Garlic is a versatile and popular ingredient in many cuisines around the world. It’s known for its unique flavour and a wide range of culinary and health benefits. Storing garlic correctly can help maintain its flavour and freshness.

Here are 5 expert tips on how to store garlic to maximize its use over extended periods of time.

  1. DARK & COOL:
    • Keep garlic bulbs in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
    • A pantry, cellar, or a cupboard with good air circulation is ideal.
    • Garlic should be stored at temperatures between 60-65°F (15-18°C)
    • The outer skin helps of the garlic protects it from moisture and mold.
    • Never break the skin or separate the cloves until you are ready to use them.
    • Whole and unbroken garlic bulbs will keep for about 3 to 4 months.
    • Individual cloves are good for 5 to 10 days.
    • The cold and moisture from the fridge can cause garlic to sprout and develop a bitter taste.
    • If you notice green shoots emerging from the cloves, you can still use the garlic, but it may have a slightly different taste. 
    • Avoid cooler storing temperatures for the most aromatic and free taste.
    • Garlic needs to breathe.
    • Don’t store it in airtight containers or plastic bags. 
    • Use a basket or other breathable container.
    • Freeze whole bulbs or unpeeled cloves of garlic in an airtight bag.
    • Alternatively peel and mince garlic, add to ice cube trays with a bit of water and freeze in an airtight container.
    • Can store for up to 30 days.