Christopher Ranch

Garlic FAQ
Handling & Storage

Fresh Bulbs of Garlic:

When buying garlic, look (and feel!) for bulbs that are plump and firm with the papery outer skin intact. Avoid garlic that is soft, shriveled, moldy, sprouting or light in weight.

To store garlic bulbs, keep in a cool, dry, preferably dark, well-ventilated place. Do not store in a plastic bag. Garlic needs air circulation, so store in an open container, basket, net bag or open cardboard box. A small wicker basket is ideal for storing garlic conveniently on a kitchen counter as long as it’s not near heat or moisture (like the oven or sink), or in the sun.

Fresh garlic bulbs will last from 2 to 6 months (more or less) from our July harvest if stored properly, and whole bulbs will store longer than individual cloves. Braids may last longer because they are usually hung on the wall and the air can circulate around them.

To peel garlic, the easiest way is to flatten a clove with the large, flat side of a knife and remove the skin. To keep the cloves intact, pour hot water over them for a few seconds. This will loosen the skin and allow it to be pulled off easily with a paring knife. Other methods: soak cloves in cool water for a half hour before peeling or put in the microwave for about 5 seconds.

To store braids, hang in a cool, dry area away from heat, moisture and the sun. Cut a bulb from the top of the braid as needed. Braids for decoration only will last indefinitely if not touched (the garlic inside the skins will slowly deteriorate over time but the braid will stay intact if not touched).

Our fresh garlic bulbs and peeled garlic are gluten free. Our jars are not considered allergen or gluten free since we do not have dedicated lines for our jarred products and cannot guarantee that our items have had no contact with allergens or gluten.

Peeled Garlic Cloves:

peeled garlic clovesTo store PEELED garlic, keep it constantly refrigerated at cold temps – 34° to 38° for best results. Under ideal conditions, it can stay fresh for up to 7 weeks (more or less) from date of peeling, but look for the “best by” date on the front panel of the bag when purchasing.

Can garlic be frozen? You can freeze peeled garlic cloves but it changes the consistency. Frozen garlic turns mushy when thawed but most of the flavor remains. It’s best used in sauces or dishes that don’t need chunks or pieces of garlic. Place peeled cloves on a cookie sheet, freeze until hard and put in an airtight plastic bag or vacuum sealed bag and freeze for 3 to 6 months. It may be necessary to double bag so the aroma does not “travel”.

Our fresh garlic bulbs and peeled garlic are gluten free. Our jars are not considered allergen or gluten free since we do not have dedicated lines for our jarred products and cannot guarantee that our items have had no contact with allergens or gluten.

Jarred Items:

Chopped and Crushed Garlic in OilJar equivalency & storage: 1 tsp. jarred garlic = 1 clove fresh garlic. Our jarred products are good for 3 to 4 months after opening, as long as they are kept refrigerated. All jars are marked with a best by date on the top shoulder of the jar near the lid.

Our fresh garlic bulbs and peeled garlic are gluten free. Our jars are not considered allergen or gluten free since we do not have dedicated lines for our jarred products and cannot guarantee that our items have had no contact with allergens or gluten.

Other Tips:

When sautéing garlic, be careful not to burn it. Burned garlic will have a bitter taste, so discard it and start again. FYI: the longer you cook garlic on a lower temperature, the milder it becomes.

To freshen breath after eating garlic, chew on a sprig of fresh parsley, a coffee bean, a slice of fresh lemon or lime or breath mints – but time (a day or two) is the only real cure for garlic breath! However, new studies say eating raw apple, lettuce or mint leaves will decrease garlic breath.

To remove garlic odor from your hands, rinse with fresh lemon juice or scrub with a bit of salt, toothpaste or dry coffee grounds, then rinse hands with cool water. Or… rub your fingers thoroughly with the bowl of a stainless steel spoon under running water, then wash hands with soap.

Can I store garlic in oil? We NEVER recommend storing raw garlic in oil because of the potential for bacteria growth.

Where to Find:

Where can I find Christopher Ranch products? Please look for us in the produce or deli sections of your local grocery store. If you can’t find our products in your store, please ask the produce manager to order them for you.

Can I order Christopher Ranch products online? Many of our products are available online at www.garlicworld.com