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Nov 13, 2009 05:24 PM

How long exactly does garlic last?

Google is not turning up any consistent answers.

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  1. I never purchase more than I expect to use in a few weeks time......It either dries out or starts to rot or mold. If you clean the garlic of its skins and store it in the fridge, depending on how you handled it, it starts to deteriorate once the oils from your skin touch the raw garlic...this is due bacteria growth, as explained to me by a food safety handling class. The quality of peeled garlic always seem to be compromised before a months time from my experience and purchases.

    1. It depends upon the storage method and the variety. If you're taking typical supermarket softneck garlic, they tend to keep longer before going bad versus hardneck varieties. You want to store it in a cool, dry dark but well ventilated place -- they sell garlic jars that have holes for ventilation. I grew some hardneck garlic this year, harvesting it in late July and the bulbs kept until early October. Think basement or garage perhaps.

      1. 9 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds.

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        1. re: slewfoot

          I have some garlic that is 9 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes and 47 seconds old. Is it safe to eat?

          1. re: small h

            Throw it away. Garlic is cheap, why risk your health!?

              1. re: slewfoot

                Yeah, thanks, that's what I thought, but you know, I hate to waste food, so I figured I'd ask, because sometimes those "sell-by" dates are bogus, and...

                Ok, I'll stop now.

          2. I used to keep garlic in the fridge, but I've found that it, onions and potatoes last longer stored on the counter. I keep them all together on a very large platter. My experience is that a bulb can last for 6 - 8 weeks, even longer. Obviously it depends on how fresh it is when you buy it. I just used 2 cloves from bulb that is at least a month old, and it was still good.

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            1. re: Axalady

              I throw mine in my darkest and coolest cabinet. If it is sprouting and looking weird than I will usually pitch it. It is not going to make or break me. What is it goign to cost me to buy more, 50 cents lol

            2. I grow my own and haven't had any issues with storage. Typically pull the bulbs in July and let them dry out in the shed only bringing into the house as I need them. Come the end of October, I bring what's left into the house and store in a hallway that is unheated but dry. Generally, my garlic runs out. around March. I've never had a problem with it drying out or getting moldy, and I don't store it in the fridge very often