The precise answer to the question “How long does garlic last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep garlic in a cool dry area at all times.
Pantry time shown is for storage in moderately warm (55°- 60°F) area; at higher room temperatures, the shelf life of garlic will be shorter.
Once the whole garlic bulb is broken, individual cloves will last unpeeled for about 7-10 days at room temperature.
To freeze garlic: (1) Wrap whole, unpeeled bulbs in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil, or place in airtight container or freezer bag and remove individual cloves from freezer as needed; or (2) Peel then chop or crush garlic and wrap tightly in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil, or place in airtight container or freezer bag.
How long does garlic last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
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