How To Tell If Garlic Is Bad

There are a couple of ways to determine if garlic is has gone bad. First, you should touch it to see how firm it is. Fresh garlic will be firm and slightly crisp. Spoiled garlic with feel soft and mushy.

A clear sign that garlic has gone bad is a change in color. If the garlic has brown spots on it then you know it is no good. If mold is growing on the garlic it is unsavable, so don’t risk getting sick and toss it.

Yellowed garlic can still be used however it’s likely the taste will be a bit off.

How Long Does Fresh Garlic Last?

  • Fresh Garlic that hasn’t been broken apart can last around six months. Be sure to store the fresh garlic in a cool dry place.
  • Once they have been taken apart, a single clover will last between two to three weeks.
  • Freshly peeled garlic cloves will last up to a week if stored in the refrigerator.
  • Remaining chopped garlic should be thrown out unless covered with olive oil and refrigerated. This will last around three days.
  • If you are hesitant to throw away a piece of garlic you can always cut the bad parts off.
how to tell garlic gone bad
Mushy brown garlic should be thrown out.

Is It Safe To Eat Bad Garlic?

Brown, moldy, or mushy garlic should not be eaten. Yellow garlic or garlic with green sprouts in the center can still be eaten. The flavor might be slightly off though.

Sprouted garlic is safe to eat.


Hello! I’m Katie, mom, hobby fermenter, gardener, canner, and boundless experimenter. Here at Fermenters Kitchen, our team of enthusiast aims to encourage readers to embark on a fermentation journey with us, one bubbly jar at a time.

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