Quick Tip: Freezing Green Garlic (Green Onions, Leeks, Chives)

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on June 13, 2013

I always seem to miss a few garlic cloves somewhere in my garden. When spring hits this “second year” garlic pops up in unexpected places.  There are usually only 3 or 4 of them, and I’ve got a large row of intentional garlic planted elsewhere.  So I freeze them!

Note:  This same technique works great for green onions, leeks, and chives!

I pull them up, rinse them off and stick them in a jar of water until I am ready to deal with them. These hung out on my counter for 2 days.

Freezing Green GarlicNext I cut the ragged tops and the roots off and then peel of the top layer of the garlic to leave me with nice clean looking green garlic

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Then it’s time to chop.

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In the bigger slices you can kind of see the cloves.

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Next I spread them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and flash freeze them for an hour.

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The fully frozen (and completely loose) green garlic is transfered to a zippered baggie and put back in the freezer.

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Next time I’m making a dish that works well with a mild garlic taste, I just toss some in!

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