Extend the Life of Your Garlic: A Simple Trick to Preserve It for Six Months

Preserve Your Garlic for Six Months with This Simple Trick
Preserve Your Garlic for Six Months with This Simple Trick

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Fresh garlic bulbs
  • Olive oil
  • A clean, sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid

Steps to Preserve Garlic:

  1. Prepare the Garlic:

    • Begin by selecting fresh, firm garlic bulbs. Avoid any that are soft or show signs of mold.
    • Peel the garlic cloves. You can do this quickly by placing the cloves in a jar, covering it, and shaking it vigorously. The skins should come off easily.
  2. Choose Your Preservation Method:

    • Olive Oil Preservation: This method not only preserves the garlic but also infuses the oil with a delightful garlic flavor.
      • Place the peeled garlic cloves in a clean, sterilized jar.
      • Pour enough olive oil over the cloves to completely submerge them.
      • Seal the jar tightly and store it in the refrigerator.
  3. Label and Store:

    • Label the jar with the date of preparation so you can keep track of how long it has been stored.
    • Store the jar in the refrigerator. The garlic cloves will remain fresh and ready to use for up to six months.

Using Preserved Garlic:

  • Cooking: Use the garlic cloves as you would fresh garlic in your recipes. The oil can also be used for sautéing or as a flavorful addition to dressings and marinades.
  • Flavor Booster: The garlic-infused oil can add a rich, aromatic touch to your dishes.

Safety Tips:

  • Always keep the garlic submerged in oil to prevent it from spoiling.
  • Use a clean spoon or fork to remove the garlic cloves or oil from the jar to maintain hygiene and prevent contamination.