I grow garlic and I use the fresh garlic until just before Christmas. Much longer and it starts to sprout and go soft. The garlic I have left is broken into cloves, peeled and frozen on a cookie sheet. This year, it is -8 outside so I froze it outside. I then put it in a container in the freezer to use in dishes for the rest of the winter.
Waste not want not! Dang, I’m sounding like my father.
The Old Fat Guy