Preserving Garlic

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November 14, 2006

There is a common kitchen tip that says to store peeled garlic cloves in oil, unfortunately, botulism can develop when garlic is stored in this manner, especially if it is stored at room temperature. The garlic and oil should be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. It's a handy tip but not worth the health risk.

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June 26, 2005

I grow garlic but it does not keep long enough to be all used up. Does anyone know how to preserve garlic so it will last for a long time?

Suzq from NE


By Mari (Guest Post)
June 27, 20050 found this helpful

I freeze mine and have no problem.

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June 27, 20050 found this helpful

Just harvest the garlic cloves, brush off dirt, hang in a mesh bag (like onions come in) in a dry warm place w/ good air circulation. The cloves will dry & remain usable for over a year (at least mine are still good...)

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July 8, 20050 found this helpful

My garlic lasts only 6 months, I pick it just after Xmas usually and now July8 it has mostly shot. I plant it as it shoots. I also use the green tops from early planted garlic in cooking. I have an abundance of the stuff as I just LOVE it. Fried rice with fried garlic plus handfuls of chopped garlic tops , and a bit of rocket just for variety,and chilli for breakfast is great!


I would also like to find a way to encourage the garlic to keep for longer. I miss roasted garlic for the other 6 months of the year. I am going to try drying it next year. I have heard that this gives the closest flavour to fresh garlic. I will try this using the food dehydrator. I think I should have enough. I have about 2000 plants in, so this should just about keep me going.

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By Mel Harley (Guest Post)
August 14, 20060 found this helpful

i was recently on vacation in Majorca and purchased some garlic at a local street market It seem to have been preserved in brine ( salt water)
It was delicuous
But I cannot find anyone who knows the way to store it in brine
any good ideas


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August 14, 20060 found this helpful

Here's a link with a .pdf about preserving garlic. They include a recipe for pickling of garlic which might be what you had in Majorca, Mel.


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By Jill (Guest Post)
August 13, 20080 found this helpful

My parents have always advocated peeling garlic and putting it into a jar of olive oil. Your garlic won't be 100% fresh, but you will have an infused oil.

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By Emily Sullivan (Guest Post)
August 24, 20080 found this helpful

READ warnings about preserving garlic in oil.
Just google Botulism garlic oil fda.
Or here's an article.

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By Nancy S. (Guest Post)
August 26, 20080 found this helpful

Looking for a recipe, to can garlic cloves in olive oil.
Or the best way, to keep garlic cloves for cooking all year round.

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By Tracey A. (Guest Post)
November 27, 20080 found this helpful

I planted garlic for the first time last Fall. Wow, what a difference from store-bought. I pulled mine up last Spring, brushed the loose dirt off and hung it by the long shoots in my basement. They are still quite good. I'm going to try "kidsNclutter's" idea next year and see if it will work better.


"Just harvest the garlic cloves, brush off dirt, hang in a mesh bag (like onions come in) in a dry warm place w/ good air circulation. The cloves will dry & remain usable for over a year (at least mine are still good...)"
Thanks for the hints. :-)

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August 7, 2016

What kind of oil do I put in my garlic cloves to keep in the refrigerator? I grew some garlic and I am going to freeze some and put some in oil in the refrigerator, but I don't know what kind to use.


February 28, 20170 found this helpful

I would use extra virgin olive oil, or grapeseed oil. I would stay way from cheap vegetable oils like cottonseed or canola.


Also, I dont' believe they need to be refrigerated if they are put in oil. I never have

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Any oil will do. I've used corn, vegetable, and olive.

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

Garlic preserved in oil should definitely be stored in the refrigerator. Home cooks do not have the proper equipment to sterilize the garlic and botulism can result. Here is a link to the CDC page about it.

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February 21, 2012

How do you prepare the garlic for the dehydrator? Are the skins left on? Do you slice the cloves? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


By Elayne


February 21, 20120 found this helpful

Hi, Elayne. You have to take the skins off since they will hold the moisture in. You can dehydrate whole cloves, but it will take longer. You don't want to slice it too thin since it shrinks when dehydrated. I would cut large cloves in half. There are many web sites about dehydrating foods.

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February 18, 2010

I recently read where it is dangerous to cut up garlic and keep in oil because it can cause Botulism. I buy diced garlic already in oil in a jar, and cut up fresh garlic sometimes and add to the same jar. It has concerned me, because I love to use garlic a lot in my cooking. Any advice or ideas on a safer method?

Lisa from SC


Storing and Using Garlic

Botulism? Doubtful. It is caused by an organism known as clostridium botulinum and associated with inadequately processed, home-canned foods. Sausages, meat products, canned vegetables, and seafood products have been the most frequent vehicles for human botulism.

I have been cutting up garlic into olive oil for quite a while with no problems, although after about 2 weeks the flavor goes off.

By Claudia-MD

Storing and Using Garlic

It seems important to add some kind of acid (example vinegar) to garlic/oil preparations that are going to be kept for a while: (12/05/2006)

By ThriftyFun

Storing and Using Garlic

I wouldn't use the garlic or oil "raw", so to speak. I keep mine chopped in a baby food jar, filled with whatever oil I have handy, in the refrigerator, use and replenish as needed. I just use it for cooking, though. (01/13/2007)

By arsonhorse

Storing and Using Garlic

I cut up cloves of garlic and make an elixir of chopped garlic, vodka, and water (30% vodka to the rest water). I put chopped garlic with vodka and water into brown or green bottles and cork, shake bottles each morning and set in a sunny window each morning, then set in a dark cabinet at night for 30 days. After 30 days, strain the chopped garlic and pour the liquid back into the bottles and cork.

This elixir will keep 1 year and even though it doesn't taste good (take a teaspoon of honey behind it), it works great
to kill a virus of cold or flu. Now, the left over chopped garlic can be stored in the refrigerator until used. I use the chopped garlic to cook with. (10/05/2007)

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April 2, 2007

Does anyone have any advice on prolonging the shelf life of whole garlic. My mother-in-law just gave us an entire bag. We usually only buy bulbs as needed and thus store them in a bowl in the pantry. However, we have discovered in the past that if they are not used they seem to dehydrate and become bad after a few weeks.

David from Birmingham, AL


Storing Garlic Cloves

I found this page and thought it might help you store the garlic. (07/18/2005)

By Joan

Storing Garlic Cloves

Toss them in a ziploc freezer bag & put in the freezer. Bring out how many you need when cooking. (07/18/2005)

By badwater

Storing Garlic

According to a cooking show I saw quite a while ago, you can keep fresh garlic in the freezer. First, take the outer skin off the garlic and separate the cloves. I leave the thin skin on the individual cloves at this point. Stick the cloves in a zipoc bag, where I believe the show stated they can be stored for up to three months. When I need some garlic, I take whatever quantity I need out of the freezer and let it defrost for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, I peel off the thin skin and cut it up however I wish for my recipe. Garlic this way tastes almost as good as fresh garlic. Just a note, though, the garlic turns a bit golden-yellow from the freezing and thawing, but its taste is still good. (12/06/2005)

By Tori

Storing Garlic

After I pick my garlic from the garden. I cut the tops off & then i string them & hang them too dry. When they are dry hang them in a cool place. You are going too have too leave the skins on the garlic. My garlic lasts all winter long & i eat a lot of garlic. If the garlic is dry i would just sting them & hang them up. (12/07/2005)

By Joyce

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