How much is a clove of garlic in teaspoons? (3 popular clove sizes)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How much is a clove of garlic in teaspoons?’. We will look at the number of teaspoons that we will get from different sizes of garlic. We also discuss some general facts about garlic. 

How much is a clove of garlic in teaspoons?

A small clove of garlic is equal to half teaspoons and, the big ones are equal to 1.5 teaspoons. Accordingly, a medium-sized clove will yield one rounded teaspoon of garlic.

Measuring garlic is easier if it is store-bought. However, if you decide to use whole cloves, you may need to work your way around the quantities of garlic that you need. Many reasons will make a person opt for whole, fresh garlic.

Why is garlic so popular?

Garlic is one of the most common flavoring agents. The distinct spicy and pungent flavor makes it an essential ingredient for many dishes.

Garlic releases sulfide compounds that are volatile. Volatile compounds contribute to the aroma that we add to our food.

The nutrients found in garlic are Selenium, Manganese, Vitamin B6, and copper.

The health benefits of garlic are not limited to controlling blood pressure, but research suggests that it protects from the common cold as well. Garlic also has antioxidants and the ability to lower cholesterol levels.

Are the yields different for chopped and minced garlic?

Minced and chopped garlic are both robust; however, the purpose and preference are the main reason for discrimination between the two.

There are variations among standards such as minced and chopped. The particle size of the mince will vary. For the sake of argument, the general assumptions are accepted.

One clove of garlic will yield half of teaspoon of minced garlic. If you need 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, you need 2 small cloves.

One clove of garlic will yield one teaspoon of chopped garlic. If you need 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic, you need 2 cloves.

What are a few things to know about garlic?

The entire garlic bulb is referred to as ‘head’ sometimes. The bulbs cling to a papery skin which engulfs the garlic head too. A plant of garlic bears one garlic bulb beneath the ground. 

A Garlic bulb starts as one whole which, then splits into anywhere from 5-10 cloves. The garlic head grows underground, where it multiplies into cloves with which we are familiar. 

The garlic clove is like an irregularly shaped pod with a rough root at one end with the other pointed end.

A clove can be as small as 1 inch; the longer ones can be up to 2.4 inches. The diameter is usually 1/2 inch for the smaller ones, while the big ones are 1 inch.

Usually, the garlic that we buy at the grocery store has 10-12 cloves. However, there are garlic varieties that can vary the number. The Hard Neck Garlic is capable of growing 30-40 cloves in one bulb. 

Even though it is botanically a vegetable, it is used as a herb or a spice by most people. 

Other FAQs about Garlic which you may be interested in.

How much dried minced garlic yields from a clove?

What are the yields for small, medium, and large-sized garlic cloves?

Small – Sized Cloves

A small-sized clove is equal to half teaspoons of minced garlic while chopped will be a little more than half teaspoons.

Medium- Sized Cloves

If you finely mince one medium clove, it will yield a little less than 1 teaspoon. 

One medium clove will yield 1 chopped teaspoon.

Large- Sized Cloves

A large clove of garlic is equal to 1 and a half teaspoons of dried garlic.  If you substitute with garlic powder, you need half teaspoons of garlic powder. 

2 large cloves of garlic are equal to 3 teaspoons of dried garlic.  If you substitute with garlic powder, you need one teaspoon of garlic powder.

How to decide the quantity of garlic you need?

Depending on the size and variety, you may find that excess garlic cloves may need to be put aside. Garlic has an overpowering flavor that acts as a flavor enhancer

Even though you may prefer to add a whole garlic clove or mince it up, it is available in its alternative forms. However, if you buy flakes or powder from the store, you can expect it to have a milder flavor profile. 

No recipe will ask you to use an entire garlic head. You will need a few cloves at most. Garlic has an overwhelming flavor and, for most foods that you cook, a pinch will be sufficient.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘How much is a clove of garlic in teaspoons?’. We looked at the number of teaspoons that we will get from different sizes of garlic. We also discussed some general facts about garlic. 

Citations

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/318840848606200806/#:~:text=A%20single%20clove%20of%20garlic,of%20garlic%20powder%20or…

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Garlic

https://www.howmuchisin.com/produce_converters/garlic

https://food52.com/blog/17852-the-controversial-cooking-question-that-over-1-million-people-have-wondered

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