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    Default How to keep garlic from sprouting?

    I don't use a bulb of garlic before it starts sprouting, because DH doesn't care for garlic much. I prefer the fresh garlic, and to me the preminced in the jars, just don't have the intense garlic flavor I like. So how do I keep garlic from sprouting before I use it? I've tried keeping it in the pantry, in the fridge, whole, in pieces, peeled, unpeeled. It's not that expensive that I can't just buy more later, but I want to keep some on hand.
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    I keep mine in a covered garlic jar in my dark cabinet. I bought one of thos garlic wreaths and it starting sprouting in a week. I think because of light and the warm spot it was in.

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    No help here. I use it too fast for it to sprout. I keep mine in an OOOOOOLD lidded glass dish that was my grandmas. Not sure if that is the right way to store it, but since it doesn't last long, it works.
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    I use about a bulb a week, so thats how I buy it - one bulb at a time. I keep it in the fridge. Even if I go for weeks without using it, I've never had it sprout in the fridge.

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    I googled......

    How Not to Store Garlic
    Important: Never store raw garlic in oil - this can lead to botulism and possible death. See the warnings page for more information.

    Garlic heads and cloves should also not be stored in your kitchen fridge. If garlic is refrigerated then it is likely to go soft and mouldy. The same problem is likely to occur if garlic is stored in a sealed plastic container.

    How to Store Garlic
    Garlic needs to be stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

    Garlic also needs to "breathe" and allowing the correct air circulation will extend its shelf life. An excellent way to store garlic is in a special garlic keeper. These are designed with holes to allow the air to circulate and also have the advantage of looking good in the kitchen. Personally I use a small one of these that can hold about three bulbs. I don't store more than that at any one time.

    Some people like to store their garlic by freezing it. Personally I've never seen the point when fresh garlic is available to buy so easily.

    If garlic begins to sprout or go soft then it is past its prime. Throw it out.
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    Thanks girls!
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    My garlic usually sprouts and I use a lot of it. I think this is because it isn't all that fresh from the grocer. I used to have a ceramic garlic holder (with air holes) and they would still sprout in that. I had about 8 that sprouted a few weeks ago and I planted them, and half of them are coming up already. I probably won't grow them to maturity, but use them when they still look like an onion bulb. At least it is a way to still use the garlic without throwing it out!

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    I remember the warnings about raw garlic stored in oil. I used to buy about 100 peeled raw cloves for $1.00 from the Produce Junction and throw 'em in EVOO and keep 'em for MONTHS... even using the oil left for cooking. Yikes!!

    When mine sprout, I just slice 'em in half and remove the green "sprouted" part and use the rest.
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    I used to do a similar thing, until I read the warning about raw garlic in oil. I used to make and still do at times, my own vinegraette ( sp ?) salad dressing, and I would toss raw garlic in it and keep it up to 2 weeks or so in the fridge. We never got sick from it, but I don't do it anymore.
    I keep fresh garlic in a small glass jar on top of my kitchen counter, away from the light. It keeps , but I do use it very quickly, we like garlic. Don't really have a problem with sprouting.

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    i make my own her infused oils, with raw garlic ... guess if you don't see me here hehehehe

    i do see garlic sol,d frozen, though - have you tried it ?
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