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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Cleaning a garlic press Reply with quote

Instead of poking away with a pin, I used the WaterPik! Worked like a charm...
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of garlic, how to you guys keep yours fresh without sprouting?

My apartment's at a constant 70 F, with low humidity, and if I keep it in a dish it invariably sprouts and/or goes bad before I can use a whole clove.

I'm under the impression that keeping it in a refrigerator isn't a good idea. Mine's very cold: 34 F.
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>>without sprouting . . .

sigh, I don't.

I keep it in a glass bowl on the counter top.

seems one or two cloves start to sprout before I use up the head - I guess that's just part of the cost of garlic . . . .
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DrBiggles



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Cooley wrote:
Speaking of garlic, how to you guys keep yours fresh without sprouting?

My apartment's at a constant 70 F, with low humidity, and if I keep it in a dish it invariably sprouts and/or goes bad before I can use a whole clove.

I'm under the impression that keeping it in a refrigerator isn't a good idea. Mine's very cold: 34 F.


How long are you keeping it before it sprouts? Mine usually last about a week or two before I use them, all good.

I keep my garlic in one of the lowest wooden kitchen drawers. I used a 1" hole saw and drilled holes about every 3 or 4 inches along the bottom, left and right side. It's the coolest location in the kitchen and keeps the air somewhat moving. I suppose it might be considered a close cousin to a root cellar. At least as close as I can get in this part of the country.

I know what you're thinking, "Oh Biggles! I rent! I can't go drilling holes in a rented apartment or home." Oh pushaw, no landlord is going to go pulling open drawers to inspect for holes.

Works well.

xo, Biggles
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Diane B.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep my garlic in a cheapie "bamboo steamer basket" on a low shelf (mine is an open shelf but would probably be fine in a closed cabinet too).
That keeps them cool and dark, but also reasonably aerated.

They last longer that way than any other technique I've tried, but age matters too since the older garlic is the quicker it'll sprout.

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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I guess I'll keep it in the dark and see if that helps.

Is there any reason it shouldn't be kept in the refrigerator?
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Dilbert



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim -

I've never kept it in the fridge, so no first hand . . .

however a search on "garlic storage" sez
- it goes moldy
- it sprouts

it sprouts on the counter . . . I'd give it a go and see.
cheap experiment, no?
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Diane B.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Cooley wrote:
Is there any reason it shouldn't be kept in the refrigerator?


Not sure but there may be too much moisture in a frig, and refrigerators will definitely be cooler than "root cellars" (around 50 F, which I guess is optimal).

I used to keep my garlic in the frig crisper trying varying degrees of covering/aerating/etc, but got frustrated with how quickly they sprouted, at least sometimes. And I do like to keep fresh garlic and shallots around as staples to grab any time.
That's when I read about the age factor, but also discovered the dark, cool-not-cold, somewhat-aerated-but-not-too-much, techniques like the bamboo basket (on a lower shelf). Most of the time my bulbs and cloves now last at least a month and usually longer.
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Jim Cooley



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far. garlic in the fridge is fine. I just have it on a shelf, no baggie. Tastes the same.
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