The Best Ways to Store Raw Garlic and Keep it Fresh

Garlic is one of the most versatile and commonly used ingredients in the culinary world. It’s used to add flavor, aroma, and depth to various dishes. Whether you’re a professional chef or a home cook, you’ll likely find garlic in your kitchen at all times.

However, raw garlic tends to spoil quickly if not stored properly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to store raw garlic so that it stays fresh for as long as possible.

Why is storing raw garlic important?

Garlic has a high moisture content which makes it susceptible to mold and bacteria growth. If left unattended for too long, raw garlic can become slimy or develop dark spots on its cloves – both indications of rotting.

Additionally, improper storage can also cause the flavor and quality of garlic to deteriorate rapidly, ultimately affecting the overall taste of any dish containing it.

How should I store my raw garlic?

There are several ways you can store your raw garlic depending on your preference:

In Room Temperature

If you plan on using your fresh bulbs within a week; Just keep them out at room temperature without breaking up cloves from bulbs until use time.

In fridge

Store whole heads (unpeeled) in ventilated paper bags inside containers with loose-fitting lids in refrigerator crisper drawers where they will last up-to 4 months.

You may also break bulb into individual cloves then peel before refrigeration which last upto 10 days if kept dry by keeping wrapped loosely with paper towel when placed inside an air-tight container

Feel free to chop peeled cloves into small pieces then freeze either alone or mixed with oil/herbs/other seasonings; stored like that they could be usableĀ for several month

It’s important not just keep fresh-garlic directly exposed on countertop since direct sunlight/some kitchen lights can shorten its shelf life.

What should I avoid when storing raw garlic?

While it’s easy to store raw garlic, there are also some things you should avoid doing:

– Don’t store garlic in plastic bags or tightly-sealed containers as this traps moisture which will cause spoilage sooner
– Avoid keeping your fresh-garlic near naturally humid areas such as sinks and dishwashers.
– Do not keep your fresh cloves next to pungent/damp produce like onions or damp herbs. These items emit ethylene gas that speeds up the decomposition process of other nearby produce.


Storing raw garlic is a simple task that can significantly impact the freshness and flavor of your dishes. By following our helpful tips for storage, you’ll be able to keep your garlic fresh and ready-to-use for all of your culinary needs!

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