We recently discovered that some of our garlic was starting to sprout, so we decided to try our hand at making our very own Garlic Powder. We pulled three heads of garlic, broke up their cloves and took their skins off. Then we sliced them up and put them in our dehydrator.
Since we started this process at night, we left them in the dehydrator overnight, but it probably didn’t require that long. When dehydrating your garlic, it should take anywhere from an hour to a few hours, depending on how thin you’ve cut your garlic. You want your dried garlic to crumble when you press it between your fingers.
Next, I used my mortar and pestle and lots of elbow grease to grind it all up into actual garlic powder. Because of the jumpiness of the garlic pieces, I did this in small batches. Let me tell you…this is exhausting! As I was grinding, I found myself reflecting on the blessings of electricity and choice. I was choosing to make garlic powder in a way that, for thousands of years, was the only choice. Anyhow, deep thoughts aside, you can also use a blender, coffee grinder, spice grinder or a food processor to do the same job a thousand times faster.
As I finished each batch of garlic powder, I used a strainer over a bowl to separate the powder from the small chunks. Then, I simply threw those chunks in with my next batch of garlic to be ground up. In the end, it became pretty impossible to grind the last few tiny chunks, so I simply added them to my final product.
In the end, 3 heads of garlic gave us 10 teaspoons of garlic powder. Now, it just needs to be stored in an airtight container. It can store in a cool, dry place (or in the freezer) for up to a year but because we use garlic powder in pretty much everything savory we eat, I don’t think it will last nearly that long!
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