At the end of June, I bought six huge garlic bulbs with the idea of planting them. After the potato fiasco, I decided that I am done with planting and it has been so hot I just didn't feel like spending time outdoors.
Anyway, I have these six garlic bulbs happily taking up space in a drawer for over three months, I have not felt like doing a lot of cooking because it has been so hot. I think this must be the hottest summer we have ever had,
Since this garlic is probably close to starting to go bad is there something I can do to save them? Usually I just have a few cloves that I throw into a jar of vinegar in the fridge.
Is there a good way to store these to keep them from going bad?
First off, keep them in a dark cool place and they'll keep longer. My garlic usually holds on until late winter. But that's assuming it was harvested in July. No idea when yours was harvested.
If you want to plant it, stick the cloves in the ground a week or two before the ground freezes and harvest next summer.
Once my garlic starts to sprout in the late winter, I mince it up, mix with oil and freeze in small jars. Then anytime I need garlic I just dig out some. I haven't found the best oil yet, it still sets up a bit hard. So maybe don't try avocado oil...
I think any oil would work. Maybe no oil would also work. I was aiming for a thick paste (when frozen) but I ended up with something much harder.
The little bit of research I did suggested that you can't keep it in the fridge. I'm not sure how they can put 3 lbs of minced garlic in oil and sell it for people to keep in their fridge or on the counter. My impression is that we can't do that with homestead food processing techniques.