Garlic in Avocado Oil
Hi All -
I had an abundance of garlic this year and put a bunch of rinsed & dried off, peeled cloves in avocado oil to store in the refrigerator for future use. I've done this in the past in a large quart jar with plenty of head room, but the jar I'm asking about today was a used, washed/cleaned pickled carrot jar. Anyway, when I was selecting a jar to give to a neighbor, I noticed this jar was oily so I opened the lid and that cause quite a bit of "off-gassing"/bubbling up that I have not ever seen in any previous jars I've stored. I opened two others I stored on the same day and there were a few little bubbles that percolated up to the top, but nothing at all like the upsurge I got on the jar in question. I'm certain this is not an "unsanitary" issue and garlic is supposed to be antibacterial and antiviral, etc., right?
Question: Does garlic ferment in oil even while stored in the refrigerator?
I did not acidify the garlic prior to putting it in the oil.
Can this be botulism?
p.s. I did NOT give this jar or any other jars to the neighbor. I want to see if it's fermented myself in the next recipe I need it in.
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