Find out how to store your garlic
Storing Garlicpreserving | grow your own
If you grow your own garlic
, then you’ll need to consider how you are going to store
it, so that you can make it last as long as possible and give you a reliable supply throughout the year.
is not stored correctly, then it will rapidly lose its flavour, nutritional value, and have to be discarded.
For garlic to keep for a long time, it first needs to be well dried
. First of all carefully wash
the bulbs and the roots making sure you do not break them. Ideally hang the garlic by its green stem if you can in a well-ventilated, shady, dry location for a week or two. Proper drying/curing is essential, so do not rush this process.
Now the garlic has dried (and its flavour intensified
) trim off the roots carefully and rub off the outer layer of papery skin around the bulb. Keep any damaged or split bulbs to one side since you’ll need to use these soon as they will not keep well.
Do not attempt to store garlic bulbs with visible sprouts as they are too ripe. They can of course be used immediately in cookery.
Garlic needs to be stored somewhere with good ventilation
(so that clean dry air moves over it), darkness
(to prevent sprouting), and a dry
atmosphere (to prevent moulding). Do not
store garlic in the fridge as it is too humid.
A mesh container, a terracotta garlic pot
(see above) or even a brown paper bag is perfect for garlic
, and it can be stored at around 15 degrees Celcius for many months
when stored in this way. However, once a bulb is broken open and you start to remove cloves, you need to use that bulb within a week or two.
Article Published: 14:44, 25th Nov 2010
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