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Wondering if you can freeze garlic? Here’s what to know about whether this aromatic vegetable holds up over time.

Can you freeze garlic

Got lots of garlic on hand and not sure you’ll use all of it? Around here, we go through garlic like it’s water. It’s the ideal aromatic vegetable to add savory seasoning to soups, stews, sauces, pastas, and more! But wondering whether you can preserve it in the freezer? Here’s what to know about storing this versatile veggie.

Can you freeze garlic?

Garlic freezes well: the flavor of this aromatic vegetable is preserved during the process. The texture does become softer after thawing, but garlic is often served cooked so this is not an issue. Use frozen garlic in cooked dishes like soups, stews, pastas, casseroles, sauces, sautes, garlic bread, and more. Frozen garlic lasts up to 6 months.

One caveat, though: whole garlic bulbs last for 3 to 6 months in the pantry. So it’s easiest to simply keep whole bulbs of garlic in a cool, dark place to preserve it. It lasts just as long as it does frozen! But if your garlic is peeled or it’s close to the end of its life in the pantry, you can freeze it to preserve it even longer.

How to freeze garlic

Whole unpeeled garlic bulbs last 3 to 6 months in the pantry, so storing it in a cool, dark place for the long term is the best bet. Peeled garlic cloves last for 1 week refrigerated, so freezing them is a good way to preserve them for up to 6 months. Here’s how to freeze garlic:

  1. Peel the garlic cloves.
  2. Place the garlic cloves in aluminum foil and wrap them tightly.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container or sealable freezer-safe bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. Mark a “Use by” date 3 to 6 months in the future.
  4. Place in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months; for best results, use within 3 months.
Can you freeze garlic

Tips for how to use frozen garlic

Frozen garlic can be used right from the freezer in cooked dishes: no need to defrost! Here are a few tips:

  • Use frozen garlic only in cooked dishes, like soups, stews, pastas, casseroles, sauces, sautes, garlic bread, and more. It’s best not to use garlic in recipes that call for raw garlic.
  • Frozen garlic can be added right to cooked dishes without defrosting. You can simply remove the garlic cloves from the freezer and mince them right away.
  • Use within 3 months. The flavor can degrade the longer it is frozen. While garlic lasts up to 6 months, for best results we recommend using it within 3 months.

Freezing other vegetables & fruits

All veggies, fruits and dairy products hold up differently in the freezer! Here’s what to know about freezing different foods:

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Can you freeze garlic

Can You Freeze Garlic?


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Wondering if you can freeze garlic? Here’s what to know about whether this aromatic vegetable holds up over time.


Ingredients

  • Garlic

Instructions

  1. Peel the garlic cloves.
  2. Wrap the cloves tightly in aluminum foil.
  3. Transfer the foil packet to a sealable freezer-safe bag. Use a straw to suck out all extra air, then seal the bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. Use directly in cooked dishes; no need to thaw before mincing.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Can you freeze garlic

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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