How Long Do Garlic Last?

How Long Can You Store Garlic?

Garlic has a shelf life of up to a year or as little as a few days, depending on how it is stored. If you leave a whole head of garlic unpeeled and store it correctly, it can last up to six months. A single clove of garlic, unpeeled, will last roughly three weeks. Garlic, on the other hand, begins to decay more quickly once the skin is removed. Peeled and chopped garlic will keep for approximately a week in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer, and frozen cooked garlic will keep for the same amount of time. Individual peeled garlic cloves will keep for up to a week in the fridge, while chopped garlic will only keep for a day unless wrapped in olive oil, in which case it will keep for two to three days. In the pantry, a properly preserved full bulb of garlic can survive three to five months. Individual unpeeled garlic cloves can be stored in the pantry for seven to ten days.

How Do You Know When Garlic Goes Bad?

These three steps will tell you whether your garlic has gone bad: look, smell, and feel.

Look for brown spots on the cloves of spoiled garlic, which change color from white to yellow or brown. Another feature is the green roots that grow in the clove’s heart. These are the beginnings of fresh sprouts. These roots are not hazardous, but they have a strong bitter flavor and should be removed before cooking.

Smell it. Garlic has a distinct aroma that is spicy, pungent, and mellow. If your garlic begins to lose its characteristic aroma or develops a sour odor, it has most likely gone rotten. To avoid contaminating your other garlic bulbs, it’s better to get rid of that garlic bulb.

When you touch good garlic, it should feel firm. Garlic softens over time. If your garlic is already mushy, you may probably skip this step.

How Long Do Fresh Garlic Last At Room Temperature?

Whole raw garlic will keep for 3 to 5 months at room temperature if stored properly. Store garlic in a moderately warm (55°F- 60°F) environment to extend its shelf life; at higher room temperatures, garlic’s shelf life will be shortened. Garlic should be stored in a container that allows for air circulation, such as a wire-mesh basket, a paper bag, or a garlic keeper with holes, to extend its shelf life. Individual garlic cloves can be kept unpeeled for 7-10 days at room temperature once the whole bulb has been broken.

How Long Do Garlic Last In The Fridge?

Individual peeled garlic cloves will keep for up to a week in the fridge, while chopped garlic will only keep for a day unless wrapped in olive oil, in which case it will keep for two to three days.

Leftover garlic should be stored in an airtight, covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Can You Freeze Garlic?

Yes! Its last shelf life can be extended by freezing it.

How To Freeze Garlic?

  • To freeze full garlic heads, place them in a freezer-safe bag, label it with the date, and place it in the freezer.
  • Peel and separate all the garlic cloves before spreading them evenly across a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze. Wrap the baking sheet in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer overnight. Wrap the frozen cloves in foil, place them in a freezer-safe bag with the date written on them, and place them back in the freezer.
  • To freeze chopped or minced garlic, follow these steps: Peel and separate all the garlic cloves, then finely and evenly mince them (if freezing in bulk, use a food processor). Coat a baking sheet with oil and then put the garlic paste on top. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer overnight. Cut the frozen sheet of garlic paste into evenly sized bits, place them in a freezer-safe bag with the date written on it, and freeze once more.

How Long Do Garlic Last In The Freezer?

To preserve garlic in the freezer, peel the cloves, mince the garlic, and place them in a freezer bag. Peeling the cloves, mincing the garlic, adding a little water or broth, and freezing them in ice cube trays is the easiest way to store garlic in the freezer. Garlic ice cubes can be kept in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one month without losing flavor. In the freezer, peeled and chopped garlic, as well as frozen cooked garlic, will last around 10 to 12 months.

How Long Do Garlic Last In Cold Storage?

When stored at 0°C-2°C temperature and 65-70 percent relative humidity, garlic storage loss is reduced to 4-5 percent for 4-5 months. Temperature changes of 4-5°C, on the other hand, cause a lot of sprouting in garlic. Furthermore, cold-stored garlic sprouts quickly, with 100 percent sprouting losses possible.

Best Way To Store Garlic

Garlic should be purchased or harvested when it is fresh and firm. This is critical because the fresher the garlic is, the longer it will last. There should be no sprouting and the garlic bulb should be solid with papery dry skin. Soft bulbs suggest overripe garlic that won’t last long in the fridge. Avoid garlic bulbs that have been shriveled or that have been stored in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.

Before storing cultivated garlic bulbs, make sure they’re completely dry. The flavor of your cultivated garlic will develop and become more concentrated if you dry it before keeping it. Allow your freshly obtained garlic bulb to dry for about a week in a dark, moisture-free location. Garlic can be dried by hanging it from its stems, and it should be kept at room temperature. Many people store garlic in the refrigerator, but it thrives at a cool room temperature of roughly 60°F (16°C). Garlic should not be refrigerated since the bulb will degrade. Refrigerating garlic bulbs adds moisture to the bulb, which can cause it to mold. If you have fresh garlic that has been chopped or minced, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a short time, but use it as soon as possible. Freezing is not suggested because it alters the taste of the food.


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