Curing and Storing Garlic

StoringGarlicIn a previous article, we learned about growing garlic.  Here we will learn about what the next steps are after they are harvested.  These steps include curing and storing.

Curing (Drying)

  • If the soil is still moist around the garlic bulb you want to lay out the garlic so that they can dry off for a few days out of the direct sunlight.
  • For the curing process you will hang them in bunches and in the place where there is ventilation for a couple of weeks.  The curing process is done so that everything is dried off for storing.  Moisture will make them rot faster.
  • During the curing process leave the roots and stems attached.

Storing

  • Wait until the end of the curing process to clean them.
  • Cut the roots off with a pruner.
  • Remove dirt around the bulb without removing the thin outer layer of the bulb.  You can use a dish brush to softly clean the bulb.
  • Store them in a mesh bag or a wire basket so that they still have airflow.

Hard neck variety should be used first since they typically have a shorter shelf life which is about 3-4 months.  The soft neck variety usually lasts about 6 months.

Click on the video below from Garden Answer, for more detailed instructions on how to store, cure and braid garlic soft neck garlic.

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