Buy: Fresh and firm.
Store: Dark, cool room temperature with good air circulation. Not in the refrigerator. Lasts months if you have not broken the bulb; once you break the bulb, use the cloves quickly (3-10 days)
Signs garlic is bad: Shriveled or sprouting. Green center in garlic means that it is sprouting.
- Small bowl with ventilation holes or a paper bag.
- A shady corner of the kitchen counter is perfect for garlic.
- Sunlight and moisture
Ways to store garlic once you break the bulb:
Chopped garlic can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a couple of days.
Garlic Oil. You can completely submerge peeled garlic in a sealed glass jar and place it in the freezer. Puree one part garlic cloves and two parts olive oil, then freeze in a freezer-safe container.
Dried Garlic. Placed halved garlic on a baking sheet and bake at 150 degrees for 2 hours or until fully dried.
Garlic Salt. Put one part garlic in a food processor along with four parts sea salt. Blend until it forms a fine powder.