When selecting a head of garlic, look for large, clean, firm bulbs with unbroken, dry skins.
Cleaning consists of trimming the leaves and roots and removing the dirty outer wrappers.
Store garlic at room temperature in a location that is dark, dry, but has good air circulation. Unbroken bulbs can be kept up to 8 weeks if stored properly. Cloves broken from the garlic bulb will keep from 3- 10 days.