Today we’re sharing some storage methods for garlic! Below, we’ve shared six different ways to store your garlic, either in the freezer or the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

garlic in a muffin tin, small bags, and air tight bag.

Store Unpeeled Garlic

Stoe a head of garlic or unpeeled cloves in a cool, dry place away from the sun. A pantry or the kitchen counter is a great spot to extend the shelf life of your garlic!

Store Peeled Garlic Cloves

Store peeled whole garlic cloves in an airtight container in the fridge. The cloves are best used within two to three days.

Freeze in mini muffin tins

The first step for this is to put the garlic cloves into a food processor and blend them into fine pieces. Alternatively, you can use minced garlic. Then, scoop out a spoonful at a time and place it in a non-stick or sprayed muffin tin. You’ll want to flatten and press down the garlic into the tin.

Wrap the entire muffin tin in aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. Once frozen solid, place individual garlic muffins into snack-sized Ziploc bags and seal completely. 

garlic in a mini muffin tin.

Freeze in snack-sized Ziploc bags

Similar to the above method, this one involves blending garlic cloves in a food processor. Then, rather than freezing the mixture in a muffin tin, we place it in a snack-sized Ziploc bag.

Seal well, ensuring there’s no excess air, and store in the freezer for up to six months!

overhead of ground garlic in small ziploc bags.

Refrigerate with olive oil

For this method, you’ll once again want to put the whole cloves into a food processor. Then, pulse until the garlic blends finely. You can then place the garlic into a mason jar with a few tablespoons of olive oil. 

Stir it all together. Then, seal the jar, coating the garlic in olive oil. Store the garlic in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

Freeze Garlic Cloves Whole

Peel and trim garlic cloves. Then, place them in a vacuum-sealable plastic bag, and squeeze out all the air. Store the garlic in the freezer for up to 12 months!

vacuum sealed garlic cloves.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Store Garlic

What is the best way to store garlic?

If you’re not using garlic immediately, store whole cloves at room temperature for best results.

Should garlic be kept in the fridge?

If you’re not peeling or mincing garlic, do not store it in the fridge! The cold temperature will cause it to sprout and go bad quickly.

Is it better to store garlic peeled or unpeeled?

If you’re not planning on freezing your garlic, it’s best to keep it unpeeled. This extends the shelf life, keeping it fresh for longer.

How long does garlic last unrefrigerated?

You can store unpeeled garlic at room temperature for up to six months. However, it’s best to use it as soon as possible to ensure the best flavor and reduce the chance of mold.

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