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How To Buy Fresh Garlic

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Find out what to look for when you buy fresh garlic on this lesson of Grocery School.
Garlic is a very versatile herb that can enhance any dish. It is often sold in heads which contains 10-20 cloves. Most recipes call for only a few cloves of garlic, hence a single head/bulb will go for a long way.
Unbroken heads can last for up to 3 months, whereas separated cloves will last for 5-10 days only. So, don’t over buy them your garlic.
In the grocery store, you should always pick fresh garlic by touching and smelling them.
• On picking head of a garlic, look for dry bulbs with off-white color. The skin of the garlic should have a prickly texture like the skin of onion.
• Squeeze the bulb to check its firmness. If it goes in with little pressure, it’s over ripe and unusable. You should not but the garlic.
• Check if there is any black spot or black in the bottom of the garlic. If black spot is present, do not buy.
• Smell the garlic, if there is no smell, go for it. Strong smell from garlic shows it’s over ripe.

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How to buy garlic
Find out what to look for when you buy fresh garlic on this lesson of Grocery School. Garlic is a very versatile herb that can enhance any dish. It is often sold in heads which contains 10-20 cloves. Most recipes call for only a few cloves of garlic, hence a single head/bulb will go for a long way. Unbroken heads can last for up to 3 months, whereas separated cloves will last for 5-10 days only. So, don’t over buy them your garlic.

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You can also buy cloves, remove their outer skin and this way they can be stored for about a month.