Tips for Storing Garlic
Garlic is an essential item in the kitchen. We add it to our pastas, soups, vegetables, bakes and more! When stored properly, garlic will last for months and months. Following these helpful tips will ensure you and your family can enjoy fresh garlic (hopefully it’s Gilroy garlic), through the entire growing season and beyond.
Whole garlic bulbs like to be stored in a cool (60-65 degrees), dry place. A cupboard, pantry or root cellar is best to ensure proper ventilation and temperature. Avoid placing the garlic in a plastic baggie or airtight container as this can increase moisture and decrease airflow.
60 - 65 degrees (not too cold) with little to no humidity. Garlic hates moisture; humidity leads to spoilage and rot. If you live in an area with a humid climate, it’s especially important not to store your garlic in plastic bags. The plastic bag will trap moisture and prevent ventilation.
While it’s not ideal to store garlic in the refrigerator (it’s way too cold), if you’re in a pinch, be sure to store the garlic on one of the main shelves and not in the crisper boxes. Keep in mind that when the garlic is removed from the refrigerator, the temperature change (from refrigerator cold to room temperature/warm), will trick the garlic into thinking it's spring and therefore time to sprout!
If you have leftover (unpeeled) cloves, they can be stored for about three weeks. Peeled cloves will last about a week.
In the Freezer
Whole bulbs, cloves, chopped, or minced garlic can be frozen in an airtight container. These are great to use in soups and stews.
Signs your garlic is spoiled
If you notice any of the following, it’s time to toss the garlic.
● Black specks or dark discoloration on your garlic
● Your garlic is soft or mushy to the touch
● To get the most out of your garlic, and prolong it’s storage life, don’t break your garlic apart until you’re ready to use it. Keeping the papery layer intact prevents moisture from reaching the cloves.
● Avoid storing garlic (or onions) with potatoes. While they are delicious when cooked together, the moisture and ethylene gas from the potatoes will shorten the life of the garlic
Alternative Storing Methods
● Bake sliced garlic cloves on your oven's lowest setting (between 115-140 degrees) for about 30 minutes. You can also use a food dehydrator
● Remove from oven and cool completely
● Store in an airtight container until ready to use
● Bake the garlic bulbs using our easy roasted garlic recipe and freeze the roasted garlic until ready to use
Tips for Storing Garlic