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If you harvested loads of garlic this year, here’s how to make your very own garlic powder and enhance your homemade spice blends.
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There are a few options for preserving garlic, but making garlic powder is my favorite.
How to Make Garlic Powder
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 single layers on non-stick sheets and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 7 hours. Dehydrating garlic is easy since you want the garlic to be crispy – it’s hard to mess it up!
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 ground 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
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
What’s your favorite way to preserve garlic?