We use fresh garlic as the taste is so much better! I try and avoid imported garlic and try to grow enough of my own to last the year. If you have cold symptoms coming on, then eat a few whole cloves of garlic and knock it on the head!
I love garlic. I have used bottled garlic but find the taste lacking. There are bags of peeled garlic available but I have not tried them; they would probably need refrigerating. When I make pesto or hummus I use lots because I like it raw. I do cook with it and try to never run out. Imagine my disappointment when I went to use the last head and it was rotten!
AT Last! Aldi had fresh (?) Australian garlic yesterday, when we did our food shopping! I don't think I've ever seen Australian garlic sold in Aldi before, even though I was always looking for it, when we did our weekly food shop there. Wonders will never cease! It's usually from China, Mexico, or some other place!
I think I'll buy more of it, & bottle it in oil so I have it on standby! I used to buy ginger & bottle it into a small jar of sherry, now I buy a big nob of it, put it into a paper bag, & freeze it until I need it for a recipe. It will last for years that way, so it never goes off.
Sriv, I guess that means you don't eat cereal for breakfast, or sandwiches for lunch?! I've never tasted garlic ice-cream or garlic cheesecake. In fact I can't think of any desserts that have garlic in them. or perhaps you don't like any desserts. I wish I didn't.
I only use fresh garlic for cooking and salads. I find chopping it up is great, but putting it through a garlic press really brings out the flavor. When it it bottled, it loses all of its medicinal properties.