Can You Freeze Garlic?

There is no flavour quite as powerful or distinguishable as garlic. But the question is, can you freeze garlic? And does garlic freeze well or should it be avoided?

Garlic can be frozen for up to 6 months. To freeze garlic, you can either freeze whole cloves or you can mince the garlic and freeze it into ice cubes.

Can You Refreeze Garlic? Yes

Does Garlic Freeze Well? Yes

How To Freeze Garlic

Freezing garlic is super easy – the most difficult bit is the prep work. It is well worth setting aside an hour or two of your time every month or two to get all your garlic prepped and frozen ready to use.

You can freeze garlic in a variety of ways and your preferred method will be dependent on how you like to cook with your garlic.

Let’s start with the basics of how you would go about freezing whole garlic bulbs:

  1. Peel
    Peel your garlic and ensure that any stems and brown parts are cut away. If there is any green running through the centre of a clove then remove this too as it can be incredibly bitter. 
  2. Prepare Garlic
    Once you have your peeled garlic the next step is to choose how you want to prep your garlic. At this point, you can make a garlic paste, minced or chopped garlic but for now, let’s go with whole garlic bulbs or chopped bulbs.
  3. Bag Up
    Pop your peeled garlic bulbs or chopped garlic into a freezer-safe bag, label it and pop it into the freezer.

It’s that simple! Just remember that if you are freezing garlic whole you will need to make sure you defrost it before use so you can chop and prep it for your recipe.

How to Freeze Minced Garlic

One of the easier ways to use garlic is already prepped and frozen garlic that you can just grab what you need out of the freezer and put straight into your recipe. So mincing your garlic first is a great way to freeze it.

The process for this is super easy and you will be glad you made the effort. Just follow these easy steps.

  1. Prep Garlic
    Peel your garlic and cut off any stems.
  2. Blitz or Mince
    If you have a food processor then pop the garlic into this and blend until you have the garlic minced to your preferred texture.

    If you don’t have access to a processor then don’t worry you can still do this the old fashioned way with a knife and fine chopping or use a garlic press.
  3. Portion Garlic Into Ice Cubes
    You will need some ice cube trays. The handy thing with this method is that it gives you portioned garlic to grab whenever you need it. You will need a teaspoon and then you just spoon a teaspoonful of garlic into each section of the ice cube tray.
  4. Freeze
    Put this in the freezer making sure you keep it flat and freeze for a few hours.
  5. Bag Up
    Once the garlic has frozen then you need to take them out of the tray and put them into a labelled freezer bag.
  6. Return to the Freeze
    Pop this back into the freezer and you can grab a cube of garlic whenever you need it.

3 Tips for Freezing Garlic

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing garlic to have the best results:

Mix With Herbs
If you’re opting to freeze garlic into ice cubes then you can mix it with plenty of other herbs and spices. Try mixing with lemon zest, parsley and chilli for an Italian-inspired cube of flavour. If you fancy Thai-inspired then combine with Thai basil, lemongrass and ginger

Use From Frozen
The good news is that you don’t need to defrost garlic. Grab it from the freezer and use it directly in your cooking. 

Store In Thick Bags
If you want to avoid stinking your entire freezer out with the pong of garlic, make sure you use good-quality freezer bags. You could even double bag them if you’re worried.

How Long Can You Freeze Garlic?

Garlic is one ingredient that is almost made for the freezer and you can keep your garlic in whatever method you have chosen to have it prepped in the freezer for up to six months without it losing any of its texture or flavour.

You Can Freeze Garlic for Around 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Garlic?

If you have chosen to freeze minced, chopped or paste garlic then you don’t need to worry about defrosting it at all. Just grab what you need and put it straight into your recipe. Easy and hassle-free!

If you have whole garlic bulbs frozen then you might need to take them out of the freezer a couple of hours before you need them so that you can prep them before using. This shouldn’t take too long though.

Just take your garlic out of the freezer and put it in a bowl on the kitchen side for a couple of hours.

Can You Refreeze Garlic?

It isn’t generally recommended to refreeze any food item once it has been frozen and thawed but if you need to then as long as your garlic has been thawed correctly and fully you should be able to get away with freezing it.

Just be careful. It is in the thawing process that bacteria generally starts to grow and you don’t want to get sick.

Does Garlic Freeze Well?

Garlic is one of those ingredients that freezes brilliantly on the whole and for most recipes, you won’t be able to tell the difference at all between fresh and frozen garlic.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing garlic or garlic in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Wild Garlic?

Although similar in name and subtle flavour, wild garlic involves a completely different approach when it comes to freezing because it’s soft and delicate. We’ve actually written a dedicated article about freezing wild garlic so check that out.

Can You Freeze Aioli?

Unfortunately, aioli does not freeze well at all. This is the case for both traditionally made aioli and those made with mayonnaise. You’ll find it splits if you try to freeze aioli leaving you with a horrible, unappetising texture. 

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