How to Pickle Garlic Cloves

Make a batch of pickled garlic cloves to add to soups, sauces and marinades to keep winter illnesses at bay.

Jar of pickled garlic cloves

Pickled garlic is delicious, plus it’s easy to store and lasts much longer than fresh garlic.

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Follow this pickled garlic recipe to enjoy flavor-packed, healthful garlic year-round.


• Peeled garlic cloves
• Apple cider vinegar (to cover)
• Raw local honey (to taste)


1. Fill a glass jar with garlic cloves and cover with apple cider vinegar. Keep in a warm, dark place for 3 to 4 weeks.

2, After a few weeks, strain liquid and set the garlic cloves aside.

3. Pour half the liquid into a small saucepan over very low heat and stir in honey until fully incorporated.

4. Pour the reduction back over the garlic and store in a cool dark place, such as your pantry, for another 3 weeks.

5. Eat a clove of the pickled garlic whenever you wish, but for treating cold or flu, eat 3 to 5 cloves a day.

Get more recipes and advice on gardening for wintertime health in Winter Herbal Remedies from the Medicinal Garden.