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How to Freeze Garlic the Easy Way

Learn all the tips and tricks on How to Freeze Garlic to save yourself time and money. A stash of frozen garlic in your freezer can easily be added to main dishes, soups, and sauces for quick meals that the whole family will love.

A blue dish with garlic and chopped garlic in muffin liners on a white board

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Imagine what your meal prep is going to look like if you don’t have to peel and chop garlic anytime you need it? Consider me your kitchen fairy godmother, because I’m about to make that dream a reality.

A bag or container of frozen minced/chopped or whole cloves of garlic ready to go makes your easy healthy meal prep a breeze. Tons of prepped frozen produce is a staple in our Freezer Essentials. Add in the knowledge of how to freeze onions, and weeknight dinners are about to get awesome.

We actually go through this kitchen staple so quickly that I plant a 4×6 garden bed each year to grow my own! Interested in adding some to your garden? Check out this post on How to Plant Garlic Step by Step.

Does Freezing Garlic Ruin It?

Not at all! It helps preserve that fantastic flavor we all know and love. And because it can help you whip up speedy meals, you’re going to love it even more.

Is Frozen Garlic as Good as Fresh?

If you’re planning to use it in dishes like Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Rice or roasting it for Fried Gnocchi and Veggies, you won’t even be able to tell the difference! For recipes like Baked Brie in Puff Pastry, I would stick with fresh.

TOOLS FOR FREEZING Garlic

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How Long Can You Keep Garlic in the Freezer?

Frozen garlic will last in a conventional freezer for six months. If you have a deep freeze/stand-alone freezer, you’re safe to keep it in there for up to a year.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Garlic?

For minced, I just stick a frozen “disk” in my recipe while cooking. No thawing required! For whole cloves, you can allow them to thaw at room temperature for an hour or microwave for 15 seconds. 

If the whole cloves will be roasted, like being added to a Paleo Roast Chicken, adding them to the recipe still frozen is totally fine.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Keep the minced garlic in the parchment muffin liners when storing in the freezer to prevent them from sticking to each other. 
  • I strongly recommend storing the frozen minced garlic in 8 oz (jam-sized) canning jars in the freezer. I prefer 4 oz jars for whole cloves. The garlic smell will linger in reusable silicone storage bags. Related: Canning Supplies List
  • If you don’t want to use mini muffin tins, freeze the minced garlic/olive oil mixture in a bowl. When it is halfway frozen, dollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Remove the dollops when fully frozen and freeze in small canning jars.

Whole cloves of garlic in a canning jar sitting on a blue plate

MORE Helpful “HOW TO” POSTS

If you have leftover heads/cloves, try your hand at roasting it! My two favorite methods are Instant Pot Roasted Garlic and Air Fryer Roasted Garlic.

A blue dish with garlic and chopped garlic in muffin liners on a white board
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How to Freeze Garlic

Prep Time10 mins
Freezing Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Learn all the tips and tricks on How to Freeze Garlic to save yourself time and money.

Ingredients

Instructions

How to Freeze Minced Garlic

  • Break apart a head of garlic, and cut off the root end from each clove.
  • Remove the papery skin from the cloves.
  • Using a sharp knife, mince the garlic to uniform pieces. If you have a food processor, you can "pulse" the garlic to quickly chop everything.
  • Spoon minced garlic into mini muffin tins lined with muffin papers, filling them three-fourths full.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the garlic, and then use the spoon to gently press the minced garlic down until it is mostly covered with oil.
  • Freeze for 2-3 hours, and then remove the muffin liners from the pan and freeze each garlic "puck" in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.

How to Freeze Whole Garlic

  • Break apart a head of garlic, and cut off the root end from each clove.
  • Remove the papery skin from the cloves.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and place the cloves on top, without allowing them to touch each other.
  • Freeze for 3 hours and then transfer to freezer storage.

Notes

Store the frozen minced garlic in 8 oz (jam-sized) canning jars in the freezer. I prefer 4 oz jars for whole cloves.
 
Frozen garlic will last in a conventional freezer for six months. If you have a deep freeze/stand-alone freezer, you’re safe to keep it in there for up to a year.

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4 comments on “How to Freeze Garlic the Easy Way”

  1. Having this is on hand is so convenient I’ll probably buy the big bag of pre-peeled garlic from Costco again to do this when I run low. (I purchased it a couple months ago because it was the only fresh garlic available and then had to figure out how to use a whole bag before it got yucky – Sarah to the rescue!) 

    The only change I made was to use sunflower oil (I don’t always want the flavor of olive oil since I use garlic in all sorts of dishes). It made them a touch softer I think, but not problematically so. Also, I had so much that I froze some spread thinly on a parchment lined sheet pan that I then broke into thirds and stashed in a gallon ziptop bag. This has been helpful when I only need a clove or two worth rather than the larger amount in a mini-muffin cup; I just break off a bit from the sheet as needed.

  2. At the beginning of the Pandemic, when food was scarce not he shelves, I overbought when I found something that I frequently use. Costco had a huge bag of garlic that I bought. It turns out that despite using some garlic daily, I still have tons to deal with that I fear will go bad even keeping it in a cool, dark, place. I will follow your tips for freezing it.. thanks so much!

  3. We recently picked up a Costco-sized bag of garlic and I couldn’t stand the idea of it going bad before we got through all of it. As if in cue, Sarah posts this simple and easy method for freezing garlic. My hands will probably keep the vampires away for a while but it is so worth it to cut down on prep time in the future.

    • Haha, I always know when I have been chopping garlic because my showers are very garlic-scented the next day!!

      Glad I could help keep Ivan in garlic for a few weeks.