STORING GARLIC CAN BE TRICKY. HERE ARE FEW TIPS ON HOW TO PROPERLY STORE YOUR FRESH GARLIC
Storing Garlic For Eating
Storing garlic uncovered, in a wire-mesh basket inside your kitchen cupboard or beneath a small overturned clay pot, is best. You can also store garlic in a paper bag or mesh bag. Just make sure there is plenty of dry air and very little light to inhibit sprouting. Always watch the bulbs to see if they are starting to get soft and if they are, use them right away.
Best Garlic Storage Temperatures
To avoid mold, do not store garlic in plastic bags. Garlic needs to breathe. Garlic stores best long term when it is stored between 35F and 65F and between 55% and 70% humidity. Once the garlic is cured, do not allow air to blow on the bulbs. This will dehydrate the bulbs and they will dry out. Do not have a dehumidifier around the garlic after the garlic has cured, as it will also dry the bulbs and decrease storage life.
To get the longest storage life out of your garlic, I recommend putting the garlic bulbs in a brown paper bag and putting them in the refrigerator. When they come out of cold storage, they will want to sprout, thinking it is time to grow, so only take them out as needed. After the garlic has been in cold temperatures, and if you leave the garlic out in normal temperatures, it will sprout and deteriorate quickly. I also like to separate the cloves, remove all of the wrappers and store the clean cloves in a glass jar in the fridge. When cooking, I simply can grab one or two out of the jar, chop it up and toss it in into my pan ~ boom done! Quick and easy!