Garlic is a type of herb that can add a delicious flavor to many dishes like Stir-fried water spinach with garlic, and stir-fried beef,…. However, fresh garlic can only last a few days, so buying and storing garlic for later is common. Garlic has a complex chemical composition with many different compounds so improper storage can lead to undesirable changes in taste. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best practices for storing garlic
How to Choose High-Quality Garlic
The quality of garlic greatly affects its shelf life, so you must know how to choose garlic to preserve it longer. Here are a 4 Tips when choosing garlic you can refer to:
- For selecting the best garlic, the key is to look for bulbs that are firm, heavy, and large. Avoid garlic that is soft, as this can indicate that it is past its prime and may not have the same level of flavor. Additionally, look for garlic that has uniform cloves and little to no crushed cloves, as these can be signs of a lower-quality product. By carefully inspecting each bulb, you can ensure that you are selecting only the highest-quality garlic for your next dish.
- Choosing garlic bulbs that are intact, with dry peels and no signs of mold. The color of the garlic can also help you determine its quality. Garlic that is slightly glossy white may not have as many nutritional benefits as garlic with a purple stripe or that is entirely purple. Look for garlic with a firm texture and an intense, but not overpowering smell. By taking the time to choose the right garlic, you can be sure to get the most flavor and nutrients out of your garlic.
- Look for bulbs that are tightly packed together in the stem. It may be more difficult to peel, but it will be of higher quality than open-mouthed garlic, which can be prone to molds and other contaminants. This is because when the cloves are tightly packed together, it’s more difficult for any molds or contaminants to penetrate the cloves. So, although it may take a little extra effort to peel, you’ll be sure to get a clove of good-quality garlic that won’t be contaminated with molds.
- Look for the color: The garlic bulbs should be firm and white, without any yellow or gray spots. This is because yellow or gray garlic is a sign that it is starting to go bad, so it won’t have the same strong aroma or last as long as fresher cloves. In addition to the color, you’ll want to make sure the cloves are firm and not overly soft, as these are more likely to have been kept in storage for too long. Additionally, make sure the cloves don’t have any signs of mold, as this indicates they may have been exposed to moisture. Finally, if you are able to, give the garlic a sniff – it should have a strong, pungent aroma. If it doesn’t, the garlic is likely past its prime.
How to Store Garlic For Months
If the garlic isn’t stored properly, it can easily become damaged, rotten, or even moldy, resulting in wasted garlic and money. Eating spoiled garlic can even have serious health implications, as it can lead to food poisoning. To make sure you get the best quality garlic, take the time to inspect it in the store: choose garlic that is firm, has smooth skin, and is free of mold. Make sure to store your garlic in a cool, dry place, and you’ll have a delicious and safe ingredient for your meals.
Here are a few tips to keep garlic longer:
- Store garlic at room temperature
- Store peeled garlic in the refrigerator
- Dry for better preservation
Store dried garlic at room temperature
If you want to store your garlic for an extended period of time, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you should store it in a dry, ventilated place. Use a basket with holes for ventilation or a mesh bag to ensure that air can circulate around the garlic. This will help prevent bacteria from attacking the garlic peel. You should also store your garlic at room temperature, which is typically 23 to 26 degrees Celsius. For even longer storage, you can put the garlic in a vacuum bag, then add a small bag of roasted salt. The roasted salt helps absorb moisture from the garlic, keeping it preserved for an even longer period of time. You can also use baking soda, ginger, or a desiccant bag instead of the roasted salt. No matter which method you choose, remember to check the garlic regularly and remove any damaged bulbs to prevent any spread of bacteria.
Store peeled garlic in the refrigerator
Storing garlic in the refrigerator is a great way to keep it fresh and make it more convenient to use. However, it’s important to store it properly to prevent spoilage. Here you will find out how to store peeled garlic correctly. First, wash and drain the garlic thoroughly after peeling it. Then, transfer the garlic to an airtight container or glass jar. If you are using a plastic container, make sure it is sealed well to prevent the garlic smell from affecting other food items in your fridge. You can also mince or thinly slice the garlic and put it in a zip bag before freezing it. This way you will have pre-portioned garlic that’s ready to use. Although this method is convenient, it does reduce garlic’s nutritional value.
It’s also important to note that garlic stored in the refrigerator will last for about a month. If you want to prolong its shelf life, you may want to consider freezing it. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container or bag and it should be good to use for up to 6 months.
How to store peeled garlic in the refrigerator
Preserving garlic is a great way to make sure you have it on hand when you need it. You can do this either by roasting or drying it. To dry your garlic, start by peeling and washing it. Cut the garlic vertically, or however you need it for your recipe, then either use a food dryer or put the garlic in a baking tray and bake it in your oven at 55-60 degrees Celsius for two hours. Then reduce the temperature to 50 degrees Celsius and continue baking until the garlic is completely dry. This way you can store the garlic for up to a year. Roasting the garlic is another great option. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, cut the garlic head in half, drizzle it with olive oil, season it with salt and pepper, and wrap it in aluminum foil. Bake it for 30-40 minutes, and you’ll have delicious roasted garlic that you can store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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