Can You Freeze Garlic? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Garlic? 

Yes, you can freeze garlic, and it can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. You can freeze them as a whole, minced, as a paste, or even pureed in olive oil. The key is to store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags. 

If you are looking for the best way to freeze and store garlic, here is the most comprehensive guide to help you out. 

I have found these methods and tips to work like a charm every time. 

So, here is how it is done. 

How to Freeze Garlic?

How to Freeze Garlic?

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This is the simplest way of freezing garlic, especially if you haven’t decided on how you plan to use them later on. 

Materials

  • Garlic

Tools

  • Ziploc Bag

Instructions

    1. Pack and Seal: After making sure that there isn’t any dirt on the garlic bulb, pack them into a Ziploc bag and seal them in. If you haven’t opened your store-packaged garlic, you can simply leave them in the freezer as it is.
    2. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all good to go. Here is the easy tutorial by “Anita’s Guide to Simple and Easy Cooking” on YouTube -

Freezing Cloves of Garlic in Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Containers

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes

What you will need: 

  • Garlic 
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag

Peeling and freezing cloves of garlic is a great way to get some meal prep out of them and freeze them for the long term. 

Peel the Garlic

Remove the skin of the garlic. You could simply peel it off, or boil it for 20 seconds so that the skin just slides off easily.

Portion and Pack

Divide the garlic into easy-to-manage portions and pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.

Seal Them In

Seal the container or Ziploc bag. When sealing the Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out all the excess air in the bag, and you can use a straw to make this process easier.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the bag or container with the best before date, and you are ready to freeze the garlic till you need them next.

Here is a video by “Nicola Jane Cooks” to show you how it is done –

Freezing Minced Garlic or Garlic Paste 

Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Garlic 
  • Ice Cube Tray 
  • Ziploc Bags

If you like using minced garlic or garlic paste in your recipes and want to have them in stock all the time, you can try this method. 

Peel and Process

Peel the garlic cloves and then finely mince them or put them in a blender with salt and make a paste out of them.

Fill the Tray

Fill an ice cube tray with the processed garlic.

Flash Freeze

Leave the ice cube tray in the freezer for a couple of hours till the garlic freezes solid.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the frozen cubes of garlic into a Ziploc bag and seal them. Squeeze out all the excess air before sealing the bag.

Label and Freeze

Add a label to the bag with the date, and you can freeze them till you need it next.

Check out this tutorial by “Frugal Family Home” to see how it is done –

Freezing Garlic Paste in Ziploc Bags

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Garlic 
  • Ziploc Bags

If you are running out of freezer space or find the whole ice cube method a bit tedious, you can try this simple method instead. 

Peel and Process

Peel the garlic cloves and then put them in a blender with salt and make them into a grainy paste.

Pack, Flatten, and Seal

Transfer the processed garlic into a Ziploc bag and flatten it out as much as you can before sealing the bag. Make sure that you have squeezed out all the excess air.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the garlic paste.

This easy tutorial by “Dimitra’s Dishes” on YouTube can help you out more clearly –

Freezing Pureed garlic in Olive Oil

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Garlic 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container 

This method is worth giving a try but takes care when it comes to using or thawing the puree later on.

Peel and Process

Peel the garlic and then put it in a blender with some olive oil; two parts oil and one part garlic to be precise, and blend it to make a puree.

Portion It

Divide it into small portions that you can easily use in one go. It is key to divide it beforehand because it shouldn’t be defrosted and must be directly used.

Pack and Seal

Pour the puree into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal it, making sure to leave some room at the top to accommodate any expansion.

Label and Freeze

Add a label of the best before date, and then you can leave it in the freezer till you need it.

How Long Can You Freeze Garlic? 

You can keep garlic in the freezer for 6 months or so. To get the best out of its texture, quality, and flavor, try to use it up within a 3 to 4-month mark. 

The garlic puree might not last as well as plain garlic for too long. It is very important to freeze it as soon as you have made it because it is highly prone to bacterial buildup.

Keep in mind that though the garlic can stay fresh and flavorful for long in the freezer, it will not be as crunchy or firm as fresh ones.

How to Store Frozen Garlic? 

You can store frozen garlic in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to make sure that they are completely protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns. 

 You could also freeze them in mason jars, provided that they are freezer-safe and you have the space to fit them in. If you are pressed for freezer space, Ziploc bags are your best bet. 

How to Defrost Garlic? 

Garlic thaws quite quickly and so, you could also skip the defrosting step and use them right into your recipes. You could grate them into a dish with a cheese grater.

Or you could thaw it on the countertop for a couple of minutes and work with them. This way, you can avoid the garlic going mushy once it thaws.

Be it minced or pureed garlic you can simply add the pieces or portions you need directly into the an or cooking recipe.

Especially in the case of garlic puree frozen in olive oil, it shouldn’t be thawed at room temperature or even in the fridge as it can lead to botulism.

Can you Refreeze Garlic? 

Although you can refreeze garlic, it is best recommended not to. The garlic can get mushy or soggy as it thaws and this can increase the chances of bacterial buildup.

Repeated freezing will only worsen these conditions. But with that being said, you can refreeze them if you are careful and quick to act.

For example, if you have frozen a whole bulb of garlic and only want to use a couple of cloves, separate the cloves and immediately put the rest back into the freezer.

Don’t let the garlic sit out for long if you plan to refreeze them. 

Does Garlic Freeze Well?

Yes, garlic freezes well and is one of the best ways to do some meal prep and store the garlic for the long term.

Apart from pureed garlic in olive oil, all other forms of garlic fare quite well in the freezer. 

Though frozen garlic may not have the same texture as fresh ones, it still packs the same amount of punch and works just as fine. 

FAQs

Can you freeze garlic sauce? 

Yes, you can freeze garlic sauce, and they can last in the freezer for 6 months or so. You can freeze them in freezer-safe air-tight containers, Ziploc bags, or frozen cubes in ice cube trays.

The key is to portion it out and store it protected from being exposed to air. 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you freeze and store garlic and get some meal prep done as well. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and hacks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with all your garlic-loving friends and family. 

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About Pratibha Singh

Pratibha is a popular home chef and loves to prepare some amazing Indian dishes. A foodie to the core she enjoys other cuisines too. She has been cooking since childhood and often prepares meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. Her motto in life: “Always be prepared!”

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