How To Preserve Garlic

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How to Preserve Garlic

How To Preserve Garlic To Increase Storage and Reduce Waste

Learning how to preserve garlic isn’t difficult or time-consuming. And it will save some money if your garlic has a tendency to go bad because you don’t use it up quickly enough. Whether you bought garlic or grew your own, it’s a waste to toss it out!

Garlic keeps up to nine months under proper storage conditions. However, if you don’t have the ideal space to keep it, your garlic will get soft, sprout, or dry out. Keep reading for more information to help you preserve garlic for longer storage life.

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  4. Lacey

    Great post! We grew waaaay too much garlic a the year before last, and I ended up using almost all these methods to preserve it before it went bad! My favorite is hands down to mince the garlic in my food processor, then mix it with oil and freeze it in 1 tsp portions. Then when I need garlic for just about anything, it’s already minced and ready to go!

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  5. Bethany

    I want to try several of these ideas. We use garlic powder the most so I’m thinking we will dehydrate garlic this year.. but I’m intrigued by pickled garlic.

    Great resource!!

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      Thank you, Bethany! Having your own dehydrated garlic is great for storage and easy use. I love the pickled garlic and can eat it plain! I’m not sure how the rest of the world feels about it though, lol!

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  6. Julie

    Perfect! Garlic is on my list to learn to grow this year. We have a cellar, and we want to adapt it to root vegetables, so it really helps to know storage/humidity information. My first to preservation methods will be storing whole and dehydrating for garlic powder. Great article. I’m printing this one out for my notebook!

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      So glad to share, Julie! Best wishes with your root cellar…that link to root cellar storage in the post might be helpful too. πŸ™‚

      Let me know how your garlic and root cellaring projects come along!

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  7. Dianne

    Wow! Great post. I still haven’t taken the plunge yet to grow garlic so that I can store it. I should – I can with it all the time and it’s actually a staple in our meals. We love it! I am so glad I came across your post – this will help me to move forward with getting busy with garlic. Thanks!

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  8. Kristi Stone

    Wow, what a fantastic library of information! I have grown garlic in the past, and had all that work wasted because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. In the more recent years, I’ve just grown less. I’m going to use some of these tips next time!

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      I hope this helps you store more of that garlicky goodness, Kristi! I don’t grow as much these days, either. But I hate to waste what I have!

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  9. candy

    I dry out my garlic and let it hang or I have dehydrated it for garlic powder. Never froze it before. Will have to check into these methods I haven’t tried.

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      Hi Candy,
      If you have the right conditions, hanging it is the easiest way to store. My storage this year is either too warm or too cold…hence the frozen, pickled, and dehydrated garlic.

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  10. farmgal

    I love to use the garlic scrapes in so many things. I think I use it even more then I do the garlic bulbs.. both are awesome!

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  11. Marla

    Garlic is one of the most effective and powerful natural antibiotics. I have kept garlic in my freezer on little storage containers that worked really well. I never had heard of using the oil but that sounds like a great idea. Great information!

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  12. AnnMarie Lewellyn

    I freeze my garlic all the time. I mix the minced garlic and olive oil and place it in ice cube trays. Then when I need minced garlic for a recipe I simply pop out the cube! I have regular size ice cube trays and minis for this purpose. That way I have a lot or a little bit depending on the recipe. Great post as always! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      Thank you! The ice cube trays are a great idea, Annie! I should buy some more so they don’t have to do double duty making ice for my tea, lol!

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  13. Robin

    I hadn’t thought of freezing my garlic. I grew way too much this year and have more than I can use or give away. I will be loading the small freezer!

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    1. Homesteader Post author

      Glad to help out, Robin! I have two nice sized jars of garlic in oil in my freezer now, plus pickled garlic that is brewing in the fridge. It makes it so easy to use when you are in a hurry!

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