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    Flapjack is offline Seedling
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    Default What is the correct way to dry garlic?

    I've harvested all my garlic and have about 30 bulbs. I would like to dry them well so they don't go off before we can eat them all! I apologise for so many questions but I'm a bit confused - my books are a bit vague on this!

    Do I cut off the stems? How far down? What about the roots? Where is best to hang them up? Could i store them indoors? Can they be used before they are dried? (they are well past the green stage) How long should they take to dry out and what do i do with them when they are dry (store indoors?)?

    Any advice appreciated! Pics of my garlic harvest can be seen here

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    I harvested all mine monday and have put them out in the sun as they are to dry. Not sure if this is right though as it's my first time too!
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    Default drying garlic

    last year I dried my garlic in the sun I then trimmed off the roots and hung it in the shed along with my onions it kept well so I have done the same this year.

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    Thanks - but at what point do i cut off the stems? And how long before they are fully dried?

    Michelle

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    If you have the space tie them in bunches and hang them up with the roots down mine are drying in the greenhouse.
    They are dry enough when the skins take on the consisteny of very thin transparant paper you can plait them or leave them hanging in a dry airy place NOT in the Kitchen hope this helps jacob marley
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    Thanks Jacob...so do I keep the entire stalk and leaves attached until I want to use them?

    Sorry for the confusion!

    Michelle

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    Dry them as they are, once they have dried then you can trim the roots and cut some of the top off. I usually string mine together and trim the top to about 3/4 inches. Good idea to put hem under some sort of cover if it looks like raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flapjack View Post
    Thanks Jacob...so do I keep the entire stalk and leaves attached until I want to use them?

    Sorry for the confusion!

    Michelle
    No problem Flapjack you can just that or you can plait them once they are nice and dry and rustling .
    I keep mine on smalish wire netting trays hanging up in the greenhouse they keep perfect jacob marley
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