Growing garlic in your garden? Drying it for long-term storage is a snap.
Time Required: 3-4 weeks
- Place the entire garlic plant (bulb, roots and stalk) in a cool, dry place. You can tie the garlic in bunches and hang it, or spread your harvest out on a rack. Either way, good ventilation is a must.
- Allow the garlic to dry for a few weeks (elephant garlic needs at least four weeks to cure). The outer wrapper will papery and shrunken when the garlic is dry.
- Once dry, trim the roots close to the bulb (leave about a half-inch remaining).
- Use a soft brush to remove any dirt from the bulb. The outer layer of the wrapper can be removed, if further cleaning is desired – but try not to remove much more than that.
- Leave the stalks intact, if you plan to braid your garlic. Trim them to within an inch or two of the bulb if you plan to store your garlic loose.
- Your garlic is now ready for storage! Keep it in a cool, dry place and it should stay fresh for months.
- Save some of your biggest bulbs for planting next year
- Only undamaged bulbs should be dried for storage. If you nick a bulb while digging it up, you'll need to use it right away
- Use some of your garlic to make your own garlic powder
What You Need:
- Freshly dug garlic
- A soft brush for scrubbing