How to extract juice from garlic

Updated February 21, 2017

Sometimes you just want to use the juice from a clove of garlic for cooking or medicinal purposes. Garlic juice has a milder flavour than chopped garlic but still has the same garlic taste. It's sometimes added to foods via a spray bottle. As an alternative to expensive commercial garlic juice that might contain additives, garlic juice can be made at home with just a few household items.

Separate the garlic cloves you'll be using from the bulb. One large garlic clove will make about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of garlic juice. Use the whole bulb for approximately 3 to 4 tbsp of garlic juice.

Cut the tough bottoms off of each garlic clove, and remove the skins. If the skin is hard to remove, lay the knife blade flat against the clove and press down firmly to loosen.

Place the strainer over a small bowl. Place a skinned garlic clove into the garlic press and hold over the strainer as you press the garlic through the small holes. Use the knife to remove all pressed garlic and add to the strainer. Repeat with all garlic cloves.

Mash the pressed garlic with a wooden spoon against the mesh of the strainer so the juice flows into the bowl. Continue until the garlic solids are no longer moist. At this point, you should have your desired amount of fresh garlic juice.


If you're making a larger batch of garlic juice, you can use a food processor instead of a garlic press to purée the cloves.

Things You'll Need

  • Garlic
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Garlic press
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Cup
  • Wooden spoon
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Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.