Storing garlic uncovered, such as in a wire-mesh basket inside your cupboard or beneath a small overturned clay pot, is ideal.
You can also store garlic in a paper bag, egg carton, or mesh bag. Just be sure there is plenty of dry air and little light to inhibit sprouting. To avoid mold, do not refrigerate or store garlic in plastic bags.
Garlic bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
- Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels, and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
- Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
- If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
- The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.