

I've had whole garlic cloves in chutneys before and they never turned blue - perhaps because they were cooked?

Any advice appreciated! :)

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Re: My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby minnie » Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:04 am

Is it Chinese garlic?

I had chinese garlic turn blue some time back and I know one of the Australian companies that do jars of garlic had problems with some Chinese garlic... I only buy Australian grown garlic now, nothing imported.

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Vicki

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Re: My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:02 pm

Yes I have had garlic turn blue in the past and it is to do with sulphur. Bought garlic is sprayed with sulpher in much the same ways as dried fruit is done. I grow my own garlic nowadays so do not seem to have this problem any more.

Kathleen
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Re: My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby minnie » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:07 am

Hi Kathleen,

The chinese garlic is very white, is it a sulphur spray that would make it white?

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Vicki

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Re: My garlic turned BLUE!!!

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:56 pm

I really don't know, sorry Vicki.

Kathleen
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
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