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How To Braid Garlic – The Easy Way!

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Garlic braids can be beautiful things and something I have always wanted to do. But as my lacklustre attempts at braiding my daughter’s hair show, it is not something I am very good at.

But this easy method makes braiding garlic so simple even I can do it.

Why Braid Garlic

If you have never heard of a garlic braid before, then you may be wondering why you would do it.

The reasoning is simple, it is a very handy way to store and cure garlic, and they look good simultaneously.

When properly cured and then stored like this, fresh homegrown garlic can last for many months while being nice to look at.

And when you need a new bulb, you snip one off from the bottom of the braid.

The Easy Way To Braid Garlic

Start by laying two garlic bulbs across each other diagonally. Lay some twine behind them for the next step.

Lay your fist two garlic over some twine
Lay your fist two garlic over some twine

Then add your central bulb and tie the twine tightly.

Add the centre bulb and tie
Add the centre bulb and tie.

Now we will start adding all of our extra bulbs.

You want to repeat the pattern; I went right, left, and centre. You could go the other way, it doesn’t matter if you stick to it.

Add to the right but put the stem down the centre
Add to the right but put the stem down the centre.

Whenever you lay a new bulb into your braid, its stem needs to be down the centre.

Every time you add a new bulb, it becomes the central stem.

The bottom stem now comes over and becomes your new centre
The bottom stem now comes over and becomes your new centre

Now whichever stem is at the bottom is looped over, and that becomes your new central stem.

Add to the left with the stem again down the centre
Add to the left with the stem again down the centre

Add your next bulb, and again the stem goes down the middle of your braid.

Bring the lowest stem over into the centre
Bring the lowest stem over into the centre

Once again, you bring the lowest stem over and into the middle.

Now you can add your central garlic bulb and bring the bottom stems over and into the middle.

Add your central bulb and then again bring the bottom stems over and make them the new centre
Add your central bulb, bring the bottom stems over again, and make them the new centre.

So in my photo above, these will be the two stems on the left as these are at the bottom.

Pull these over, and they are now my middle stems.

You then repeat this over and over, following the same pattern until you use up all of your bulbs.

The tighter you can keep your braiding, the better your end product will look.

A Completed Braid
A Completed Braid

This one got a little messy and out of shape at the top, but it still looks good.

From the back
From the back

Looking from the back, you can see the braid but can’t see it from the front.

This is because I didn’t keep my braids tight.

I had another go at this later with some more garlic and did much better – practice makes perfect and all that.

A better one i did later
A better one I did later

You can keep braiding the stems after you have added all your bulbs as I did with the one above.

Tie some twine around the top to finish
Tie some twine around the top to finish

Tie some more twine around the top of the braid when you get there.

You can also loop it over on itself and then tie it, this gives you a little built-in hook to hang the garlic from.

Loop over to make a hook to hang the braid
Loop over to make a hook to hang the braid
Hanging in a kitchen
Hanging in a kitchen

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