How long does fresh garlic last?

  1. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I have a clove of garlic in my fridge thats a few months old, but it doesn't look bad or anything... Is it ok to use?
  2. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Storing Garlic:

    Fresh garlic should not be placed in the fridge. According to the information in the link above, and information from Chef, it can become moldy and soft. If it is either, toss it out.

    Chef always keeps his fresh garlic in the mesh bag it comes in and hangs it on a hook in a cool dry place.

    Would you eat the garlic you have stored in your fridge? Too, if you have ask if it's good or not, I would just toss it. If in doubt, throw it out. :) I would hate for you or your fish to get sick!

  3. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Weird. Never knew that lol Last I touched it (a week ago?) it was still hard, and looked and smelled like garlic.

    Its just a single clove :p Garlic for the fishies!
  4. gourami88 Member Member

    Garlic is one of those few foods that is actually hurt by fridge storage. Cool and dry is all it needs and they can actually last a while.
  5. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Hm, so I guess I'll throw that one away :p I had bought another one (because I though I threw the one in the fridge away), and then I found it the next day LOL I have the other one sitting out by the fish tank so I won't forget to use it :;nin2
  6. octonaut Member Member

    it sprouts in the fridge - cold is the trigger to start the growing process! it's a bulb...
  7. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    exactly as said above.

    When in doubt throw it out.
  8. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I'll get around to it eventually LOL
  9. cletus Member Member

    That’s a very interesting website Ken. I love garlic myself. I too did not know it was not supposed to be kept in the fridge. I did find one interesting thing on that website though:

    “As well as co-planting the cloves themselves, you can use garlic extracts to protect other crops. There is a long tradition of treating plants with garlic solution. Recently, scientists at Newcastle University confirmed scientifically that garlic oil is effective at repelling and even killing snails and slugs.”

    This makes me think that using garlic in our fish tank could be harmful to our snails. Of course a lot of us use garlic and keep snails and haven’t seemed to have a problem. But I think it does bring up something to question.
  10. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    I soak the fish food in garlic, and then put all the water I soaked it in right back into the tank. I have MTS-a-plenty lol
  11. cletus Member Member

    I do too. It just caught my attention when I read it.
  12. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning,

    Good point Cletus!

    I haven't had any issues with using Garlic Guard and my pond snails. They even eat the garlic soaked foods I provide for my Pleco.

  13. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    I did not know Garlic should not be kept in the refridgerator either. But, it makes sense; in all the real Italian houses and good chef's houses, you always see the garlic hanging. I have always kept my Garlic in the fridge. And yes, it does sprout a lot of the time.:;bananapc