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Homemade Garlic Powder

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The Versatile and Budget-Friendly Magic of Homemade Garlic Powder

If there’s one ingredient every budget-savvy home cook should have in their pantry, it’s homemade garlic powder. This versatile seasoning adds a delightful burst of flavor to countless dishes, all while being easy on your wallet.

We’ll dive into the step-by-step process of making garlic powder from scratch, so you can enjoy the taste of fresh garlic year-round without breaking the bank. Get ready to unlock the magic of homemade garlic powder!

 Derived from dried garlic cloves, it offers a convenient alternative to fresh garlic while maintaining its distinctive flavor and aroma. We will also explore the production process of garlic powder, its numerous benefits, and culinary uses while providing helpful tips for incorporating it into your cooking repertoire.

Did you know? Garlic is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Consuming garlic can promote heart and liver health, help prevent cancer, and fight against bacteria.

Production Process of Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is made through a relatively simple process.

  1. First, fresh garlic bulbs are harvested and carefully selected.
  2. Then, the cloves are cleaned, peeled, and dried to remove excess moisture.
  3. Once dried, they are ground into a fine powder using specialized machinery.
  4. The resulting powder is then packaged and stored in airtight containers to preserve its freshness and flavor.

Benefits of Using Garlic Powder

Garlic powder offers several advantages over fresh garlic. One of the key benefits is its convenience. Unlike fresh garlic, which requires peeling and mincing, garlic powder can be easily measured and added directly to recipes.

Additionally, garlic powder has a considerably longer shelf life, making it a pantry staple that can be readily available whenever needed. Furthermore, it provides a consistent flavor profile, ensuring that each dish receives the desired amount of garlic taste.

It is important to note that garlic powder also retains many of the health benefits associated with fresh garlic, including potential immune-boosting and antibacterial properties.

Did you know? Garlic used to be called “Russian penicillin” and was given to soldiers in World War II as medicine. It was believed to have antibacterial properties. Source

Culinary Uses of Garlic Powder

The culinary uses of garlic powder are virtually endless. Its ability to enhance the flavor of various dishes makes it a go-to ingredient for chefs and home cooks alike. From seasoning meats, poultry, and seafood to adding depth to sauces, soups, and stews, garlic powder adds a delicious twist to any recipe.

It can also be incorporated into marinades and dressings, providing a burst of flavor. Additionally, sprinkling garlic powder on vegetables, potatoes, and bread before roasting or baking can elevate their taste to new heights.

Tips for Using Garlic Powder

To make the most out of garlic powder in your cooking, here are some helpful tips:

  • Use proper measurement: As garlic powder is more concentrated than fresh garlic, it is important to use the appropriate amount according to the recipe.
  • Avoid burning or bitterness: Garlic powder can quickly turn bitter if exposed to high heat for too long. To prevent this, add it towards the end of the cooking process or mix it with other ingredients before adding them to the heat.
  • Enhance flavor with spice combinations: Experiment with combining garlic powder with other spices and herbs such as onion powder, paprika, or oregano to create unique flavor profiles.
  • Store properly: To maintain freshness, store garlic powder in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Consider using an airtight container or jar to prevent moisture absorption.

The Thrifty Art of Making Garlic Powder from Scratch

Making garlic powder at home is a simple and rewarding process. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how to do it:

  1. Harvesting and Preparing the Garlic Bulbs: Start by growing or sourcing fresh garlic bulbs. Choose bulbs that are firm and free from any mold or blemishes. Carefully separate the cloves from the bulb.
    fresh garlic cloves
  2. Peeling and Slicing the Cloves: Peel the papery skin off each clove, revealing the pungent goodness within. Once peeled, use a sharp knife to thinly slice the garlic cloves. Uniform slices will ensure even drying.
    peel the garlic cloves
  3. Drying the Garlic: Now it’s time to dry the garlic slices. There are a few methods to choose from:
    • Oven Drying: Preheat your oven to its lowest setting. Arrange the sliced garlic on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they’re spread out evenly. Place them in the oven for several hours, checking and turning them occasionally until they become dry and crispy.
    • Dehydrator: If you have a dehydrator, spread the garlic slices on the trays, leaving space between them for proper airflow. Set the dehydrator to approximately 115°F (46°C) and let it work its magic for 8-12 hours, or until the slices are thoroughly dried.
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    • Sun Drying: If you live in a warm and dry climate, sun drying is an option. Lay the garlic slices on a clean screen or wire rack, ensuring they’re protected from insects and birds. Place them in a sunny spot with good airflow and let nature do its job for several days until they’re completely dry.
  4. Grinding the Dried Garlic: Once the garlic slices are dry and brittle, it’s time to transform them into powder. You have two options:
    • Mortar and Pestle: For a hands-on approach, use a mortar and pestle to grind the dried garlic slices into a fine powder. This method allows you to control the texture and achieve the desired consistency.
    • Spice Grinder or Blender: If you prefer a quicker method, use a spice grinder or blender to pulverize the dried garlic slices into a smooth powder. Pulse in short bursts to avoid overheating and forming clumps.
  5. Storing the Homemade Garlic Powder: Transfer your freshly ground garlic powder to an airtight container or glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store it in a cool, dark place to preserve its potent flavor and aroma. Properly stored, homemade garlic powder can last up to a year.

