Garlic

lizgross144(5a)July 19, 2014

I just harvested 75 heads of gorgeous hard neck garlic. I have it hanging in a dark spot in my garage to cure. I usually just keep it in the basement and use it throughout the year (and for seed, of course). Does anyone preserve their garlic in any other way I should consider?

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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

You can pickle it, but I haven't done so yet. Or you can dehydrate it (slice or chop it prior to dehydrating) and then grind it into garlic powder. I've made homemade garlic powder and it is amazing.

Rodney

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:42PM
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lizgross144(5a)

oooh, Garlic powder sounds delicious. I should have thought about that. I'll add it to my list!

-Liz

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:38AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Check out this article on the various ways of preserving it. We freeze and dehydrate most of outs.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Safe Methods for Preserving Garlic

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 2:26PM
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malna

I grow two rocambole varieties that are not long-keepers, so if I haven't used it all up while in its prime, I roast it and freeze it. Frozen roasted garlic keeps very well, so that's another way to preserve it.

Homemade garlic powder is fabulous, too. I love the smell of garlic, but I do grind it into powder out on the deck. Depending on the variety, it can be some potent stuff. No vampires here :-)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 7:17PM
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pattypan(z6b CT)

my garlic has a wire worm problem. even a month after storing i can find soft spots, which means a wormy clove. i separate the cloves, peel wash and slice the good ones, and freeze in olive oil in half-pint jars. and i really squish the garlic to get as much under oil as i can. i keep a jar in the fridge to use up within a few weeks. just plop a spoonful into the frying pan. i have saved dozens of bulbs this way. and california ranch o.o. has a best by date on the label, so i know it will be good for more than a year. does anyone have info on whether freezing cuts down the shelf life of olive oil ?
by the way malna, my german red rocambole (sans worms) will last 9-10 months in the basement, as long as some soft necks. i keep it near the floor and very dark .

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 5:01PM
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judydel

We harvested about a bushel in total of 4 varieties. We eat approximately a head (not toe) a day. After letting it dry out on our deck for a couple of days . . . we just keep it cool in our cellar and it lasts each year until gone.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 12:05PM
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pattypan(z6b CT)

on the deck....does that mean it gets sun ? our local garlic guru says to dry in the shade. this year, on the last dozen i dug, i peeled off the outer layer so i could inspect the clean bulbs for those tiny brown spots that indicate a worm has drilled a new home....

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 7:29AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I pickle them in straight vinegar. The older it gets , the better it is. No BWB or anything it can last for over 5 years. But then it is used as pickle not for cooking. For cooking , you can dice them and preserve them also by pressure canner.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:39PM
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pattypan(z6b CT)

you can also pickle them and then freeze in oil, a different taste after sauteing. i have some dried also. many slices are the color of light honey, with tinges of golden brown, did i overdry?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:49AM
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