Note: This post was originally published, on the previous website, in 2013.
I recently found myself with a fairly large amount of fresh garlic and realized that it wouldn’t last long enough for me to use all of it. I quite often buy garlic, dried, from the grocery store but I’ve never dealt with fresh garlic. And let me tell you, the smell alone of fresh garlic is simply sublime. But the taste… ooh baby~
So I’ve got a whole bunch of delicious, local, organic garlic and I don’t want it to go bad. The logical solution? Preserve it. Dry it, in this case.
Here’s how you can dry your own fresh garlic (from your own garden or the farmers market) yourself. It’s ridiculously easy. See how short this post is?
- Take a bunch of fresh garlic.
- Tie it up and hang it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Pantries are great for this.
- Let the garlic bundle dry there for a couple weeks (elephant garlic needs four weeks or more).
- When it’s dry store it in a cool, dry place. I keep mine in a basket on the counter (away from the stove). It’ll keep like that for months. Don’t put it in sunlight unless you want it to sprout.
- If your garlic does end up sprouting, plant it!
I think this is one of my favorite parts of gardening: preserving the harvest. It reminds me of Under the Tuscan Sun…