Storing Garlic

Keene Garlic Storing Garlic

Storing garlic

After you purchase your garlic, make sure you protect your investment. Improper storage will reduce shelf life of garlic. Whole bulbs of garlic will keep for 6-12 months or more when stored at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has ample air circulation. Keep in mind, that garlic's lifetime decreases once you start removing cloves from the bulb.  If you are waiting to plant you garlic, you can open your box and keep in your basement or in your house.  

Storing garlic for eating

Storing garlic uncovered, such as in a wire-mesh basket inside your cupboard or beneath a small overturned clay pot, is ideal. You can also store garlic in a paper bag or mesh bag. Just be sure there is plenty of dry air and little light to inhibit sprouting. Always watch the bulbs to see if they are starting to get soft and if they are, use right away.

Best garlic storage temperatures

To avoid mold, do not store garlic in plastic bags. Garlic needs to breathe. Garlic stores best long term when it is stored at between 55F and 65F and between 40% and 60% humidity. A normally air conditioned house or basement seems to do pretty good.

Refrigerating garlic

To get the longest storage life out of garlic, we do recommend putting the garlic bulbs in a brown paper bag and putting them in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. When they come out of cold storage, they will want to sprouting thinking it is time to grow, so only take them out as needed.


Garlic sprouting is a natural part of the garlic’s life, but it does seem to turn bitter when cooked. These sprouts have 13% more nutrients than the garlic cloves, so remove the sprout and eat it before cooking to get the superior health benefits from the sprout.