Store fresh garlic in the refrigerator and use it within one week of purchasing or harvesting. Store dried garlic bulbs purchased from the supermarket at room temperature in dark places with good air circulation.
Store dried garlic bulbs in a dark place such as a closed cupboard or on the counter under an inverted bowl to prevent light from making them sprout. Paper bags and mesh bags also work for storing garlic provided they are placed in a dark, airy area. Dried garlic lasts for months if properly stored, but once the cloves have broken off from a whole garlic bulb, use the remainder as soon as possible. Store minced garlic by placing it in an airtight container and putting it in the refrigerator. Storing dried garlic in the freezer results in loss of flavor.