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Shelf Life of Minced Garlic

Started 1326647234.003 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1326658916.82 by goodstuff

What is the shelf life of minced garlic? How do you know if it's good or bad?

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beba511326648445.79312 PostsRegistered 11/19/2011

If your talking about the jar stuff. I keep it in the fridge after I open it and I use it up before I suspect it has gone bad. I'm not sure what your asking.

forrestwolf1326648724.7736508 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

I can not get good fresh garlic where I live......so I do buy the large jars of minced garlic on the shelf, and then once opened it does have to be refrigerated........Mine stays good for a very long time, and some times, past the date........depending on when I opened itCool

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PinkyPetun­ia1326648825.8334685 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

I assume you mean the minced garlic in the jar, too. I don't buy it as I don't use garlic often enough to use up a jar. It doesn't taste as good as real garlic anyway IMO. I keep a head or 2 of real garlic in the fridge. It lasts a long time and I just chop up a clove as needed. Works for me. Fresh garlic is available everywhere here; good quality and cheap.

Seems to me there was some issue in the past about the jars of garlic not being safe to eat because of spoilage or some other thing. Don't recall exactly.

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jewel31326654037.8871822 PostsRegistered 6/11/2006West Coast
Freeze it before it smells like it has gone off.

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onewhiteSp­arrow1326658388.8179947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

Can we freeze the jar minced garlic? Because we buy the large jar and I worry about the shelf life when we open the jar.

If I can freeze the jar minced garlic I will freeze some in the ice trays. Place the frozen squares into another container and take out one at a time when I am cooking.

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goodstuff1326658916.8217149 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I don't know the limit, but if you keep minced garlic refrigerated, it lasts a lo-o-o-ong time! I just smell it occasionally to be sure it smells like OK garlic, not tainted, and go merrily on with my cooking. I only use minced garlic in recipes where it will be thoroughly cooked anyway, so I don't worry about this much. I've been using this product for years and have never had a jar go bad, even though a large jar may last for months.

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