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Fresh garlic powder packs a powerful punch of flavor and nutrients, and making your own is a simple process. Here’s how to make your own garlic powder.
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Making your own garlic powder is as simple as dehydrating fresh garlic, then grinding it into a powder. But to get all particular about it, here are the nitty-gritty details:
1. Peel and slice each clove of garlic long ways
If you don’t have time to slice all the garlic cloves at one time, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days until you’ve finished slicing all the garlic cloves.
2. Dehydrate the garlic slices
I use an Excalibur dehydrator, and these are the instructions that work for me. Your dehydrator may work slightly differently.
Spread the sliced garlic in a single layer on non-stick sheets and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 7 hours. Because your goal is to dry the garlic until it is crispy, it’s hard to make a mistake with this.
Begin checking every hour between the 6th and the 12th hour for crispness.
3. Grind dehydrated garlic into powder
The final step is to process the crisp garlic into garlic powder. We use our inexpensive coffee/spice grinder. I use this thing to grind most of our herbs and spices into powder. My favorite is turning dried cayenne peppers into bright red cayenne powder!
For fresher garlic powder, keep the dried garlic slices in a mason jar and grind into powder in small quantities as needed to fill a spice jar.
For this project I powdered all of my garlic at once because I was curious to know if the total yield was worth the time in preparation, and it totally was. I’m guessing this will keep us going with fancy spice blends for several years!
4. Making Seasonings and Spice Blends with your Garlic Powder
Garlic salt is a good place to start. Simply mix 1 part garlic powder to 3-4 parts salt. You can mix by hand, or throw them in the spice blender together to get the salt to the same consistency as the garlic powder. I keep a silica gel packet in the spice jar to absorb moisture and keep it from clumping. Or try the old-fashioned rice trick.
In general, garlic is an awesome crop to grow.
You can’t beat getting:
- fresh garlic scapes in spring
- garlic bulbs in summer
- dried garlic powder whenever the heck you wanna dehydrate some garlic
- mulch for pest-prone plants from kitchen waste and trimmings
Need more homestead kitchen ideas?
- How to Preserve Tomatoes in Small Batches
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- Weekly Meal Planning Template
Are you looking for strategies for your permaculture garden? You’ll find loads of information in my book, The Suburban Micro-Farm.
What’s your favorite way to preserve garlic?