How long can you keep fresh garlic cloves?

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Shae T. January 23, 2018
I usually keep fresh garlic cloves in the fridge. I store unpeeled cloves of garlic it stores 2 – 3 weeks. If you choose a freezer it will keep garlic for up to 10 – 12 months. I got a great help from https://foodgear.org/how-long-does-garlic-last/, this site, to how to keep fresh garlic cloves. If you want you can check this link.
 
pierino January 13, 2012
The thing about the green germ/sprout is that it's really bitter. You can buy peeled cloves in a jar for convenience but they go off fairly quickly, so unless you use garlic (and a lot of garlic----say, you have a vampire problem) every day it's not a good purchase.
 
Helen's A. January 13, 2012
I agree with the recommendations above. I usually keep my garlic in the freezer in zip top bags. They thaw in no time on the counter.
 
creamtea January 13, 2012
They'll tell you when their days are numbered. As long as they are still plump and crisp w/no visible sprouting. Even if they've sprouted a little, just cut open and remove the germ (sprout).
 
Greenstuff January 13, 2012
It's so variable! The problem is not just drying out, but also mold or brown spots. You can trim them, but there's a limit. Shelf life can be days, or it can be months.
 

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Sam1148 January 13, 2012
Until they sprout, or dry out. And IMHO even if they sprout they're still good. When they're dry they're done.

What you do NOT want to do is pack them in oil. Garlic in oil stored, is a breeding ground for botulism.
 
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