Making Garlic Powder


Dehydrating food is something I've determined to do this year, so when my husband suggested we try making our own garlic powder with some of our excess garlic, I was all for it.     

First, you'll want to break apart your bulbs and peel the skins from the individual cloves. 
peeled garlic cloves

Next, slice the cloves thinly and uniformly, cutting out any bad spots you come across.  Perfection is not needed here but keep in mind that thicker pieces will increase drying time.

garlic slices on baking sheet

Spread your sliced garlic in an even layer on a baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Ninety minutes has been our typical drying time but it may vary for you.  

dried garlic

To check for doneness, try bending one of your garlic pieces.  If it's flexible, there's still too much moisture in it and you'll want to put it back in the oven.  If it snaps cleanly in half, it's ready.  

 snapping dried garlic  

I hope to have a mortar and pestle someday, but for now my blender will suffice.  As you can see, most of the garlic has a fine, powdered consistency but there are still some small pieces left.  You can sift these out and try to crush them further, if you prefer.  My family are garlic lovers and don't mind the extra bits in my cooking, so I didn't bother.

grinding garlic in blender 

Making garlic powder is so easy, and now I have the satisfaction of knowing there is one less thing I'll have to buy from the store.  I love it!

Susan Keast
6/11/2013 11:36:54 PM

coffee bean grinder.. just sayin

Wendy Slatt
1/30/2013 5:53:17 PM

Dave, growing garlic isn't hard either, at least not in our garden. With everything else we've got going on, (animals, kids, acres) it's nice to have a few tasks that aren't so labor-intensive. Hope you'll give it a try, I think you'd like it. :)

1/30/2013 4:17:16 PM

Wendy, Huh, who would have thought making garlic powder would be so easy. Peel them, cut them, dry them, blend them. It couldn't be any easier than that. I don't grow garlic but maybe I'll have to add it to the list to grow sometime in the future. Have a great garlic powder day.

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