How to store garlic in the winter?
You don’t have to argue about the benefits of garlic - everyone knows how great it is, especially in winter, during frequent colds. However, not everyone knows that with improper storage this plant can dry out or, worse, lose its beneficial properties. How and where to properly store garlic to prevent this from happening?
Garlic storage methods
After harvesting (when it passes, read in the article When to pick up garlic) garlic and onion heads are usually stored in dark rooms - closets, cabinets - in the form of woven braids. The braids are intertwined from peeled stalk leaves, and also from added long threads or ropes. Ropes are added so that the braid does not accidentally spread out.
Such braids can be hung in a closet or pantry. However, in order to save the garlic in the winter, it is better to put them in boxes, bags of thick linen or in the old fashioned way in stockings. Periodically, the heads need to be sorted out, removed from the spoiled - since they can transfer their “diseases” to whole heads.
With a small harvest of garlic, it can be stored in the refrigerator in a purified form. To do this, take a sterilized jar and fill it with vegetable oil (sunflower, olive or other). Then peel the lobules and place them tightly in a jar. Thus, you will always have fresh, peeled garlic on hand. With this method of storage, its shelf life is 4-5 months. The oil that remains in the jar after garlic can be used as a dressing for other dishes - it gets a pleasant aroma.
As mentioned above, it is customary to store garlic in dark rooms. Also, the room must be cool and dry. There should not be located near the heating pipe or water supply. With a small amount of garlic, you can use the box for vegetables in the refrigerator.
Garlic is not only healthy, but also delicious.