How to Store and Select Garlic
You need to choose garlic heads that are firm with no nicks or soft cloves. If you see any dark, powdery patches under the skin then skip that garlic, as it is an indication of mold.
Unpeeled garlic heads should be kept in an open container in a cool and dry place that is away from other foods. Unpeeled garlic should never be put in the fridge or be frozen. If you store your garlic correctly then it could last for up to three months.
As garlic ages, it will produce little green sprouts that are in the center of each clove. These sprouts can be bitter so it is a good idea to remove these before you chop up your garlic.
If you plant the cloves those and allow these green sprouts to grow to about 6 inches then you will be able to use them like chives in a salad.
You are able to buy garlic in peeled whole cloves or as minced in olive oil or vegetable oil. You will need to store garlic in oil in the fridge to avoid potentially deadly botulism bacteria growth.
If you use garlic a lot then you can pre-peel your garlic and store them in olive oil in the fridge.
How to Peel Garlic
Place your garlic clove on a cutting board on its side and press it down gently with the flat side of a knife. The skin should then peel off with ease. With fresh garlic you may notice that the skin clings to the clove. As garlic gets older the clove begins to shrivel inside the skin, which makes it easier to peel.