Can I freeze garlic?

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  1. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    I loathe peeling garlic, and I am making the Creamy One Pot Pasta at 2 shows this weekend (today and tomorrow). While I was at Costco this morning, I picked up a tub of whole peeled garlic cloves. Hooray!

    Unfortunately, it's ginormous. I was already planning to make the Microwave White Chicken Chili in October, so I know I can use a bunch more of it before the expiration date (Oct. 15 - and I dug through the display to find one with the "best" expiration date). There's no way I'm going to use it all before the date, especially considering the wasteland that's my current October schedule.

    Anyone know if I can freeze the garlic? The tub says "keep refrigerated," and there's nothing on it that says NOT to freeze. (I did check already on epicurious.com and didn't find anything.)
     
  2. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Gold Member

    Freezing won't work, the cloves get weird & when they defrost they are mushy...on a lighter note, I've bought those from Costco mant times & they last a long time in the fridge. I would say at least a few months...HTH
     
  3. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    Thanks. I'll see how long they last in the fridge.

    If I'm going to use them for the chili, it wouldn't matter if they got a little mushy, since they get mashed up after roasting anyway. And that's exactly what I figured would happen if I froze them. :)
     
  4. Hathery

    Hathery Gold Member

    This link Garlic might be helpful to you :)
     
  5. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Gold Member

    Could you roast a whole lot and then freeze it once roasted? (Maybe that was in the garlic link, haven't had a chance to read it yet...).
     
  6. You know, I hate peeling & slicing it too.....so I just use the garlic press for this recipe.
     
  7. ilovepc

    ilovepc Gold Member


    Me too. Garlic press beats slicing it anyday! :thumbup:
     
  8. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    Thank you!!
     
  9. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Gold Member

    I don't know if it makes a difference because it's been peeled, but I freeze garlic all the time (I only keep it in my freezer). I don't peel the cloves but I break the head into the individual cloves and put them in a freezer bag. I've never had any problem with using them later.
     
  10. LeslieSGI

    LeslieSGI Gold Member

    We had a giant jar of garlic cloves from Sam's that were left from a chili cook off event that would have gone to waste.
    I washed them and put them in a 13*9 baking pan with a drizzling of olive oil and covered the pan with foil and baked slowly (250 degrees maybe) for about 45 minutes to an hour or so as I recall. Anyway, you know they are done when they are a light to medium brown and soft and smushy. I let them cool and then put the cloves and the juice/oil in tightly covered jars (recycled old salsa jars) and stored them in the refrigerator.
    We use them in all sorts of recipes including mashed potatoes, spread on bread or boboli pizzas, etc. It is a sweet roasted garlic and everyone is amazed that I made it so easily. Give that a try. ​
     
  11. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    Oh my - that sounds so delicious!
     
  12. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Gold Member

    Geeez...I'm dying now for some garlic bread!!!:cool:
     
  13. I actually did a bridal shower some time back where my host (a small caterer) had her garlic in the freezer and pulled it out to thaw and we used it in the Clubhosue Chicken Squares. Couldn't tell a difference. I have not done it myself, I tend to use it before it goes bad, but I've seen it done!
     
  14. I always buy fresh garlic, break the heads apart into individual cloves and store them in the freezer in a plastic freezer bag. They last in there for quite a long time. When you're ready to use them I just take them out and let them sit on the counter for a few minutes before putting them in the garlic press. I've found that they actually squeeze through a little easier (I've got arthritis and sometimes it's hard to get the unfrozen cloves to go through easily). Anyway, the cloves in the freezer is with the skins still on, but I've also had some in there where the skin just comes off and they're fine too. I would think if you freeze them individually on a sheet pan and then pop them in a freezer bag they should be fine. You're going to be pressing them or chopping them up when they come out anyway so the texture might not matter that much.
    Got a little wordy, hope it made sense. :)
     
  15. The link above about garlic contains a lot of great, useful information. Be sure to read it when you have time! I have also heard that the jarred prepared garlic in the produce dept. has short expiration dates because it turns to formaldahyde afer a time. Don't know if that's true, so it's best to use fresh!
    Deb
     
  16. I keep garlic in the freezer all the time in a ziploc bag. You know where I heard this tip about five years ago?? AT A PAMPERED CHEF PARTY!!! ;)
     
  17. Anne.. whatever possessed you to get the giant tub??? Our garlic press presses the garlic with the skin still on. Personally, I peel my garlic before I press it ( a quick smash with the santuko knife to loosen the skin and it's off), but even when I don't the garlic press works great. Plus a bulb of garlic is so much more manageable.

    You could make one of of those 40 cloves of garlic chicken recipes.
     
  18. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    I got the tub because the One Pot Pasta calls for slicing peeled garlic. That gives a different flavor than pressing the garlic, as there is less cell damage than pressing.
     
  19. I am totally with you on the flavor differences, but the thought of you and the giant tub was humorous to me. Had you not got the tub, I would have said ask your hostess to "help" and peel the garlic for you. This would work great with the interactive format. Which, BTW, I haven't been able to incorporate into my shows. All of my guests just want to be entertained, and they want me to do it.
     
  20. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    OMG! It is just not my day! :grumpy:

    After discovering water in the basement in the area where we have cabinets stored for our eventual remodel, I started making dinner. We're having the Micro Chicken Chili, so I can use some of the garlic. (Well, it's also yummy, and makes good leftovers for me to pack in DH's lunch.)

    I forgot to cover the batter bowl with the garlic in it, and burned it. It's black, crispy and stinky. :yuck: The second batch turned out better, since I remembered to put a piece of saran on top of the bowl (I don't know where the lids are for my batter bowls). It takes a lot less time peeled than whole heads. :rolleyes:
     
  21. GourmetGirl

    GourmetGirl Silver Member

    Ann I am so sorry you are having such a crappy day! I think you need to treat yourself to something yummy for dessert!
     
  22. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    Oh, definitely. There's a carton of ice cream in the freezer with my name on it.
     
  23. GourmetGirl

    GourmetGirl Silver Member

    Good! and to indulge your day even more I say eat it strait from the carton with a big spoon :)
     
  24. Would you like for me to order you a replacement part?:D
     
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