Saturday, January 18, 2014

How to Make Black Garlic at Home

      After I discovered that Trader Joe's is selling Japanese Aomori Black Garlic, I sometimes buy one and eat one to two cloves of garlic a day. It's because as I mentioned in my previous entries, black garlic has many health benefits. (My previous entries are here and here.)

Trader Joe's Sweet & Mild {fermented} Japanese Aomori Black Garlic

Trader Joe's Sweet & Mild {fermented} Japanese Aomori Black Garlic

      After searching about black garlic through Internet, I found out that some Japanese people make their own homemade black garlic. The way to make black garlic is simple, but I won't make it because strong smell of garlic will fill in your home while making it. That's why some people make it outside of the house. If you live in an apartment and plan on making black garlic, you should think twice. The strong smell might bother your neighbors. I'm living in a small apartment, so there is no way I could make it without any trouble. :(

     If you want to make black garlic, you need to have a rice cooker. Many people suggest using old rice cooker because the strong smell of garlic lingers your rice cooker forever. You may not want to use it for cooking rice anymore after making black garlic. I'm going to share with you how people make black garlic at home. I've referred the recipe from here and here.

1. Place makisu, which is made of bamboo, or paper towel, in the inner cooking pan.
2. Put garlic into it and close the lid of rice cooker.
3. Push "Keep Warm" button, and keep the garlic warm with the rice cooker for 10 to 14 days.
4. Get out the garlic from rice cooker, and place them in dry area at normal room temperature for 10 to 14 days.
5. Enjoy.

        This Youtuber shares how to make black garlic at home in this video below.
How to Make Black Garlic

     UPDATED: Eventually, I successfully made black garlic at home. You can check out my entry, How I Make Black Garlic at Home. :)  I also updated this video, How to Make Black Garlic, on my YouTube channel.

      This is my entries related to black garlic.

     These are my entries you might like.
■Trader Joe's Japanese Aomori Black Garlic

■Japanese Aomori Black Garlic

■How to Make Black Garlic at Home

■How I Make Black Garlic at Home

        My entries related to Trader Joe's can be seen here.


  1. Are you sure the mikasu or paper towel won't burn? :)

    1. I think that it won't burn because Japanese people have been using makisu and peper towel as a cooking tool for so many years, and I have never heard about any trouble with it. As I mentioned in this entry, I have never tried making black garlic because I am living small apartment. You can leave your comment on YouTube and ask about it. Many viewer on that video discuss about making black garlic. Good Luck!

  2. Hey Ringo! Thanks for sharing the recipe above. Out of curiosity, is this a homemade Japanese style of making the black garlic. I have heard that you can make the garlic by placing it in a crockpot/rice cooker for 30 - 40 days. For me, that seems like quite a lot and am much in favor of the shorter time your recipe mandates.

    1. Yes, the recipe is for making a homemade black garlic. Even though I'm Japanese, I have never tried making black garlic. However, as far as I know, most recipes for a homemade black garlic in Japanese recommend that to place garlic in a rice cooker for 10 to 14 days. Good luck! :)

  3. Can you make it in a crockpot?

    1. I think so. I've only used a rice cooker for making black garlic though.