How to Properly Store Garlic: 3 Methods and Tricks to Keep it Fresh Longer

Storing garlic properly preserves its flavor and freshness. For long-term freshness, keep garlic at room temperature in an egg carton, or freeze peeled cloves in airtight bags to prevent freezer burn. Another method is preserving garlic in olive oil, which keeps it ready to use for up to three months while infusing the oil with garlic flavor. These techniques ensure you always have fresh garlic on hand.

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Garlic is an indispensable ingredient in kitchens around the world, forming the base of countless savory recipes. To keep garlic fresh is to ensure the best possible results in your cooking, as there's nothing worse than dealing with bitter or, worse, spoiled garlic. Just imagine the smell! We're here to answer some basic questions and provide three tried-and-true methods to store garlic perfectly, so it will last you a long time.

How to Store Garlic so It Lasts Longer

Generally, garlic should be stored at room temperature, in a dry and dark place. Keeping garlic in the refrigerator can cause it to sprout and turn bitter. Whole, unpeeled garlic bulbs can last for several months if stored correctly. Once peeled, garlic cloves should be used within a week when kept in the refrigerator.

How to Store Garlic at Room Temperature

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Storing garlic in an egg carton at room temperature is a simple yet effective method. The egg carton allows for proper air circulation, which is essential for keeping garlic fresh and preventing mold growth. By keeping the garlic in a cool, dry place, you can extend its shelf life significantly. Place a head of garlic in an egg carton and store it in a pantry or cupboard. Ensure the garlic is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture. This method helps the garlic stay fresh for up to several months, making it a convenient option for those who use garlic frequently in their cooking.

How to Store Garlic in The Freezer

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Freezing garlic is an excellent way to preserve its freshness and flavor. By microwaving the cloves briefly and shaking them in a glass, peeling becomes easy and quick. Freezing in airtight bags prevents freezer burn and retains the garlic’s natural taste and aroma. Start by putting several cloves of garlic in the microwave for about 30 seconds. This softens the skin, making it easy to peel. Place the cloves in a glass, close the top with your hand, and shake vigorously to remove the skins. Once peeled, place the cloves in an airtight bag and freeze them. When you need to use the garlic, simply take out the required amount and allow it to thaw for a few minutes before cooking. This method keeps the garlic fresh for several months.

How to Store Garlic in Oil

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Preserving garlic in olive oil not only extends its shelf life but also infuses the oil with a rich garlic flavor, perfect for cooking. Boiling the garlic cloves for a few minutes ensures they are sanitized and ready for preservation. Peel several cloves of garlic and boil them for 5 minutes to soften and sanitize. Place the boiled cloves in a glass jar and fill the jar with olive oil, ensuring the garlic is fully submerged. Store the jar in the refrigerator. This method keeps the garlic fresh for up to three months, and the garlic-infused oil can be used to add extra flavor to your dishes.

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