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how long to let Garlic dry before selling ?

Posted by kvbch Zone 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 18, 06 at 11:56

I have about 200 beautiful garlic bulbs hanging in the barn drying --- they were harvested 3 weeks ago and I am going to be selling them at the local farmer's market soon.

*My question is, how long do I need to let them dry -- they are a 50/50 mixture of softnecks and hardnecks by the way --- before I sell them to the public ??

Many thanks!

Kevin

Deep Southern Illinois


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RE: how long to let Garlic dry before selling ?

I've seen as little as a week recommended and that sounds reasonable if they're not thick. If you have them in a larger bundle the inner ones may be a bit damp still. Theres no real set timeline, just when the outer paper feels dry and crumbly (like storebought garlic) they are ready to go.


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RE: how long to let Garlic dry before selling ?

I start selling mine as fresh garlic as soon as dug then wait a couple of weeks before cleaning and grading the majority. I like it nicely dried befor packing it in pecks and larger containers. I have found that hanging in bunches of 12 works best, for me, tried larger bunches up to 25 but it didn't dry down as well nor as fast.


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