How to Preserve Garlic in Oil and Other Tips for Storing

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Garlic is undeniably a kitchen favorite. A trip to the grocery store rarely excludes a bulb of garlic from the shopping list. Its rich flavor makes it a go-to ingredient for many dishes, from roasted garlic spreads to the much-loved garlic bread. For the garlic lovers among us, having lots of garlic at hand is a must. But how do you store that much garlic, ensuring its freshness and nutritional value? Enter the art of preserving garlic in oil and other tips for storing them.


Whole Cloves Preserved in Oil

  • Preparation: Peel off the papery skin from fresh garlic cloves, leaving the individual cloves intact.

  • Sterilizing the Jar: Boil the jar and its lid in water for about 10 minutes, then dry thoroughly.

  • Packing the Jar: Place the whole cloves of garlic into the sterilized jar. Leave some space at the top so not to overpack it.

  • Adding the Oil: Pour your choice of oil (extra virgin olive oil is recommended for its flavor) over the garlic, ensuring the cloves are entirely submerged.

  • Storage: Seal the jar tightly and store it in a refrigerator.

  • Usage: Garlic preserved in oil is perfect for dressings or garlic bread.

Minced Garlic Preserved in Oil

  • Preparation: Peel the required amount of garlic. Once peeled, use a food processor to mince the garlic evenly.

  • Filling the Ice Cube Trays: Transfer the minced garlic into ice cube trays, distributing evenly.

  • Adding the Oil: Gently pour your choice of oil (extra virgin olive oil is recommended for its flavor) over the minced garlic.

  • Freezing: Place the ice cube trays in the freezer.

  • Storage for Long-Term: Once frozen, pop out the garlic cubes and transfer them to a freezer bag.

  • Usage: These frozen garlic cubes are great for stews, soups, stir-fries, or any recipe that calls for garlic. They save time and retain the garlic's fresh flavor.

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