- Fresh garlic bulbs
- Small glass jars with lids
- Olive oil (optional)
- Salt (optional)
- Start by selecting fresh garlic bulbs. Ensure they are free from any mold or soft spots. You can use as many bulbs as you like; just make sure they are in good condition.
- Carefully separate the cloves from the bulbs. You can leave the cloves unpeeled; there’s no need to remove the skin.
- If you’d like, you can add some flavor to your preserved garlic. For this, you can sprinkle a pinch of salt over the cloves or even infuse them with olive oil. These are optional steps but can enhance the flavor.
- Place the garlic cloves into clean, dry glass jars. Leave some space at the top to allow for expansion.
- Seal the jars tightly with their lids.
- Now, here’s the secret trick: Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place. Ideally, you should aim for temperatures between 55°F and 65°F (13°C to 18°C). This is the key to preserving garlic for an extended period.
- Check the garlic cloves periodically to ensure they remain fresh. If you notice any signs of sprouting or mold, remove those cloves immediately to prevent them from affecting the rest.
- When you’re ready to use the preserved garlic, simply remove the desired number of cloves from the jar. They should still be fresh and flavorful.
- It’s important to keep the jars sealed tightly to prevent air and moisture from getting in, as these can lead to spoilage.
- Remember that adding olive oil can impart a delicious garlic-infused oil, perfect for cooking and salad dressings.
- Properly stored, your preserved garlic can stay fresh for up to a year, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of this versatile ingredient year-round.