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Can You Freeze Garlic? Whole Clove, Peeled, or Chopped

Can you freeze garlic?
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Ever wondered whether you can freeze garlic? If you have leftover garlic and don’t want it to go to waste, follow this guide on how you can freeze garlic, totally plastic-free.

Can You Freeze Garlic?

The short answer is yes! What’s more, you can freeze garlic whole, peeled and chopped. So whatever kind of garlic you have leftover, it can be frozen and stored for another time.

Freezing garlic can also be done totally plastic-free. All you will need is either a plastic-free airtight container, like bamboo or glass, or a freezer-safe mason jar.

How to Freeze Garlic

You can freeze whole garlic cloves, peeled and chopped, plastic-free.
You can freeze whole garlic cloves, peeled and chopped, plastic-free. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / postchiangmai0)

Freezing garlic could not be easier. If you have peeled the clove, or even chopped it, garlic can still be frozen.

Here’s how to freeze garlic: 

  1. Freezing whole garlic bulbs: Place the whole bulb in your plastic-free airtight container, making sure it is well sealed, and place it in the freezer. When freezing whole garlic bulbs, only select the firm, dry bulbs that don’t have any signs of rotting.
  2. Freezing peeled garlic cloves: To help with reducing prep time in the kitchen, you can peel garlic cloves and freeze them. Once peeled, wrap your garlic cloves in beeswax paper before placing them in your plastic-free airtight container. This will help prevent freezer burn.
  3. Freezing chopped garlic: To reduce prepping time in the kitchen even further, you can also freeze chopped garlic. Once you have chopped all your garlic, all you need to do it place the garlic in your plastic-free freezer-safe container.

For How Long Can You Freeze Garlic?

Whole bulbs of frozen garlic will last in the freezer for more than six months. Peeled and chopped garlic can be stored in the freezer for several weeks without getting spoiled.

How to Thaw Frozen Garlic

Garlic can be thawed at room temperature, placed in a bowl of warm water, or thrown straight into a pan from frozen.
Garlic can be thawed at room temperature, placed in a bowl of warm water, or thrown straight into a pan from frozen. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Skitterphoto)

For best use, let your frozen garlic thaw at room temperature before using it in your cooking. This will help the garlic to keep all its original, natural flavors. Whole garlic bulbs or cloves can also be placed into a bowl of warm water to speed up the process if needed.

However, if you are in a rush, frozen garlic can be thrown straight from the freezer into the pan for cooking and still taste delicious.

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