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How to Store Garlic

Small Garlic Braid

Light and moisture are garlic’s worst enemies, as they both cause mold to grow.

BRAIDS: Braids should be hung in a well ventilated dry dark place out of direct sunlight.

BULBS: Store garlic bulbs at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has plenty of air circulation, like in a wire-mesh basket or open paper bag in a cupboard or pantry.

If you have old stockings, drop a bulb in the toe, tie a knot above it, drop in another bulb, tie another knot, and so on until you fill up the stocking, and hang it in a well-ventilated dry dark place.

Another thing to try: use old cardboard egg cartons. Do not use plastic cartons. Place a bulb in each section, and store in a dark, cool dry place.

17 thoughts on “How to Store Garlic

  1. Great garlic… ordered a braid last year. Now most is dried up. Got some loose and placed them in a net in the same area and they lasted . What’s the price for loose ones? I may order the loose.

    1. Hi Virginia. The loose garlic will be available around July 1. We’re still fine-tuning the pricing, trying to negotiate the best deal with our farmers.

  2. How long do they last – I am forever buying garlic and before I can use it they start sprouting. I tried buying organic hoping it would be fresher and last long as most produce does but, same thing within a week or so it’s bad

    1. You want to make sure you’re not buying old garlic from cold-storage. For our local growers, harvest generally starts in July. If you’re buying garlic and it goes bad right away, it’s likely to be old.

      Our braids are harvested in July, and generally last until at least Christmas. The ones we hung in our kitchen last year lasted until mid-April. Make sure your grlic is well-ventilated, dry, cool, and out of direct sun.

      1. Thank you for the quick reply — Now I have to wait til July 1 to get some ordered – don’t want to wait for the end of the month 🙂

  3. I would like to order your loose garlic. Please send my pricing. Thank you.

  4. How about a wine fridge at about 55 degrees?

    1. That might work, although it might be humid. The key is good air circulation, no direct sunlight, and cool.

  5. Could you also put me on your “contact” list when you decide how pricing will be worked out for loose garlic? You can feel free to send it to my email address, thank you.
    Sincerely, Darlene

  6. Would like to order a box of loose garlic bulbs when the new batch is ready. Please email when I should order and the prices.

    1. Garlic braid or box

      1. The box is a better deal, the braid may last a little longer.

  7. One of my bucket list items garlic from Gilroy! Please let me know pricing of loose garlic
    Thank you I

    1. Hi. You’ll find pricing on … just select “bulbs” in the menu.

  8. Hi! I usually get a braid from a different vendor (it’s an annual gift from a friend). This year I have about five friends that all want garlic. It sounds like the loose will last as long as the braid, is that correct? My braid generally lasts until about April of the following year. Please add me to your email list for pricing on the loose as well as the braids. Thank you.

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