I really love fresh garlic on my food. Do you too?
Isn’t it wonderful how adding them to your recipe can make it taste even better? That’s why every time I cook my favorite sticky garlic chicken bites, I always end up increasing the number of garlic required by the recipe.
I just really love how it can add flavor to my food and at the same time fill the room with the delicious garlicky scent.
How about you, do you enjoy cooking recipes that include garlic too?
Probably there’s some garlic stored in your kitchen by now; I do that all the time too. Though this may not seem to be a problem, it can be sometimes. Why?
It is because unlike our vegetables, which we can quickly identify which one is fresh and which one is not by just looking how old and wrinkled they are, most of us left wondering how to tell if garlic is bad.
If you have the same confusion, then let’s check out below to know if your garlic is still fresh or if it has gone rotten.
Tips on How to Tell If Your Garlic Is Bad
1. Look For Some Brown Spots
Inspect the garlic thoroughly and look for some brown spots. The brown spots would be a good sign that the garlic has gone bad or will soon be bad. Take note that the garlic’s color should be all white.
2. Smell The Garlic
You might be confused with this tip since garlic is already smelly. But trust me, a rotten garlic will smell even much worse or stronger compared to fresh ones. You will not find it difficult to identify if the garlic has gone bad, it should not smell how it should, just have a sharper sense of smell.
3.Feel The Garlic
Just try to pinch a clove of garlic between your fingers, fresh ones feel firm to touch. If it has gotten mushy, softer or brittle to touch, then the garlic is rotten and should be tossed away.
4. Is There a Sprout?
One of the best ways is simply just by noticing if the garlic has started sprouting. Sometimes we store our garlic for too long that it starts for the green sprouts to come out.
This only means that your garlic is already old enough and has started rotting. Garlic with sprouts should not be consumed and should be thrown away immediately.
5. Check The Garlic’s Cover
The garlic’s cover, which has a paper-thin feel, should absolutely be white and no any spots at all. If you notice that its color has started to turn gray, brown or red, then your garlic is no longer suitable for consumption.
6. Look For Dark Spots
After peeling and slicing your garlic, one way on how to tell if garlic is bad is by checking out if it starts to show any dark spots both on its exterior and interior flesh. If you notice a few, this means that your garlic is starting to rot and would no longer be safe to be added to your recipe.
How to Store Garlic
You can actually extend the shelf life of the garlic by storing it properly. Obviously, all foods will not last long if you will not practice proper food safety techniques.
So here are some tips on how to store garlic properly.
1. Keep The Head Whole
The best way to extend garlic’s shelf life is to keep the garlic whole or not break them apart. In this way, you will be able to keep them for as long as three to ten days. Once you break them apart and remove individual cloves, its life span will start to diminish. So I suggest that you use up each clove first before opening another one.
2. Don’t Store Garlic In The Fridge
Garlic’s one of the things that you should not refrigerate. This is because garlic will quickly begin to sprout when kept in a cold environment, such as the refrigerator.
We already learned that sprouted garlic can no longer be used and should be tossed away immediately. Moreover, refrigerating garlic can also result to formation of molds.
3. Keep Garlic In a Dry And Dark Area
Light and moisture are both the topmost and worst enemies of garlic. I recommend that you store garlic inside a paper bag, wire-mesh basket or even a carton. Place them in an area that has plenty of dry air and a little light to prevent sprouting.
- But how about if you have chopped or peeled too much garlic than you need for your recipe? Are you just going to throw it away? The answer will be no.
What you have to do is to place the garlic you have prepared in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge; this will make sure that the garlic’s smell won’t spread out all over the fridge. Then make sure to use it within a day or as soon as possible so that it won’t start to sprout or loss its flavor.
Garlic is a great staple that should always be found in your pantry. It can be used in almost any types of cuisine, plus garlic comes with several health benefits. But you have to be very careful when to use garlic and when to discard them. Adding rotten garlic to your meal can ruin your entire recipe.
So the next time you use garlic for your recipe, make sure to check out if they are still fresh or not. How about you, have you once used garlic that seemed to be bad for your recipe? What did you do about it? Let me know by leaving some comments below.
And please don’t forget to share these with your friends, it is very important that they also know how to tell if garlic is bad enough for their recipe.