Honey fermented Garlic

Honey fermented garlic is really simple and delicious

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Fermenting garlic in honey is perfect for beginners because it is so easy! The raw honey naturally provides the right conditions for a delicious and probiotic ferment. See the section above for how to use honey fermented garlic, as an immune booster and a culinary delight. 


  • 3 to 5 heads of fresh garlic (see notes)
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp raw honey


  1. Sanitize an air-tight glass jar (1 cup / 250 mL).
  2. Fill the jar with peeled garlic leaving a 1/2-inch of headroom. I like to bruise the garlic a bit to help with the fermentation. I do this by pressing down on the garlic slightly with my kitchen knife until it cracks.
  3. Pour raw honey over the garlic until it is completely covered. The garlic will naturally float above the honey, and that’s fine.
  4. Cap with an air-tight lid and place the jar somewhere dark to ferment, like a closet. Open the jar every day for the first week to release the build-up of pressure (from the fermentation) then reseal the jar and turn it over. Rotating the jar will help keep the garlic submerged under the honey.
  5. After the first week, start checking the garlic every 3 days instead.
  6. See the notes below for a different jar option that will allow you to skip turning the jar and releasing the gas.
  7. The honey garlic needs to ferment for at least 1 week, and up to 3 months.
  8. Once you start to use the garlic, store the jar in the fridge to prevent potential contamination.


  • If you don’t want to have to keep checking and turning over your jar of garlic, then you need to use a jar that will release CO2 will preventing contamination. For example, you could use a fido jar with a well-fitting weight to keep the garlic below the honey.
  • Never use garlic that has any signs of mold, sprouting, or brown spots. You don’t want to contaminate your ferment!
  • Because of the health risks associated with the consumption of raw honey, this ferment is not recommended for pregnant women, children under the age of 1 year, or anyone who may be immunocompromised.