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What is the best way to store garlic?

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"What is the best way to store garlic and how long will it keep?"

A whole head, or bulb of garlic should last for several months when stored in a dry, dark place that has some air circulation, such as inside a cupboard in a basket, paper or mesh bag or clay pot.

Once the head (or bulb) is broken open to remove one or more cloves, the remaining garlic will likely last only a couple of weeks before they begin to dry out.

Garlic does not freeze well—both the flavor and texture are affected—and  refrigerating garlic often produces mold.

Remember, like the vampires, garlic prefers a cool, dark place!

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