Have you ever reached for a bulb of garlic in the fridge and found that it has already sprouted? Irritating and sometimes impossible to avoid in the winter months when fresh garlic is a rare grocery store item in many parts of the country.
First of all, sprouted garlic is totally useable (although you may want to open the clove and pull out the sprout, it can be a little more bitter in flavor than you are wanting from your garlic.
The other options? You can plant the cloves and grow more garlic. Here is some good information on planting sprouted garlic cloves.
And if you can’t wait patiently for a new mature bulb of garlic to grow, here is some information on growing and cooking with the more delicately flavored spring, green garlic.