Storing Garlic in Oil

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Susie in Texas

To keep fresh garlic on hand, you can store it submerged in olive (or vegetable) oil. Another perk for storing garlic this way is that you can also use the garlic flavored oil for cooking. Just remember to replenish the oil to keep your cloves submerged.

Top Review by SlowFoodie

I do something very similar, and put it in the freezer. I put the garlic in oil on plastic wrap, and work it into a roll of about 3/4-inch. Wrap it up, put the roll in a zip-top bag and into the freezer. It will freeze solid, so rolling it out makes it easy to just slice off however much you need. I also blanch my garlic before I mince it - this helps soften the bite that raw garlic can have.


  1. Separate heads into individual cloves of garlic.
  2. Peel the garlic cloves.
  3. Cloves may be left whole, chopped or minced, whatever your preference may be.
  4. Place garlic cloves in a small jar with a tight fitting lid.
  5. Add oil to completely cover the garlic, place cover on jar and close tightly.
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  7. Replenish oil as needed to keep garlic covered.

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