Every garlic harvest of mine results in some huge heads, many in the middle, and some tiny ones.
The smallest ones usually get composted, as I'm not patient enough to peel them, too much work not enough fruit. The large prizewinners get whisked away to a cool dark place, they're the following year's batch. Leaving me with the Mediocre Middle garlics to cook with. Which is ok I guess, but I'd rather use those nice fat ones that I've placed off-limits.
I think I 'torture' myself this way each year, I never get to use the prizewinners, I use the averages.
[Same with the homegrown eggs -- we place the largest ones in cartons and bring them to work where the metro crowd gleefully accepts, leaving the family here to use the mediums and smalls. But I digress.]
What do yinz homegrowers do with your garlic harvest? Are the big fatties your go-tos in the kitchen, or do yinz do as I and save the chubbies for planting time?
Tomatoes, for example. You only have to sacrifice one or two fruits to obtain more than enough seeds to plant the next year. Garlic, you need to reserve about *one-third* of your haul for the next growing season. Logically, the large ones are protected, hence my predicament.