How Many Garlic Cloves Are in a Head of Garlic?

Have you ever come across a recipe that called for a head of garlic and you only had individual cloves on hand?  This happens to me every time.  I typically have garlic already busted up, peeled and stored in the freezer.  In the past when I've busted up garlic bulbs, I've forgotten to count the cloves.  Well today, I remembered to count them out.

From a 2 1/2-inch head or bulb of garlic, I counted 11 garlic cloves.  Now you and I both know this is not an exact number, different size heads of garlic will yield a different count.  At least, this gives us a good idea where to start the next time we run across a garlic-laden recipe.

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