How To Store Garlic
Many people grow garlic and want to preserve it for as long as possible. How to store garlic properly is the key to making fresh garlic last for months. Commercially, garlic is stored between 30 and 32 degrees. In most households that is not possible. Here are some other ideas.
- Bundle garlic in bundles of 8 to 12 bulbs by tying the stalks and hanging it, bulb down. Store garlic in a cool, dry place, with plenty of circulation, away from sunlight.
- You can store it in a wire basket.
- For a homespun display you can braid softneck garlic stems together, adorn with ribbon and dried flowers, and hang it in your kitchen.
How About Dehydrating?
We've been making and selling home made garlic powder for years. You will be amazed at how flavorful fresh garlic powder is compared to commercially purchased garlic powder. Be sure to check out our garlic powders and infused oils! One way to store garlic is to make it into garlic powder wich lasts for years (Unless of course you cook with it, then it goes quick!).
- Break the cloves apart.
- Cut the root end of the clove (you may also peel the clove, but it is not necessary).
- Lay the cloves in a single layer in your dehydrator and dehydrate for 16+ hour depending on your dehydrator and the size of the cloves.
- The skins fall right off!
- You can store whole cloves or grind them into powder.
- Store in an airtight container. OR…
- To make garlic salt, mix 3 parts salt and 1 part garlic.
Garlic in Wine or Vinegar
- Peeled garlic cloves can be stored in wine or vinegar and refrigerated.
- Garlic can be stored in this manner for about 4 months.
- Discard if you see any signs of mold or yeast growth.
While it can be done, refrigeration is not the best way to store your garlic because it changes its texture, flavor, and speeds germination.
- Garlic can be stored in the freezer but keep in mind that freezing garlic changes its texture and flavor.
- You can freeze entire bulbs and use individual cloves when you need them, OR
- Peel, chop, and store in small Ziploc bags. If you fill the bags lightly and freeze them flattened you can break off what you need later.
Look forward to a post on how NOT to store fresh garlic coming soon! Be sure to like us on facebook for more gourmet garlic growing tips, tricks and treats.