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How Long Can You Store Garlic On The Counter?
Garlic isn't only a delicious and vital ingredient in countless recipes, it's also considered to be exceptionally nutritious and has one of the longest shelf lives out of many popular pantry staples. If stored properly, unpeeled garlic will last up to six months; here's the proper way to store it outside of the fridge.
Place unpeeled garlic cloves in a basket, garlic keeper, or a covered bowl with ventilation holes, then keep them in a dry, well-ventilated space between 60º F and 65º F. Keeping unpeeled garlic in the fridge is a bad idea, as the change in temperature will make the cloves sprout and ruin their flavor; however, peeled garlic is a different story.
Peeled garlic should be kept in the refrigerator, where it will last for up to a week; peeled and chopped garlic will last for only a day in the fridge. Pre-peeled garlic in grocery stores is best avoided unless you can cook it immediately, since it has likely been sitting around for a while already and probably will go bad quickly.