Is this safe?

Asked December 20, 2020, 4:43 PM EST

I have heard it is unsafe to store garlic in oil because of botulism. Do you think this would be safe? Does heating it pasteurize the garlic?

Jackson County Oregon

1 Response

You are right to be concerned. Only way to safely store garlic in oil is to acidify it. pasteurizing the garlic would not destroy the spores of Clostridium botulinum and storing it in oil would create an anaerobic environment perfect for toxin to form.

We have a handout that is research based that gives you step by step instructions for making flavored oils with garlic and other herbs that is safe. Hope you will download it and follow it.

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Nellie Oehler