How Long Does Garlic Last? Things To Do To Extend Its Life


So, let’s talk about garlic this time. You know how important garlic is when it comes to giving the flavor you need as you cook. In fact, it is referred to be the most-used herb or spice once cooking. It is used in almost every recipe. However, the question is, how long does garlic last? Or do garlic even go bad? Here, we’ll find out the answer.


How Long Does Garlic Last?


So, for the question how long does garlic last, the answer would depend on some factors and storage is the crucial one.

If you have fresh and whole garlic, it might last for almost 3 to 6 months once stored on the counter. On the other hand, fresh garlic cloves could only last for about a month or two on the counter.

Once stored in a fridge, a fresh and chopped garlic could last for a week while a prepared jar of chopped garlic might last for about 2 to 3 months in the fridge.

Indeed, the shelf life of garlic is determined by how you store it. Below, I will discuss things you can consider in order to extend the shelf life of the garlic.

How to Extend Shelf Life of Garlic?


It is said that the easiest way of storing garlic at home is to put it in mesh bags or loosely woven baskets. But, other ways could extend the shelf life of the garlic. Garlic might be kept the longest once stored at 60 to 65 degrees and once in moderate humidity.

Here are some of the ways to extend the life of garlic:

In The Freezer

Garlic could be frozen though some people might think frozen one isn’t quite as good as fresh. Put the peeled cloves into a food processor or a blender with a bit amount of water then pulse until they are minced evenly.

This is considered as the quickest way in order to prepare the garlic for freezer storage.

After that, freeze the puree in the ice cube trays, or you could spread it out in the tin layer on the silicone sheet. If already frozen, you can store the cubes or pieces in the airtight container.

In The Fridge

The humidity problem could be addressed if you are to store garlic in a crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Just take note that if the said item has been in the cold, it might begin sprouting within several days right after being brought to room temp.

Once you store it this way, just keep it in the fridge up until you are ready to use it.

You might also store extra chopped garlic or peeled cloves for a couple of weeks in the fridge placed in a small and tightly covered container.

In The Dehydrator

Making your dehydrated garlic is effortless. You need to slice the peeled garlic thinly and pop the slices in the food dehydrator or to a barely warm oven along with the door propped slightly open and maintained a temperature at 115 degrees.

If the slices are crisp, you can store them in an airtight container as is or you could chop them in the blender before storing them in the airtight container.

Indeed, dried garlic stores well at room temperature for several months so long as the container is tightly sealed and airtight.

Signs of Spoiled, Bad or Rotten Garlic


Indeed, practicing proper hygiene as well as food safety techniques would help in preventing foodborne illnesses.

Though not considered as an excellent test, observing the cloves is the ideal way in order to tell if the garlic has already gone bad.

Some of the common qualities of bad garlic are brown spots on its cloves as well as the color of the cloves might change from white to a yellowish-tan. Garlic might taste a lot hotter once at this stage.

Another thing to notice is that there are green roots in the center of the cloves which are considered as new sprouts. These new sprouts would taste bitter then must be removed from the center parting a milder flavor behind.

Of course, certain health risks are associated with spoiled foods so make sure to practice food safety then enjoy the foods before it expires.


    Hi There! Welcome to Cooking Is Passio where I can tell you the things I love. My name is Vivian Carpenter. I am not only a foodie at heart but also passionate about cooking. I rely on the support of other cooking blogs like me to get new cooking tips as well as new recipes. This blog is the great way to share my experience and my love cooking with others. And I hope this blog can help you - the cooking lovers like me - cook your favorite dishes.

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