Embark on a flavourful journey as our master garlic-grower Shane shares some simple yet powerful tips on how to store fresh garlic, ensuring its delectable taste lingers for an extended period. Bid farewell to those pesky sprouts and welcome a pantry brimming with fragrant, readily available garlic cloves!
Shane's Top Tips for Perfect Fresh Garlic Storage
Choose Quality Garlic (like Kangaroo Island Fresh Garlic)
It all starts with selecting the best garlic. Avoid trying to store any cloves that feel soft or show signs of sprouting. Quality matters when it comes to longevity and flavour!
Store in a Cool, Dark Place
Garlic prefers a cool, dark environment. Keep it away from direct sunlight and store it in a well-ventilated area. A pantry or cupboard works wonders to maintain your delicious Kangaroo Island garlic for longer.
Don't Refrigerate Unpeeled Garlic
While the fridge is a haven for many foods, unpeeled garlic cloves aren't fans of the cold. The moisture can cause them to sprout or develop mould. Keep your garlic out of the fridge for longer-lasting freshness.
Use a Breathable Container
If you prefer to store garlic in a container, make sure it's breathable. A paper bag or a mesh container allows proper air circulation, preventing moisture buildup and maintaining the ideal conditions for garlic storage.
Separate Cloves Only When Ready to Use
Garlic cloves are like best friends – they like to stick together. Keep the bulbs intact until you're ready to use them. This helps retain freshness and prevents individual cloves from drying out or sprouting prematurely.
Freeze for Extended Lifespan
If you find yourself with an abundance of garlic, consider freezing it. Peel and chop the cloves, spread them on a tray, freeze them, and transfer them to an airtight container. Frozen garlic works well in cooked dishes, and its flavour remains surprisingly intact.
Moisture is the enemy of fresh garlic. Keep it away from damp conditions. Excess moisture can lead to mould and sprouting. Ensure your storage area is dry, and don't wash the bulbs until you're ready to use them.
Keeping your garlic fresh and flavourful is as simple as providing it with the right environment. From choosing quality Kangaroo Island-grown bulbs to storing them in breathable containers, Shane's tips will ensure that your garlic remains a kitchen superstar.
Say goodbye to those sad, sprouted cloves and hello to a pantry filled with the pungent aroma of fresh garlic – ready to elevate your culinary creations! Happy cooking!