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How much minced garlic equals one clove?

I have a jar of pre-minced garlic in the fridge, but am not sure how much of that would equate to one clove of garlic.

asked by Sean,Murray over 4 years ago
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added over 4 years ago

About 1/4 teaspoon. It should should say on jar

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added over 4 years ago

If you look on the lid the conversion is usually located there.

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added over 4 years ago

Cloves of garlic can range in size from half a teaspoon, to half a tablespoon, and up to a tablespoon i'd say.
The decision is yours how much garlic to add, if you like garlic go a little heavier on it, otherwise stick to about teaspoon depending on the recipe.
I also reccomend mincing your own fresh garlic. If you dont want to chop it fresh every time, I have a solution. Here at Wholefoods, we sell whole peeled fresh garlic cloves and every week i throw them in my food processor to mince it and put it right back in the same container and use that all week. That way everytime i need garlic, i just grab a spoonful out of it. Sometimes I'll add a little olive oil to it to make it it last longer. Hope that helps!

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added over 4 years ago

I have frozen chopped garlic, and it says on the pack that a teaspoon is the equivalent of one clove. Per minced rather than chopped might be a bit less than that I guess, but not by much.

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added over 3 years ago

My jar says 1/2 tsp= 1 clove. Depends how finely chopped it is.

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added over 3 years ago

I've always considered "clove" to be a useless measurement. Look at the variation on this page -- anywhere from 1/4 tsp. to 1 Tbs., that's a variation of 1200%

I use the conversion of 1 clove = 1 tsp. I believe Cook's Illustrated does the same.

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added almost 3 years ago

I always add garlic according to my taste and what seems right, but I agree its probably about a 1/2 teaspoon. I'd also say that if you have the option to use fresh garlic, I would. The taste is significantly better.

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added over 2 years ago

Most cloves are different sizes! A teaspoon would be a sufficient guide per recipe listing of "clove". Unless your taste buds disagree.

This can also depend on how much you like or dislike garlic. I love it. So a tsp for me would become a tbsp!!

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added over 2 years ago

I think it's about 1/4 a teaspoon or one full teaspoon

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added over 2 years ago

I always go with two tsp is one clove... But then again when I cook and it says "add two cloves garlic" I always like to add a few more for good measure because I love garlic!

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added about 2 years ago

The jar says 1/2 a teaspoon equals on clove.

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added about 2 years ago

You can never have to much garlic.

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added almost 2 years ago

The ONLY correct answer is
However much you want it to be. There is almost no such thing as too much garlic

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added 8 months ago

OK, people. Are u ready for this?? How about taking a spoon from the silverware drawer...and filling it with minced garlic. That, my friends, is a teaspoon of minced garlic!! How lazy have we become?!

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added 8 months ago

I don't think you read the question correctly.

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added 4 months ago

Obviously some of us have become too lazy to read every word in a question before getting snarky about being too lazy to measure out "how much is a teaspoon of minced garlic?"
Unless I misread the question (which I doubt since the reason I'm in here in the first place is because I had the same question) & everyone but you also misread it, the question was "how much minced garlic equals 1 garlic clove?"
Also I'm not a pro chef but I do consider myself a pretty good cook & can follow any recipe, but I had to point out that even if the original question had been along the lines of "how much minced garlic is in a teaspoon?" Your answer is still wrong bc not all spoons in your flatware drawer are actually exact teaspoons or tablespoons. Your answer should have been to use a measuring spoon. But again since that wasn't even the question at hand you probably should have just kept your snotty reply to yourself.
Unless of course your entire purpose in answering was to teach ppl what "irony" is.

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added 4 months ago

Obviously some of us have become too lazy to read every word in a question before getting snarky about being too lazy to measure out "how much is a teaspoon of minced garlic?"
Unless I misread the question (which I doubt since the reason I'm in here in the first place is because I had the same question) & everyone but you also misread it, the question was "how much minced garlic equals 1 garlic clove?"
Also I'm not a pro chef but I do consider myself a pretty good cook & can follow any recipe, but I had to point out that even if the original question had been along the lines of "how much minced garlic is in a teaspoon?" Your answer is still wrong bc not all spoons in your flatware drawer are actually exact teaspoons or tablespoons. Your answer should have been to use a measuring spoon. But again since that wasn't even the question at hand you probably should have just kept your snotty reply to yourself.
Unless of course your entire purpose in answering was to teach ppl what "irony" is.

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added 4 months ago

I'm not sure why my reply is shown twice but maybe my phone is adamant about it?
Lol

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added 8 months ago

It is usually 1/2 teaspoon

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added 8 months ago

Recipe writing is an inexact process, especially if you want to keep it short enough that anyone will read it. They're full of things like cloves of garlic, half onions etc. that you just have to guess at an average sized piece of garlic. Then there are things like "a cup of basil leaves" that could be anything from two leaves to a quarter pound, or the notorious "cup of flour" that depends entirely on how you measure it. Sometimes, you just have to fall back on your own taste and experience.

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added 4 months ago

You will never get the flavor of fresh garlic from a jar, so, there is no equivalent.

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added 2 months ago

Wow, I came to this thread because I did meal planning and prep and I require about 13 cloves of garlic this week. I decided to do it all at once today since it is a busy week, and was wondering what the rough equivalent in teaspoons, a clove of garlic was. I read through all the snark and now I have my answer. Yes, fresh garlic is best. Applause to anyone that is trying to be a better home chef, no matter what kind of garlic you are using.