Best Ways to Store Cloves of Garlic for Longevity and Freshness

Garlic is a staple ingredient in almost every kitchen. It’s packed with flavor and has countless health benefits, making it an essential ingredient in various dishes all around the world. However, storing garlic can be tricky, and improper storage can lead to mold growth or sprouting.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you can store cloves of garlic effectively while keeping them fresh for as long as possible.

Choosing Garlic

When buying garlic bulbs, make sure to choose those that are firm and have tight skin. Avoid any bulbs that feel spongy or have soft spots since these may already be starting to rot.

Freshness Test

Another way to determine if your garlic is fresh is by breaking off one clove from the bulb and giving it a smell. If it smells strong and pungent, then it’s fresh. If there isn’t much odor at all or if the smell is slightly sour or musty – then your cloves are past their prime.

How To Store Whole Bulbs Of Garlic

Storing whole bulbs of garlic couldn’t be easier; simply leave them lying out on the counter! Keep them away from direct sunlight but don’t stash them in any sort of container either – they need air circulation!

However, depending on how quickly you consume your garlic bulbs (or the quantity you have), you might want to instead suspend some string across an open cabinet door space where light will not reach your suspended food until use

Doing so ensures proper air circulation around each bulb while keeping them easily accessible when needed.

Storing Cut/ Peeled Cloves

If peeling more than one clove at once seems like too much work for only one recipe; consider peeling more than necessary then place extra peeled cloves inside a glass container with a lid (or a small zipping plastic bag) in the fridge.

Storing Cut/ Peeled Cloves

Once garlic has been peeled or sliced, it will start to lose flavor quickly. Nevertheless, you can still store these prepped cloves of garlic for later use.

One way to do this is by placing them inside an airtight container and storing them in the fridge for up to one week.

Be sure to keep your garlic away from any other strong-smelling foods like onions; else, those aromas might transfer over!

Alternatively, you could also put your peeled garlic cloves into small zipper bags so that they lie flat and take up less space in the refrigerator!

Freezing Garlic

Another option for preserving both whole bulbs of garlic and cut/p eeled cloves is by freezing them! Here’s how;

Separate each clove from their bulb before peeling any skin off –place on a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat then place in freezer until solid. Afterwards move into a labeled Ziploc bag; It’s important always remember when dealing with frozen food items: First In First Out (FIFO); meaning that date-labeling upon storage ensures priority consumption order.


By following these tips, you can easily keep your cloves of garlic fresh while having easy access whenever needed. Whether storing whole bulbs out on display or keeping prepped cloves ready-to-go inside sealed containers within your fridge/freezer- there are many ways to maximize usage without worrying about spoilage nor waste!

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