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Tips for Storing Garlic

When storing garlic, it needs to be kept in a dry, dark location that has ample air circulation. It can be stored for several months at room temperature.  

Once you start removing cloves from the garlic, its shelf life will start to decrease.

If you have chopped or minced garlic, it can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 2 to 3 days.

It is important to note that although the strong garlic smell will dissipate within a few hours, refrigeration will slow the process.  So, the smell will last a bit longer in the refrigerator.  Items that absorb odors (like apples) shouldn’t be stored near garlic.

Never freeze garlic as this will change the texture and the flavour.

Note: Garlic may contain sulfur compounds which can react with traces of copper to form copper sulfate, a blue or blue-green compound. Only a very small amount of copper is required, and it might come from a variety of sources including normal water supplies.

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