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How To Preserve Peeled Garlic

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If you like cooking aromatic dishes packed with flavor, garlic is probably one of your favorite ingredients. Knowing different methods to preserve peeled garlic will ensure that you always have it at hand. 

But how to preserve peeled garlic? You can preserve peeled garlic in the fridge in different liquids. The easiest method is preserving it in a jar of vinegar or wine. Garlic will last up to 4 months in the fridge with this method. You can also preserve small quantities of garlic in oil for up to 4 days. 

Continue reading for step-by-step instructions on the best ways to preserve peeled garlic in vinegar, wine, and oil. Hopefully, you’ll never have to worry about your peeled garlic going bad again.

Methods of Preserving Peeled Garlic 

Peeled garlic doesn’t last as long in the fridge as it does in the freezer. But freezing peeled garlic affects the texture of the cloves, making them softer. 

It can certainly be a challenge trying to figure out how to keep your fresh garlic from going to waste. Luckily, we’re here to help.

So, if you want to extend the shelf life of fresh peeled garlic but keep it crunchy and crisp, here are two easy methods to preserve peeled garlic long term.

1. Preserving Peeled Garlic In Vinegar

Preserving garlic in vinegar is very easy. It is also a great method for those who are looking for a way to preserve peeled garlic so that it doesn’t change its flavor. Due to its natural oils, garlic doesn’t absorb the vinegar. 

However, vinegar keeps garlic and other foods fresh for longer because of its high acidity, which kills off harmful bacteria and acts as a natural preservative. That’s why it’s used for pickling as well.

Here’s how to preserve peeled garlic in vinegar:

  1. Prepare garlic cloves and put them in a sterilized jar. 
  2. Fill the jar with vinegar so that there is an inch left between the liquid and the lid. The vinegar should cover the garlic. 
  3. Add salt, herbs, and spices (optional).
  4. Give the mixture a stir to get rid of bubbles and close the jar. 
  5. Label the jar with the date and store it in the fridge.
  6. Use within 4 months.  

When using garlic preserved in vinegar, take out as many cloves as you need with a spoon, give them a quick rinse, and use them just like you normally would for your favorite recipes.

You can use the vinegar infused with garlic to make an amazing salad dressing or add it to anything you would usually add your vinegar to for a subtle kick of garlic as well.

2. Preserving Peeled Garlic In Wine

Preserving garlic in wine is for the bold. If you want garlic cloves with enhanced flavor, then you should certainly try preserving peeled garlic in red wine. You can also use white wine or a mixture of wine and vinegar. 

Being a fermented product, wine is full of antimicrobial acids that kill off bad bacteria just like vinegar.

You may want to experiment with a few different brands, mixtures, and types of wines to create your perfect blend of savory and umami flavors. When it comes to your kitchen, it’s all about your own personal tastes and preferences!

Here’s how to preserve peeled garlic in wine:

  1. Put peeled garlic cloves (whole or chopped) in a sterilized jar of your desired size. 
  2. (Optional) Add spices to taste. You could even flavor it with bay leaves, tarragon, or truffles, or give it a kick of spice with red chili. 
  3. Fill the jar with red wine (or white) so that the cloves are covered. 
  4. Give it a stir and close the lid.
  5. Label the jar with the date and store in the fridge. 
  6. Use within 4 months

As always, please keep in mind that if you ever notice an off-putting smell or taste or even see mold growing on the garlic, you should never consume it and instead toss it in the trash immediately.

How To Store Peeled Garlic In Oil

Preserving garlic in oil should be done with extreme caution. If you don’t provide the necessary conditions for garlic preserved in oil, there is a high risk of growing unwanted bacteria that can cause botulism. 

The reason why storing garlic in oil is risky is because, unlike wine and vinegar, garlic has low acidity and once submerged in oil, ideal conditions are provided for bacterial growth. 

Garlic preserved in oil should never be stored at room temperature. Even when stored in the fridge, the sooner you eat it, the better. 

This preservation method is meant to be used more as a way to prepare garlic for use within the next few days rather than the long term.

Here is how to preserve garlic in oil safely:

  1. Put peeled garlic cloves in a jar.  You may or may not cook peeled garlic for this method. You can fry, roast, or poach garlic cloves to not only give them a beautiful color but also extend their shelf life. 
  2. Pour olive oil on top so that the garlic cloves are submerged. 
  3. Customize the flavor with your desired spices. 
  4. Stir to get rid of bubbles. 
  5. Label with the date. This step is crucial, as eating garlic preserved in oil that has been sitting in the fridge for even a day longer than intended may result in serious health issues. 

Raw garlic preserved in oil should be kept for no more than 3-4 days in the fridge. 

If you want your garlic to last longer, put the cloves preserved in oil in the freezer where they will keep for several months. For convenient use, blend minced garlic cloves with oil and pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. 

Cooked garlic cloves can be preserved in oil and stored in the fridge for up to 14 days. 

If you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve found a wonderful tutorial by CollieryGarden on YouTube explaining how to safely preserve garlic in olive oil. Check it out below!

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