Hi there! There’s no doubt that home grown garlic tastes so much better than store bought. It’s no wonder so many people are learning how to grow their own but what do you do once you harvest it? Well, it’s time to cure your garlic. Curing is the process of drying your garlic bulbs so that they can be stored for a longer amount of time than if you didn’t properly cure them. Let me help you get your garlic cured fast so you’ll have garlic to enjoy until your next harvest.
Once you pull your garlic do not wash or rinse off the dirt. Adding extra moisture will add to dry time and can cause mold. There are many places and ways to store your fresh garlic but what’s most important is that you have a space that is cool, dry and not to humid.
For tips on what to do with your garlic harvest check out this post!
The drying process can take anywhere from two to four weeks depending on air flow and humidity so check on your garlic daily to make sure it’s drying properly and not growing any mold.
Many people love the look of braided garlic but in my experience braided garlic dries slower due to low air flow between the garlic foliage and bulbs.
The quickest method for drying garlic is to hang it or lay it where it can get air flow from all sides. To increase airflow around your garlic you will want to add a fan and run it 24 hours a day.
Once all the foliage is dry and crispy and the bulbs feel dry your done! Depending on your garlic variety you will have tasty cured garlic for months!