How to Store Garlic and Keep it Fresh

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I buy garlic in bulk because I use it so often. By storing garlic properly, the taste and texture are preserved.
The first thought for many people is to store garlic bulbs in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator or in the freezer. The cold temperature spoils the flavor as well as the texture of the garlic cloves.
Garlic is best stored in a cool, dry place. When I come home from the supermarket, I immediately take the garlic bulbs and place them in an airtight container or plastic baggie. Then I store them in a cabinet, ensuring a cool dark environment.
When cooking with garlic, your dish is only going to be as good as the garlic you use. Take care in storing garlic; you'll reap the rewards later.

Illustration depicting ways to and not to store garlic.
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