Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

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.


  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.
Most Helpful

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.

SlowFoodie January 04, 2010

Storing garlic in oil can cause botulism. See article at Health Canada website:

arneyt August 09, 2006

Aww the two reviews for this were so bad I have to throw in my two cents here. I've stored garlic this way for quite a few years...just remember, kids, to boil your jars and lids to prevent nasties. The most basic of basic canning and the leftover oil is fantastic for salad dressing...but then you didn't hear it from me, k? I've kept a mason jar in my fridge for quite some time, the oil will solidify...time to use a little scoop of it for sauteeing in place of butter...num. The naysayers below do have some good points but a little precaution goes a long way with this simple, effective practice of storing garlic.

Pookatron April 29, 2008