Preserving immature garlic

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  1. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Has anyone tried to save immature garlic & if so how? And was it successful?

    I saw a rain shower coming so raced out to the garden to pick some lettuce leaves for lunch.
    Saw that my 6 lovely huge iceberg lettuce just forming hearts are succumbing to wet induced wilt...botheration...!
    Then saw my garlic doing the same! yikes!:eek:

    Generally at this time of year we get some showers & storms but when I grow garlic in the raised beds & bath tub beds, it holds well & matures around xmas to early new year once a bit more heat gets on it.
    However today now, I have been forced to pick the garlic & as you can see in the photo it hasn't yet begun to form into cloves. It is still just one large onion like bulb.

    I'm thinking of trying to dehydrate some sliced; put some sliced into oil...maybe the oil needs to be heated (or will the immature garlic just collapse to form a sludge in the jar?); hang a few to dry but I feel this might not work due to the amount of rain we keep getting & the high humidity. If they were rotting in the growing medium, then surely they will continue to rot once hung to dry in such moist humid conditions?

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    I have hung mine in onion bags, on the verandah. I use them a couple of times a week. They have kept well for a month now.
     
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    Thanks for that info Lois.
    I left mine on the bbq table on the verandah & it is drying nicely.
    I ate a fine sliver off one clove & it nearly knocked me into tomorrow!
    WOW!:D
     
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    Yes I have noticed mine are strong flavoured.
     
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    I love strong garlic - not so easy to grow in the subtropics!
     
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    So it's almost 4wks since I picked the garlic.
    I left it on the bbq table on the verandah where it is dry, airy & not the slightest bit humid.
    I have a bunch of other garlic there too along with around 2.5kg red onions I picked on same day as the garlic.
    The onions dried nicely, but the garlic was too young.
    Some has begun drying but the tiny bulbs just went soft.
    I have been using them up as fast as I can but I will loose most of the smallest bulbs.
    The golf ball sized bulbs will dry ok.
     
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    I skin and dice garlic then put it in the dehydrator. Store in a jar then use as required. Still have the last of the 2016 crop stored this way. I use either the dried diced pieces or put some in the mortar and pestle to powder. I still lost all the smallest bulbs to softening they were hanging from the shed rafters and we have low humidity in summer
     
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    Great idea Helen! Mine also tends to rot instead of cure here in the subtropics (not all) but dehydrating or pickling would be the go - I'll have to try it. :)
     
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