How to Store Garlic


Garlic is an ideal addition to any garden as it is a heart-healthy herb and complements almost every savory dish. If you grow garlic, you most likely have a lot and need to store it. Even if you don't grow it, garlic usually comes in bunches when you purchase it. It needs to be stored out of sunlight and have proper air circulation. It is important to know how to store garlic properly to get the most use out of it as possible. There are a couple ways to store garlic properly.

Step 1

Put the whole bulb of garlic in a storage container, such as a plastic bowl with a lid. Store in a place that is cool and dry.

Step 2

Purchase a garlic keeper if you have garlic on hand constantly. These containers are designed just for garlic, with several holes on them to help air circulation. They are made in sizes to accommodate small and large amounts of bulbs. You can also make one yourself by punching holes in the top of a plastic container.

Step 3

Refrigerate the whole bulb of garlic if you have a large amount. However, if you can store it out of the refrigerator the garlic will maintain its freshness longer. Place the garlic in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. You can also mince the garlic and store it in an airtight container. It needs to be in an airtight container when minced because of the large amount of juice and oils that come from mincing. This will slow the aging process and make it easier to use while cooking as it is already prepared.

Step 4

Freeze the garlic in individual cloves, broken apart, if you are storing it for long periods of time. This alters the texture and the taste of garlic slightly, but is a way to store the bulbs. In the freezer, garlic can stay good for an indefinite period of time.

Step 5

Make sure the garlic is still good after removing it from storage. If the garlic has begun to sprout green, it is past ripe and should be thrown away.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not store garlic in oil. This creates toxins and can be harmful to your health.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container
  • Garlic keeper
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Plastic bags


  • Garlic Information
  • Storing Garlic
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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.