Preserving The Harvest: Garlic

by Tammy Taylor

We eat a lot of garlic, it lends a pretty vibrant flavor to even the simplest savory dishes and the health benefits of garlic are well documented.  But how do you eat a harvest-full of garlic before it goes bad?

We grow lots of garlic, and we make sure to preserve it so it's not wasted. See what methods are successful for us. #TaylorMadeRanch

We usually grow many cloves of garlic in our garden – I understand they repel aphids and beetles in the garden and make great companion plants for tomatoes and peppers so I usually plant them close by those crops when I can.

Garlic in the garden - We grow lots of garlic, and we make sure to preserve it so it's not wasted. See what methods are successful for us. #TaylorMadeRanch

When I harvest my garlic, I strip off the extra outside leaves to both clean off any clinging dirt as well as allow quicker drying of  the clove.  Then when the garlic is pretty dry I use the cotton string from a cattle feed bag and tie the garlic in layers.  I hang the whole thing on this handy-dandy hanger I found at a Wolfe City antique shop.  The arm folds out for hanging and folds back flush with the wall when not in use.  I loved it so much that I bought two of them at the antique store and now have them hanging on either side of my pantry. (Don’t you just LOVE it??)

Galic Hanging - We grow lots of garlic, and we make sure to preserve it so it's not wasted. See what methods are successful for us. #TaylorMadeRanch

But even through I’m using garlic pretty consistently I can never use it all fresh and I’d like to have some to use in the winter months as well.  I preserve the extra garlic by separating the bulb and then stripping the cloves themselves, as if ready to use.

Garlic Cloves - We grow lots of garlic, and we make sure to preserve it so it's not wasted. See what methods are successful for us. #TaylorMadeRanch

Then I place all these cloves into a repurposed spice container that I keep in the door of my freezer.  The cloves don’t stick together so when I want to use a clove of garlic I simply bring out my container, pull out a single clove and mince with a knife (garlic doesn’t freeze rock hard) or run it through my garlic press.

We grow lots of garlic, and we make sure to preserve it so it's not wasted. See what methods are successful for us. #TaylorMadeRanch - Garlic Cloves Frozen

We’ve noticed no difference in taste and since garlic is typically cooked in some way obviously there would be no difference in texture either.  Add to that benefit that I’ve repurposed a container and also side-stepped buying something at the store that I can easily grow myself, which of course is important to me from an environmental standpoint.  It’s good for my budget as well since I strive to provide as much for myself as I can before resorting to purchasing a product.  Have you ever tried to preserve your abundance of garlic from the garden?  What worked best for you?

~TMR~

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Preserving The Harvest: Garlic

  1. Lisa M

    I never thought of freezing whole cloves. Great idea! Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back this week! Lisa

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  2. Kim~madeinaday

    Great tips on saving a ton of garlic, I always get minced, I just may buy it fresh now! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post tomorrow on my Twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week! Best, Kim

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  3. Sue Mosier

    I grow hard neck garlic. I store all the garlic I grow in my basement. My basement is climate controlled most of the year. In the winter we heat our house with wood and our basement is not heated. It can get down to about 50 degrees down there. My garlic stays nice and tight all year until I am ready to harvest the previous year.

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  5. Heather may

    I absolutely LOVE garlic. In and on everything! I wanted to plant it this year but didn’t get to. Next year…its’ game on and hopefully I will have enough! I love it so much that–when company is coming over–instead of using air freshener or candles…I simply toss a bulb of garlic in the oven for a few minutes. Smells so inviting and then is ready to use on bread!! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along–and for making me hungry!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Heather, we eat lots of garlic as well but in the past other than hanging the cloves to dry them I didn’t have another method of preserving. Peeling and freezing the cloves has been HUGE for me having more garlic at my disposal. Next I’d love to dehydrate and grind the cloves for my own garlic powder. ~TMR~

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  6. Sandra

    I wanted to let you know that you were one of my featured post on the HomeAcre Hop this week! http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com/2013/08/the-homeacre-hop.html

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  7. Cathy

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ Have a terrific week! Hugs, Cathy

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  8. Vickie @ Making Our Sustainable Life

    I love garlic any way I can get it! I am also growing some this year next to my tomatoes and peppers, and I will be harvesting them soon. I didn’t know you could freeze the cloves whole, so I am going to try this. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I really didn’t know about freezing garlic either Vickie until I gave it a try. It works beautifully for us. ~TMR~

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  9. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    We grow garlic, but I’ve never tried freezing it! Thank you for sharing this tip at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove

    I haven’t got to our garlic yet. I plan to pickle a lot this year. your garlic heads look wonderful! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh, diann, I’ve never thought about pickling the cloves. Hummmm…. sounds delicious! ~TMR~

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  11. Chris W

    I mince my garlic in a food processor and then add to a small jar. Add a thin layer of olive oil; screw on the lid and refrigerate. A 1/2 tsp. equals 1 garlic clove. So convenient when you need some minced garlic for a recipe. Top off with more oil as needed.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh Chris that’s a great idea – fresh minced garlic right in your fridge. Thanks for sharing. ~TMR~

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  12. farmer Liz

    freezing is a good idea, I did’t know you could do that. I haven’t managed to grow much garlic myself, but we bought some when it was cheap last season and chopped half of it into pieces, dehydrated it, and made garlic granules. We’ve run out of the half that we left fresh and using the granules now, its actually quite convenient, although I have to remind husband to only use a little, as its very strong! I wrote about this on my blog if you want the details.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I would love to dehydrate garlic – haven’t tried it yet but it promises to be on the short list! ~TMR~

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  13. Rita Caldwell

    I just harvested all of mine and cleaned it up, laid it on a flat board in our woodhouse until it dried and now have it in a basket in the kitchen. I would love to know if you dehydrated it whole and then stored or just dried it like I did and then freeze it. There’s nothing like the smell of onions and garlic in anything you cook. Rita

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  14. Candy C.

    I buy my garlic at the Farmer’s Market and never seem to be able to use it all before it dries out. I will certainly try your tip of freezing it next time!! Thanks! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Give it a try Candy, I think you’ll be pleased and no more wasted garlic! ~TMR~

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  15. Sally

    My hard necked garlic was fine well in to January when I used the last of it. My soft necked garlic was braided and hung in the kitchen until April when I sliced and dehydrated the remaining cloves. I store the dehydrated garlic in a sealed jar to grind into powder as needed. This dehydrated state will last years.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Sally, I’m so anxious to dehydrate and grind my garlic. What do you use to grind it? ~TMR~

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