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Freezing Garlic

Can You Freeze Garlic?

People frequently ask whether or not it's possible to freeze garlic. Well, yes, you can freeze it - but from my experience it's not a good idea.

Garlic can be frozen either as seperate cloves or as a complete head. It can be successfully defrosted and used in cooking. Unfortunately the flavour will never be as good as it was originally. The garlic simply isn't as potent and sometimes the texture deteriorates as well. Arguably it's not worth using.

Warning: Raw garlic stored in oil at room temperature can quickly result in botulism (clostridium botulinum) leading to serious illness and possibly death. Even keeping it refrigerated for too long can be dangerous. Be careful.

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, garlic-in-oil "may be frozen for long term storage for up to several months" (click here for more information.). Personally I wouldn't risk it.

Should You Freeze Garlic?

Given the ease with which garlic is available to most people these days, I can see little justification for freezing it. Far better to buy it fresh and enjoy it at its best.

So, my advice: don't freeze garlic.

If you feel the need for an emergency supply , why not consider some ready to use minced garlic or some other form of packaged garlic that you can buy online or at most good food stores.