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      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Yvonne” wrote:

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      > About a month ago I bought some garlic bulbs on sale (4 for $1.00).

      > I was wondering if they can be frozen?

      > Dose anyone have receipes to use them in?

      >

      > TIA

      > Yvonne

      >

      How To Store Garlic

      Whether you buy it from the store or bring it in from your garden,

      you’ll want to make the most of your garlic bulbs. Storing it is

      easy, although there are a few tips to keep in mind, particularly for

      storing garlic after you’ve broken open the bulb. And when you’re

      ready to use it, you’ll want to know how to prepare it to maximize

      its health benefits.

      Storing your garlic in favorable conditions helps to maintain its

      healing properties and flavor. Properly stored garlic can last for

      months, ensuring that you always have some on hand for the next

      recipe.

      “Young wet,” or “new season,” garlic is an immature garlic that is

      harvested in early summer. Immature garlic needs to be stored in the

      refrigerator and used within a week or so. It has a fresh, mild

      flavor and can substitute for onions and leeks or lend a subtle

      garlic flavor to a recipe. Some cooks consider this the best, most

      flavorful garlic. As an added bonus, it may be more easily digested

      than dry garlic. Experiment with some of this “fresh” garlic and see

      how you like it.

      ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.

      Garlic needs lots of air circulation to last in storage.

      You’ll need to dry your homegrown garlic before you store it for a

      prolonged time. After harvesting, carefully wash the bulb and roots.

      Let the garlic dry in a shady, well-ventilated, moisture-free area

      for a week or more. You can hang the freshly harvested bulbs from

      their stalks if you like.

      Thoroughly drying garlic bulbs develops and concentrates their

      flavor, so don’t rush the process. Once dry, trim or break off the

      roots and rub off the outer layer of parchment. If you’ve grown

      softneck garlic, consider braiding it for an attractive storage

      option.

      Whole bulbs of store-bought garlic will keep for several months or

      more when stored at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has

      ample air circulation. Keep in mind, however, that garlic’s lifetime

      decreases once you start removing cloves from the bulb.

      Storing garlic uncovered, such as in a wire-mesh basket inside your

      cupboard or beneath a small overturned clay pot, is ideal.

      You can also store garlic in a paper bag, egg carton, or mesh bag.

      Just be sure there is plenty of dry air and little light to inhibit

      sprouting. To avoid mold, do not refrigerate or store garlic in

      plastic bags.

      If you’ve prepared more garlic than you need for a particular recipe,

      you can store minced garlic in the refrigerator in an air-tight

      container. Although the most active sulfur compound diminishes within

      a few hours, refrigeration will slightly slow the process. Use

      refrigerated garlic as soon as possible. Some people are tempted to

      freeze garlic, but this is not recommended because its texture

      changes, as does its flavor.

      Kelly in IL

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