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Storing of peeled garlic cloves?

greygarious | Sep 10, 2010 11:17 AM

I confess to using garlic powder and jarred garlic (TJ's crushed garlic, which I prefer to supermarket jars of minced). Fresh garlic tastes too sharp and hot for me, and I dislike the way the skins stick to my fingers when I peel the cloves. Still, I always feel a bit unworthy, so a couple of weeks ago I bought peeled garlic cloves, which came in a plastic deli-type container, displayed in the produce section of the supermarket. Clearly they buy it in larger aizes and repackage into pint containers. I put the unopened container into the produce drawer in my refrigerator. A day later, the fridge reeked of garlic. I transferred the cloves to a glass jar with a metal lid, which I tightened well, and put it back in the same spot. The fridge continued to stink. I figured that might still be from the plastic container and hoped it would dissipate in time. Two weeks went by - I only used a few of the cloves in cooking. The smell diminished but was still there. Finally yesterday I slowly pan-roasted all the garlic (in olive oil), put them back into the jar, and refrigerated them. Today the smell is almost gone. I will have to freeze some of it, since I won't use it up fast enough. The TJ's crushed garlic (glass jar, metal lid) never smells up the fridge.

'Hounds, if you buy peeled garlic, how do you store it?

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