Garlic, as a savory and delicious condiment, is often used in recipes. When garlic is roasted, the smell and taste of the garlic intensify.
If you’ve roasted a lot of garlic, you will need to store them for later. Would freezing roasted garlic be one of the options for storage?
Yes, you can freeze roasted garlic. If it’s stored properly in an airtight container or freezer bag, the garlic will last for 9 to 12 months in the freezer.
Does Roasted Garlic Freeze Well?
Roasted garlic freezes well, but there are some things to consider before you freeze it.
Freezing roasted garlic can produce a concentrated form of this flavorful ingredient. Also, freezing roasted garlic does not change the nutritional value of the cloves so you can still enjoy the benefits of this versatile ingredient when it comes out from the freezer.
However, freezing changes the texture of the garlic a little bit. If you’re planning to use them in soups, stir-fries, or any recipes that require mixing, freezing roasted garlic shouldn’t be an issue.
How To Freeze Roasted Garlic
Freezing roasted garlic is easy and does not require any cooking or special equipment.
Freezing is an easy way to keep the garlic in your freezer for a long time without having to worry about it spoiling or going bad.
To freeze, simply put the roasted garlic or other vegetables into a zip lock bag with some air removed from the bag before sealing it shut.
Then label the bag with the date of freezing and place it into the freezer.
How Long Can You Freeze Roasted Garlic?
The shelf life of garlic in your freezer is about 9-12 months, a minimum of 2-3 months after which the flavor starts to diminish.
After about 12 months, the roasted garlic will start to deteriorate in quality.
For optimal quality, it’s a good idea to try to use the roasted garlic within 6 months.
How Do You Defrost Roasted Garlic?
Roasted garlic is generally a delicious and aromatic dish that requires a little preparation. It can be tricky to defrost roasted garlic so that it is soft and ready to eat.
Here’s how to defrost roasted garlic the right way in the microwave.
Step 1: Place the entire head of roasted garlic on a plate and cover with a paper towel or two (to absorb excess moisture).
Step 2: Microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
Step 3: Remove from the microwave and let it sit on the countertop until cool.
Another option to defrost roasted garlic is in the oven. Defrosting your roasted garlic should be done by preheating the oven to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Then place the garlic into the oven and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
Can You Refreeze Roasted Garlic?
You can freeze roasted garlic again, only if it has not thawed completely yet. Refreeze got the garlic will have little to no changes in the texture and taste.
On the other hand, if the roasted garlic has thawed completely, it’s best to not freeze it again. Freezing and thawing them more than once will cause the quality of the garlic to deteriorate even more.
Other Questions about Roasted Garlic
Can you freeze roasted garlic in olive oil?
You may be surprised to know that you can freeze roasted garlic in olive oil. This is because the garlic has a high oil content that prevents it from freezing.
In addition, the oil will help prevent the roasted garlic from getting freezer burn.
You should let the garlic cool down for about ten minutes before freezing it. You will want to place the oil and garlic in a freezer-safe container since freezing can cause some oil to leak out of the container.
Just make sure to not let it freeze for too long. The reason is that it will oxidize and turn brown.