- July 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm #259480
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Yvonne”
> 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?
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
“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.
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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
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
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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