Garlic Powder – Homemade!!!
Garlic Powder, an excellent spice that needs to be a part of everyone’s kitchen spice rack is ground, dehydrated version of the fresh garlic bulb. This article gives you many insights into this intimidating component of the spice mix that can enhance the flavor of everything from simple dishes to culinary sensations coming from your own kitchen. Garlic powder offers a subtle way to imbibe its flavor in an entire dish. In powdered form it offers many mouthwatering benefits over fresh garlic in our dishes, be it pizzas, smoothies, burgers or brines.
The Benefits of Using Garlic Powder:
- Extended shelf-life: Garlic powder is made by dehydrating garlic has an extended shelf-life compared to natural garlic. Dehydration increases the shelf-life of garlic without losing its potency.
- Busy cook’s friend: When we are in a time crunch, garlic powder can be a quick way to add a garlicky flavor to the dish. Be assured that the dish would have a strong garlic flavor from the powder than using fresh garlic.
- Blends well: Garlic powder can be used in seasoning DIY herb blends, seasoning herb mixes (such as this Homemade Taco Seasoning), and dry rubs. The powder blends well with other dried herbs and spices to make a shelf-stable mix.
- The best rub for seasoning meat: Using Garlic powder is a great way to incorporate the flavor throughout the entire meat mixture. It can be an excellent option for seasoning ground meat cooked over a brief period of time such as meatballs, burgers, and sausage.
- Disperses smoothly: Garlic powder is an ideal flavoring for marinades, salad dressings, and brines since It disperses and infuses when dissolved in liquids.
- Kick of savory flavor: Be it pizza, popcorn, soups, meats, vegetables, or any dish that needs an extra garlic flavor just sprinkle the powder and enjoy!!!
- Medicinal Purposes: Garlic is a great medicinal tool being used for centuries in boosting immunity, lowering risk of heart disease, cholesterol and cancer. Why not use it at least in powdered form??!
Homemade Garlic Powder:
Making garlic powder at home is surprisingly easy. Homemade garlic powder will turn out fresh, flavorful and clean compared to the store-bought ones.
Instructions for making Garlic Powder:
The various steps involved in making the pungent smelling garlic powder at home
1. Cleaning/Peeling: Remove the garlic cloves from the head and peel off the papery skins. Slice them thin about quarter an inch lengthwise. If needed use a knife to assist in peeling. And cut into garlic flakes.
2. Drying Garlic: Sliced garlic can be dried either using a dehydrator or an oven.
If using a dehydrator: Lay the garlic flakes on the dehydrator screens, and dehydrate at a low temperature until the garlic is dry. This can take around 8-12 hours in normal weather condition.
If using an oven: Spread the sliced garlic on a parchment lined baking sheet and dry in a preheated, 150-200˚F (67-93˚C) oven for 1-2 hours until the garlic snaps when you break it.
While drying makes sure to check in between and stir the pieces to ensure they dry out evenly. Well, dried garlic is really brittle to touch and crumbles easily in our hand.
3. Grinding: Once cooled, grind the dried garlic into a powder using a mortar-pestle, a high-quality blender, spice grinder, or coffee grinder. Sift the powdered garlic to ensure large pieces are removed. These can be gathered and reground to reduce wastage.
4. Blending: The ground powder can be blended with other powders or flavors to make a unique and robust seasoning as per our personal preference.
5. Storing: Store the garlic powder in an airtight container in a dark, cool, and dry place. Mason jars are a good storage option.
The amount of garlic powder obtained depends on the number of cloves used. For a small batch use one head of garlic with 10 cloves. For bulk batch use many heads garlic.
Tips / Tricks in making Garlic Powder:
Though making garlic powder at home can be intimidating initially, it is surprisingly easy and worth the effort. Here are a few tips and tricks to follow to for a great multipurpose seasoning from scratch.
Make Garlic Powder when in a season: The best season to make dehydrated garlic powder is late summer or early autumn when the produce is the freshest and available at the best price.
Slice garlic evenly: To ensure uniform drying make sure that the garlic is sliced evenly. If you are a regular who makes garlic powder in bulk, it may be worth to invest in a garlic slicer. This dual-purpose tool can slice and minces garlic evenly.
Buy a good food dehydrator: If planning on using a food dehydrator to dry garlic, consider this stackable food dehydrator for small batches. For larger-scale food dehydrating, the Excalibur dehydrators can turn out to be the best choice.
Dry at low heat: Dry the garlic slowly and at low heat to retain its natural flavor and aroma. If you turn up the heat to speed things up, you may run the risk of bitter tasting garlic powder. welcome to our piniterest.
Choose a well-ventilated area to dehydrate: Beware the natural pungent smell of garlic can infiltrate your home while drying the garlic. If feasible, choose a well-ventilated portion of the house like a porch to locate your dehydrator.
Take your time when drying: The time taken to dehydrate garlic depends on the humidity level in the air and how thin the slices are. Make sure to dehydrate until the garlic snaps when you bend it.
Prevent garlic powder from clumping: To avoid clumping add a few grains of rice to the storage jar. The rice grains absorb the surrounding moisture and prevents the powder from clumping.
Precaution while storing: Make sure to store the garlic powder in an air-tight container and in a cool, dry spot. Shake the jar daily for the first week or so after you’ve made it so that any remaining moisture is evenly distributed through the powder and hence prevents mold.
Using the powder: When using the powder make sure not to use a wet spoon to take the powder out of the storage container.