How many cloves of garlic are in a cup?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “how many cloves of garlic are in a cup?” and other queries related to this topic.

How many cloves of garlic are in a cup? 

Around 30 to 50 cloves of garlic are equal to 1 cup and around 12 to 13 cloves are equal to ¼ cup of garlic. Moreover, 1 minced garlic clove is equal to 1 teaspoon. However, the number of cloves in one head depends on the size of the garlic head. In addition, 3 to 5 heads are equal to 1 cup of garlic, we mean by head the entire garlic.

The head of garlic contains the cloves and it is covered with a papery skin. This skin is removed before the cloves are used. One head contains many cloves.

What is the difference between minced and chopped garlic?

The difference between minced and chopped garlic is the size. Chopped garlic is chopped and cut into large pieces when compared to the minced garlic. However, minced garlic is finely chopped into smaller pieces.

In addition, if you mince your garlic you need more quantity than when you chop them because 1 medium size minced garlic clove is equal to half a teaspoon whereas chopping the same amount of garlic will give you one full teaspoon.

Is minced garlic in a jar as good as fresh garlic?

Each one of them has some advantages and inconveniences, so no one is better than the other. First of all, regarding the advantages of the jar preserved minced garlic, using this minced garlic is very practical because it is ready to use in your recipe since you do not need to peel them before usage.

Furthermore, storing them in a jar will increase their shelf life and make them last longer than fresh garlic. But, to preserve them for a long time, preservatives are added making them processed and they might lose their benefits.

However, the fresh garlic preserves its fresh taste and is healthier because no additives are added to it. Hence, it needs more time to peel the garlic and mince it to be added to the recipe. Also, the shelf life of fresh garlic is short compared to jar preserved minced garlic.

How to peel garlic quickly?

There are many ways to peel garlic, and here are some ways to do it:

  • Use the knife method. Put your cloves on a surface and then press them with the knife and peel them.
  • Cut the garlic head in half then place the two halves upside down on a surface and smash them with the knife.
  • Remove the root of the garlic head, this will facilitate separating the cloves and peeling them.
  • Put the garlic cloves in a jar and shake it several times. Like that the skin will be peeled easily.
  • Soak the garlic cloves in hot water for 1 minute, and then peel them.
  • Put your garlic gloves in cold water in a microwave-safe container. Then place them in the microwave and turn it on for 1 minute and check on it every 30 seconds.

What are the substitutes for garlic?

In case you do not have fresh garlic or minced garlic in a consider using one of the following substitutions:

  • Garlic powder: ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to 1 clove of garlic. In addition, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of minced garlic with ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Garlic flakes or dehydrated garlic: ½ teaspoon of these garlic flakes can substitute for 1 clove of garlic.

Does garlic go bad?

Yes, fresh garlic can go bad. To tell that your fresh garlic is bad and not good to be used, the garlic color can change from white to yellow. The yellow color indicates that it is old. In addition, if you squeeze one clove it should be firm and not soft.

Moreover, to avoid garlic spoilage, store them in a dry and cool place and far from direct sunlight.  However, if you notice that your garlic is beginning to spoil, peel them and place them as minced cloves in the freezer, where they last for about 12 months.

What are the benefits of garlic?

Garlic has many health benefits due to a substance called allicin. Here are several benefits of garlic:

  • Reducing high blood pressure.
  • Improving your immunity system.
  • Reducing the blood cholesterol levels and your risk of developing heart diseases.
  • Helping in cancer prevention.
  • Preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Fighting infections due to its antibiotic effect.
  • Improving athletic performance.
  • Helping in body detoxification from heavy metals.


In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “how many cloves of garlic are in a cup?” and other queries related to this topic.

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.