Homemade garlic powder beats the flavor of store-bought and contains no additives! Here’s a tutorial for DIY garlic powder. Add to salad dressings and dips!
by Jessica of Simply Healthy Home
When I started gardening I was rather clueless about a lot of things. Despite the odds, our first year yielded some great crops. So, when it came time to garden plan the following year, I expanded our garden.
What I was unprepared for was the vast amount of vegetables that would grow and I would need to somehow preserve. (I know, gardening 101, but seriously, I did not grow up in the country!)
One of our bumper crops that year was garlic. It was amazing to pull these beautiful bulbs out of the ground! I carefully hung them up in our barn to dry. Then, as fall rolled around my husband asked me, “What are you going to do with all that garlic in the barn? You cant’t leave it out there all winter.”
Right. I hadn’t thought that far ahead. Sigh.
I knew the garlic wouldn’t last all winter because we didn’t have a proper way to store it. That is when I decided I would try my hand at dehydrating it and making my own garlic powder.
I was amazed at not only how easy it was but also the flavor! It was so fresh and strong, a far cry from the grocery store brand we were used to.
Homemade Garlic Powder
- 1 pound of garlic
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- a dehydrator
- a blender or spice grinder
- jars for storing
- Break up the garlic bulbs and remove all the garlic peels.*
- Remove the ends and any blemishes that are on the garlic.
- Slice the garlic. (This does not have to be thin, but you want the slices to be around the same size.)
- Place the sliced garlic on the racks of your dehydrator, making sure not to overlap them. (Perfect job for a toddler!)
- Turn dehydrator on 125 degrees and let dry for about 10-12 hours or until the garlic is completely dry.
- Take your garlic slices and blend or grind in a high power device into a fine powder.**
- Place in jars.
* This is by far the most time consuming part. However, if your kids are like mine, you can get this done with much speed and their help. Give each a child a bowl, put the pile of garlic between them and have them see who can fill their bowl the fastest. It works every time here.
** If you don't have a grinder or blender that works well enough, leave the garlic as slices! I love adding this to soup and gravies. I also chop the dried slices and throw them into stir fry dishes. They are nice to have on hand.
Since the garlic powder does not contain preservatives, I only keep a small amount in my spice cabinet and store the rest in the freezer. It will stick a bit more than store brands, so I like to store mine in a little jar big enough to fit a spoon in so I can break it up if need be.
While it can be a bit time consuming, it is totally worth it. Spice powders from the store can often contain preservatives, while your own will be free of unwanted chemicals. I have made many spice powders, including onion powder, and have never been disappointed.
Spice powders can also make fun gifts as well as a great project to do with your kids.
A great time to take on garlic is when you catch a good sale. Stock up and make big batches. I do this with celery when I can get it fresh from local farm stands.
I love making things that are normal grocery staples at home!
For many more homemade ingredients and seasonings, check out these posts!