Top Pick Of The Week

May 28, 2013


Rabbit’s Garlic is pickled garlic in five flavors. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Pickled garlic cloves.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Five different flavors, each delicious.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great garnish and ingredient, very low in calories and a strong anti-carcinogen.


Pickled garlic cloves used as a canapé garnish: in front, mozzarella-tomato and a green bean; at rear, hummus and carrot. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

Garlic peanut brittle: a delicious surprise (made with regular, not pickled, garlic). Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


Rabbit’s Pickled Garlic: Garlic Is Glamorous!


We like garlic, but wouldn’t consider ourselves to be garlic lovers. Yet, we love Rabbit’s Garlic. The picked garlic is made in five flavors, each of which can be served at every meal from breakfast to dinner and snacks. We’re giving jars as Father’s Day gifts.

The creator is a Montana nurse named Bunny, called Rabbit by her husband. She had long been preserving fruits, meats and vegetables for family and friends until she was convinced to go commercial. Try her pickled garlic, and you’ll be glad she did!

When Bunny started to add garlic cloves to season jars of dilly beans, everyone started to fight over the garlic cloves. Thus the first flavor of pickled garlic was born: Spicy Dill. The line now includes:

  • Chipotle Pickled Garlic
  • Habanero Pickled Garlic
  • Habanero Dill Pickled Garlic
  • Smoke Pickled Garlic
  • Spicy Dill Pickled Garlic

Garlic has some important health benefits and is very low in calories, so consider these treats for regular home use and for gifting.

How To Enjoy Pickled Garlic

You’ll find many ways to use these delicious pickled garlic cloves. For starters:

  • Beer: Pop a clove into the bottle.
  • Bloody Mary or Martini: The Spicy Dill flavor is great as a Bloody Mary or Martini garnish.
  • Bruschetta: Mash the garlic cloves and spread on toasted bread.
  • Canapés: Use as a garnish atop a base of baguette slices or crackers, with your favorite fillings in-between (cheese, grilled  veggies, meats, seafood, spreads, etc.).
  • Eggs: In omelets and scrambles, in deviled eggs and as a garnish.
  • Garlic Butter & Garlic Bread: Mash the garlic cloves with softened butter. Use as a to spread or a compound butter (cook with it, dab it on cooked foods, etc.).
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: The smoke flavor is great for this. Mix sliced and smashed cloves into the mashed potatoes.
  • Marinade: Mash onto steaks and chops during grilling or add to the marinade for 1-2 hrs before cooking.
  • Meat Seasoning: Cut slits in the side of beef or pork roasts before cooking. The flavor is subtle but well worth trying.
  • Pasta & Pizza: Add to your favorite pasta sauces, or toss with the pasta. Use as a pizza topping.
  • Salads: Add cut up cloves to egg, chicken, green, potato, macaroni, tuna and other salads.
  • Sandwiches & Burgers: A memorable garnish.
  • Snack and Relish: Straight from the jar, or serve them like pickles or olives as a snack. A reason to revive the relish tray!

Bunny also sent us some garlic peanut brittle, made with her habanero pickled garlic. We tasted it gingerly; now we’re addicted! It isn’t listed for sale on the website (she sells it at afarmers markets). To get yours, use the Contact Us form on the website.


Garlic & Health

Garlic has the power to boost hydrogen sulfide production in humans. The leading theory is this is why a garlic-rich diet appears to protect against various cancers, including breast, prostate and colon cancer. Some experts also believe that a higher level of hydrogen sulfide may also protect the heart, according to other experts.

The effective level seems to be at least two medium-sized cloves per day. In countries with garlic-rich diets (China, Italy, Korea), per capita consumption is as high as eight to 12 cloves per day.

But it‘s easy to add garlic to every meal: in eggs, salads, dips like hummus. Read more about the study in The New York Times.

COOKING TIP: The study advises against cook garlic immediately after crushing or chopping it. To maximize the health benefits, crush the garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. This triggers an enzyme reaction that boosts the healthy compounds in the garlic.

For more information and to buy pickled garlic, visit the company website:


— Karen Hochman


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