A friend of Jersey Shore Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring gave him a gallon-sized container of pealed fresh garlic imported from Spain. It’s delicious. As much as Aggie Ring uses garlic, there’s no way he can use that much before it turns. Aggie Ring implemented “Operation Ferment Garlic” to prevent wasting it.
Aggie Ring took the garlic, cut off the end where it connected to the root (?) or plant (?) [perhaps it’s both?] and then had me lightly “smash” it (just enough to break each clove a bit) with the palm of my “Aggie Ring Hand.”
“Aggie Ring Hand?” is what you gentle readers are probably thinking. Let me explain. When I was blessed with my first Texas A&M University Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring, he was a “right hand” Texas Aggie Ring. This was back in the mid-1980s and there were still several of my professors and staff at Texas A&M who were WW II veterans and alumni from the 1940s and 1950s.
In fact, the professor who was my undergraduate and graduate student advisor in the college of engineering was class of 1954. He had been in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band when he’d been a student and played the clarinet. He still could play the War Hymn every year when the Aggie Band had this thing where the old BQ (Band Qualified) alumni would march from the Quad to Kyle Field for a game with just the Aggie football team playing against each other.
Anyway. I got so much crap from a number of those Old Ags for wearing my ring on my right hand that I felt the need as a real Texas Aggie to switch Aggie Ring ’84 over to my left. Evidently, only girls should wear their Aggie Rings on their right hand. Also, it was a time-honored tradition that a man wears his Aggie Ring on his left hand because the left hand is closer to the heart and, if you’re married, it shows your spouse that you love them as much as you love Texas A&M. I remember seeing a number of Old Ags who had taken their wedding bands and had them “bound” (if that’s the correct term) to their Aggie Ring. “Sweet” said Aggie Ring ’84. “I want to be a left-handed Aggie Ring like an old-school Aggie Ring.”
To this day, when Fightin’ Texas A&M Aggie Ring ’84 sees a photo of a young Aggie wearing his or her ring on their left hand (the proper Aggie hand), he smiles just a little bit brighter.
So, Aggie Ring had me lightly “crush” the garlic cloves and put them into the Ball jar. Once the Ball jar was full of garlic up to just below the lip, Aggie Ring took raw unfiltered honey (it has to be raw!) and poured it into the jar until all of the garlic was covered. This took about an hour as the honey moves slowly.
You can see how much of the 24 oz bottle of raw honey it took in the photo. Aggie Ring put a fermentation lid he bought a bunch of on Amazon on the jar but if someone doesn’t have one, they can just put a lid on loosely or “burp” the jar every couple of days. You don’t want to put the lid on tightly and leave it because the jar will eventually explode.
The wild yeast that is present on the garlic cause the chemical reaction that causes the fermentation. Honey ferments slowly, so it takes about three weeks or more for everything to process.
Now, Aggie Ring has done this before and the finished product is incredible. The honey gets thinner like pancake syrup because of the alcohol that’s produced in the fermentation process. It’s delicious drizzled over pizza. Yes, that’s a thing. Aggie Ring has been to a pizza parlor in Kansas City where there’s a honey bear on every table. People who go there pour honey all over their slices of pie. Aggie Ring hasn’t experimented yet, but he strongly suspects that honey might taste good on some BBQ brisket. It’s certainly healthier than that high fructose corn syrup BBQ sauce most people use. The fermentation and the sweetness of the honey kills off that nasty garlic “bite” and that garlic is incredible on a salad or in pretty much anything (soups, beans, chili… etc.).
As I mentioned, Aggie Ring had me use my Aggie Ring Hand to crush/bruise all of those cloves of garlic. After crushing all of those cloves, my hand smelled like a garlic field. As much as Aggie Ring ’84 doesn’t like vampires, he didn’t want my proper Aggie Ring Hand [the left] to smell like a field of garlic plants for days. 🙂
Luckily, someone had recently sent us a stainless steel bar of “soap” that claimed that if you wash your hands with it just like a regular bar of soap, it will kill the smell of onions or garlic on your hands. Aggie Ring took a leap of faith.
It worked. It totally killed the smell of garlic on my proper Aggie Ring Hand [left]. This thing is incredible. I think they are only around $5.00 on Amazon.
Now, all the Aggie Ring and I have to do is wait a few weeks for the garlic to ferment. “Patience grasshopper.” Aggie Ring told me. “It will be done when it is done. Not before.”
“The road goes on forever and the party never ends.” — Aggie Ring
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