Garlic is a flavorful and versatile ingredient that is used in many dishes. To keep garlic fresh and flavorful for as long as possible, it's important to store it properly. First, make sure to choose garlic bulbs that are firm and free of soft spots or mold. Store garlic in a cool, dark, and dry place, such as a pantry or cabinet. Do not store garlic in the refrigerator, as this can cause it to sprout or become moldy. Avoid storing garlic near other foods with strong odors, as it can absorb these odors and affect its flavor. When you're ready to use garlic, remove the outer layers of skin and break off the cloves you need. Garlic can be used fresh or roasted, and can also be stored in the freezer for longer shelf life.