HOW TO STORE GARLIC
If you don’t know how to store garlic to maximize its shelf life here is the answer.
Garlic optimal storing conditions are: humidity of 40-50% and temperature in the region of 56°F – 64°F (13°C – 18°C) in a container with lots of air flow
… The truth is that an average temperature in any home is higher than that. Not to worry!
The key and the solution is to give your garlic air to breath and keeping it outside of any airtight or high humidity environment.
Refrigerator, plastic bags, airtight boxes, cupboards are a NO NO for storing garlic.
Any shaded place with a free air access is good enough to keep garlic fresh and healthy for long enough!
These are a great examples of storage solutions I have in mind. Note that you can store so much more in them than just garlic. I particularly like the hanging baskets, because they save the space and are out of the way!
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Remember the following
- Lots of air flow in a balanced, cool environment is best. Garlic does not like to be locked in airtight containers.
- Avoid storing garlic in the fridge. High humidity and low temperature have negative effect on storage of garlic.
- There are numerous garlic storage containers available on the market which you can take advantage of however, following the above rules can extend the life of your garlic.
- DO NOT STORE RAW GARLIC IN OIL AS THIS CREATES DEADLY BOTULISM
How not to store garlic and why things go wrong
- Garlic’s storage life ends prematurely mainly due to either sprouting, drying out or a disease.
- Garlic stored in temperatures of between 40°F – 50°F (4°C – 10°C) is likely to sprout.
- Garlic stored in temperatures above 68°F (20°C) might start shrinking.
- 70% humidity or higher will cause garlic’s roots to emerge and mold is likely to form. You will shorten, not extend, your garlic’s life by storing it in the fridge – it is a very humid environment which will promote mold development.
If you grow your own garlic and want it to store well after harvest do not overwater or over fertilize it while it is still in the ground.