Garlic does really well in my garden, and I’m thankful since I use so much of it. I use it daily, and it’s an essential ingredient in my Roasted Tomato Sauce and Pine Needle Salad Dressing. And when I’ve grown plenty, like this year, some of it is made into garlic powder.
Making your own garlic powder is straight-forward and simple. It can be time consuming, but the right tools really help to make quick work of the task.
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Tools of the Trade
Here are the tools I use so that making my own garlic powder is not such a huge task:
- A garlic peeler. A sharp knife could be used as well.
- A mandoline slicer. Or use a sharp knife.
- A NutriBullet blender. A spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle work as well.
- An Excalibur dehydrator. Or use your oven set at its lowest temperature.
Making Garlic Powder
The first step in making garlic powder is to peel your garlic. This can be done with a sharp knife, but this garlic peeler really helps to peel it quickly.
Next, slice your peeled garlic cloves thinly. Again, a sharp knife will work, but you’ll do a better job of getting nice, even, thin slices with a mandoline slicer.
Once you’ve peeled and sliced your garlic, it’s time to dry it. I dry mine in my Excalibur dehydrator at 125°F. I love that I can set the temperature low enough to keep the garlic raw, but fully preserved.
An oven at a low temperature will dry the garlic slices as well. To keep the garlic raw, the temperature needs to remain below 150°F. In the dehydrator, it takes approximately 12 hours to dry the garlic until it is crisp. In the oven, it will likely take only a few hours – just be sure to keep your eye on the garlic so that it does not burn.
Once the garlic slices are crisp, and cool, it is time to grind them into garlic powder. My NutriBullet blender grinds the garlic to a fine powder in about 30 seconds. A mortar and pestle works well, too.