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How to preserve garlic paste

Updated February 21, 2017

From garlic bread to vinaigrette, garlic paste has broad range of culinary applications. Eliminate the necessity of crushing or mincing garlic for paste each time you need it by making it in bulk and preserving it. Two methods of preservation include freezing, and oil and vinegar preservation. These methods will give your garlic paste a shelf life of 9 to 12 months, allowing you to take just the amount you need when you need it.

Add the garlic paste to a glass gar with an airtight lid.

Fill the jar with white vinegar until it saturates approximately 1/3 of the garlic paste. The acidity of the vinegar will act as a preservative.

Fill the jar with extra virgin olive or soybean oil until the remainder of the garlic paste is covered.

Place the lid on the jar and shake well.

Stick an adhesive label on the jar and write an expiration date of 9 months in the future, using a permanent marker.

Store the jar of garlic paste in the refrigerator. Do not store the jar out of the refrigerator, as the combination of oil and garlic in room temperatures can create botulism.

Force the paste into the cavities of a mini ice cube tray, using a rubber spatula. Wait at least 15 minutes after making the paste to put in the ice cube tray so the flavours and nutritional properties ignited by crushing the garlic have time to fully develop.

Place the trays in the freezer for 8 hours.

Crack the trays and empty the garlic cubes into a plastic freezer bag. Each cube will be the equivalent of one garlic clove.

Write an expiration date of 9 months in the future on the bag.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini ice cube trays
  • Rubber spatula
  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Permanent marker
  • Jar with lid
  • White vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive or soybean oil
  • Adhesive label
  • Permanent marker
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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.