Oh, I'm hungry now and I already ate!
What kind of cheese is.the grated cheese?
Do you mince your garlic?
I had an older friend, a tomato farmer's wife, who would freeze her garlic, then when needed she would splinter a frozen clove with the flat side of a knife blade. It worked really well.
When i raised garlic the wife minced , froze then pinched off the amount she wanted . She found some hidden in the freezer that was 3 years old and good .