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keeping garlic- refrigerate or not

I have noticed that my refrigerated garlic has been getting moldy. I have refrigerated garlic for years and this is a new phenomenon. How do you keep your garlic and how long does it last??

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  1. I don't refrigerate.

    But then again, I use up fresh garlic like I'm pumping gas for a Hummer on a cross-country drive.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      omg - I am so with you on this one. A recipe calls for 2 cloves of garlic? In go 4 or 5. Love love the stuff. :) And I never refrigerate either, countertop only.

      1. re: LNG212

        yeah, baby....in almost every meal...truly, I've done crushed garlic (one small clove) crushed and swallowed and NOT chewed for/with breakfast for the "raw garlic" nutrition. I do include garlic AND onions with almost every dinner meal, that's just me!
        I live in SW Florida and I store it in a glass bowl on the counter with my lovely red tomatoes. Have never had a mold situation but I do attribute that to using it *very quickly.*

        1. re: LNG212

          Yeah, I eat raw cloves of garlic dipped in Hoisin sauce. Yum.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            holy smokes...a little too hardcore for me!!! good on you, though!

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I bet you never get mosquito bites either!

        2. Are you talking about the peeled stuff? That I don't know about. The unpeeled I've never refrigerated and it keeps more than long enough for me to use it.

          1. I only use fresh...I never refrigerate...It's used before it could possibly go bad ---------

            1. assuming you mean unpeeled bulbs, don't refrigerate them. it's completely unnecessary and it encourages premature sprouting.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                totally agree with goodhealth; unpeeled bulbs should be stored in a dark, dry spot...and places like Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, etc sell garlic storing containers that circulate air--

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I've always kept my unpeeled garlic bulbs in an air tight container in the freezer....it never molds, sprouts and stay good forever!

                2. I'm Filipina, I use tons of garlic. But I refrigerate :-)