Garlic powder is a direct recipe. It’s a long-lasting way to preserve fresh herbs, ensuring the nutrients and flavor are intact when we use this ingredient.
Healthier varieties cost more to buy than to make at home. Why pay a premium for organic garlic powder when you can prepare it yourself? We’re going to show you how in this article.
Making garlic powder – step one
Granulated garlic is dried garlic in powdered form. We use it in sauce recipes, meat spices and as a healthy alternative to high-sodium ingredients.
The first step is to peel and clean the cloves. The skin should be simple to remove, especially if you’re working with ripe garlic. Chop the hard ends off, then roll the cloves between your thumb and index finger to peel them.
This process may take some time. After about 10 minutes of prep work, you’ll be able to fill a medium-sized colander with garlic cloves. Rinse them with cold, clean water, then let them dry thoroughly.
Finally, we have to chop them to appropriate size. A food processor works just fine, but you want the pieces large enough to keep the juices intact, rather them blending them into a liquid. The result should be tiny, solid pieces of garlic.
Dry garlic in a round dehydrator
Set your fruit dryer machine to 130 degrees F. Pour the chopped garlic onto the dehydrator trays evenly, spreading it out. This will help it dehydrate consistently.
Desiccate for about 10 hours. You’ll know it’s done when the garlic is brittle, and dry enough that you don’t detect any moisture. Remember that it’ll dampen a bit after you let it cool for about 30 minutes.
Drying time will depend on your dehydrator. We recommend a reliable, quality model. You’ll have access to the proper trays, and other features, such as a proficient ventilation system.
At this point, you could simply store your dried garlic for a later date. You can store it in cool, dark storage for years on end. You can even extend this shelf life if you have access to a vacuum sealer to lock oxygen out of the equation.
Turning it into ground garlic
A coffee grinder will get the job done. Any kind of food processor that can blend solid ingredients into a fine powder is adequate, provided that you may need to repeat this process for large batches. A mortar and pestle is the ideal tool for professional cooking.
As you see, you could duplicate this to make onion powder. The same is true for any kind of dried, powdered ingredient, such as orange juice, tomato puree and even condensed milk.
A vegetable dryer will produce healthy dried food at less cost than buying it in the grocery store!