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How to Freeze Garlic (3 Ways)

This recipe is a little different; instead of teaching you how to make a meal with garlic, it will teach you how to freeze garlic for many uses later on. It’s helpful for faster cooking and preparation but also to help preserve garlic at peak freshness in case you find yourself with more garlic than you know what to do with.

How to Freeze Garlic

Here’s what you’ll need to know in order to freeze whole garlic cloves:

  • Prepare the baking sheet. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the garlic. Arrange the whole garlic cloves in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Freeze. Freeze the garlic for 6 hours.
  • Transfer. Transfer the garlic to a ziplock bag.
  • Label. Add today’s date and place the garlic back in the freezer.

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

And here’s how to freeze minced garlic:

  • Mince. Mince the garlic cloves.
  • Seal it up. Transfer the minced garlic cloves to a freezer-safe ziplock bag and flatten to squeeze out the air.
  • Label. Add today’s date and place the garlic in the freezer.

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Last but not least, here’s how to freeze garlic paste:

  • Blend. Add the peeled garlic cloves, vegetable oil and salt to taste to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Freeze. Spoon the garlic puree into small ice cube trays and place in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).
  • Transfer. Once the cubes are frozen, release them from the tray and transfer the garlic to a ziplock bag.
  • Label. Add today’s date and place the garlic paste in the freezer.

Freezing Garlic

How to Prep Garlic for Freezing

You can safely ignore the following information if you’re planning on freezing entire garlic bulbs (or whole unpeeled cloves). Otherwise, read on to find out how simple it is to prep garlic for freezing:

  • Remove the cloves. Separate the cloves.
  • Remove the skin. Carefully peel off the outer layer of papery skin.
  • Freeze. That’s it! You’re all set to freeze the garlic from here; either flash freeze on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or transfer the garlic to a freezer-safe ziplock bag.

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

Freezing Garlic

How to Use Frozen Garlic in Your Cooking

One of the great things about using frozen garlic for cooking is that you usually don’t have to wait for it to thaw out or defrost. You can simply remove the garlic cloves or minced garlic from the freezer and throw it right into soups or stews.

The garlic may not have the same texture as it would have if it were used fresh, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the strong and robust flavor that frozen garlic can add to your dishes as it heats up.

(Learn more: How to Freeze Green Beans)

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Freezing Garlic

How to Freeze Garlic (3 Ways)

  • Author: Emma - NurturedHomes.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
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Ingredients

For whole garlic cloves:

  • 1 cup peeled garlic cloves 

 

For minced garlic: 

  • 1 cup peeled garlic cloves 

  

For garlic paste: 

  • 1 cup peeled garlic cloves 
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil 
  • salt to taste

Instructions

To freeze whole garlic cloves:

  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Arrange the garlic cloves in a single layer. 
  • Freeze for 6 hours. 
  • Transfer to a ziplock bag.
  • Add today’s date and place it in the freezer. 

 

To freeze minced garlic:

  • Mince the garlic. 
  • Transfer the minced garlic to a ziplock bag and flatten to squeeze out the air.
  • Add today’s date and place it in the freezer. 

 

To freeze garlic paste:

  • Add the garlic, oil and salt to taste to a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Spoon the garlic puree into small ice cube trays and place in the freezer until frozen, about 2 hours.
  • Once frozen, release the cubes from the tray. 
  • Place the cubes in a ziplock bag. 
  • Add today’s date and place the bag in the freezer.

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