 

The Budget-Friendly Benefits of Homemade Garlic Powder

Creating your own garlic powder offers numerous benefits beyond just saving money. Here are a few reasons why homemade is better:

  1. Cost-Effective: Making garlic powder at home is incredibly budget-friendly. By growing your own garlic or buying it in bulk when it’s in season, you can significantly reduce costs compared to store-bought options.
  2. Freshness and Flavor: Homemade garlic powder retains the vibrant flavors of fresh garlic, providing a more intense and authentic taste compared to pre-packaged varieties. Plus, you can customize the level of coarseness to suit your preferences.
  3. No Additives or Preservatives: When you make garlic powder from scratch, you have complete control over the ingredients. There are no unnecessary additives or preservatives, ensuring a pure and natural seasoning.
  4. Versatility: Homemade garlic powder can be used in a multitude of recipes. From marinades and sauces to soups and stews, it adds a burst of savory goodness to any dish, elevating the flavors without overpowering them.

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Homemade Garlic Powder

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Garlic powder is a dehydrated form of garlic cloves, offering a convenient and versatile way to add intense flavor to recipes.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Course Homemade Mixes, seasoning mixes, spice mixes
Cuisine American
Servings 113
Calories 6 kcal

Equipment

  • Food Dehydrator or Baking Sheet
  • Mortar and Pestle or Spice Grinder or Blender
  • Knife and Cutting Board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound of fresh garlic cloves (approximately 20 ounces)

Instructions
 

Oven Drying Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to the lowest possible temperature, usually around 150°F (65°C).
  • Peel the garlic cloves and slice them into thin, even pieces.
    1 pound of fresh garlic cloves
  • Arrange the garlic slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and let the garlic slices dry for 8-12 hours, or until they are completely dehydrated. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Once the garlic slices are crispy and dry, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled garlic slices into a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. Grind the dried garlic slices into a fine powder.
  • Sift the ground garlic powder through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any larger pieces or debris.
  • Store the homemade garlic powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Sun Drying Directions:

  • Peel the garlic cloves and slice them into thin, even pieces.
    1 pound of fresh garlic cloves
  • Place the garlic slices on a clean, mesh screen or a wire rack, making sure they are spread out in a single layer.
  • Position the screen or rack in a sunny location with good airflow. Cover it with cheesecloth or a food-grade net to protect the garlic from insects and debris.
  • Allow the garlic slices to dry in the sun for 3-4 days, or until they are completely dehydrated. Bring them indoors overnight to protect them from moisture.
  • Once the garlic slices are fully dry, bring them indoors and allow them to cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled garlic slices into a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. Grind the dried garlic slices into a fine powder.
  • Sift the ground garlic powder through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any larger pieces or debris.
  • Store the homemade garlic powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Food Dehydrator Directions:

  • Peel the garlic cloves and slice them into thin, even pieces.
    1 pound of fresh garlic cloves
  • Arrange the garlic slices on the trays of your food dehydrator, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
  • Set the dehydrator temperature to approximately 135°F (57°C) and let the garlic slices dry for 6-8 hours, or until they are completely dehydrated. Refer to your specific dehydrator's instructions for optimal drying times.
  • Once the garlic slices are crispy and dry, remove them from the dehydrator and allow them to cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled garlic slices into a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. Grind the dried garlic slices into a fine powder.
  • Sift the ground garlic powder through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any larger pieces or debris.
  • Store the homemade garlic powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Equipment

Food Dehydrator or Baking Sheet
Mortar and Pestle or Spice Grinder or Blender
knife cutting board
Knife and Cutting Board

Notes

Usage Tips:
  • This recipe will yield approximately 2 ounces (56 grams) of homemade garlic powder.
  • Use approximately 1/4 teaspoon of homemade garlic powder as a substitute for one fresh garlic clove in recipes.
  • Adjust the amount of garlic powder according to your taste preferences.
  • Experiment with adding other spices or herbs to create custom garlic seasoning blends.
Enjoy the flavorful and aromatic homemade garlic powder in your favorite dishes!
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 6kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.02gSaturated Fat: 0.004gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.04gVitamin A: 0.4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.1mgNet Carbs: 1g
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Conclusion

Making homemade garlic powder is a thrifty and rewarding endeavor that brings a flavorful punch to your meals while keeping your budget intact.
By following the simple process outlined above, you can savor the taste of fresh garlic year-round without relying on expensive store-bought options.
Embrace the magic of homemade garlic powder, and let your culinary creations shine with its delightful essence. Your taste buds and wallet will thank you!

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