Making homemade garlic powder is a great way to use up extra garlic hanging around your kitchen. Fresh garlic powder is great way to sprinkle on a kick of savory flavor to any dish. Making your own garlic powder might seem intimidating, especially when you can just buy some at the store. But fear not; making your own garlic powder is really easy, and it will taste so much better than the commercial version.
How to Make Homemade Garlic Powder
1. Separate the garlic cloves. Peel each head of garlic and separate all the cloves of garlic within each head. The amount of garlic powder you wish to make will depend on how many garlic cloves you use. Each head of garlic will have about 10 cloves; sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less.
For a smaller batch of garlic powder, use one head of garlic. For bigger batches, use more.
2. Peel the garlic cloves. You can use your fingers to peel away the skin on the clove, or crack open the skin with your knife. Simply place a clove on your cutting board, and lay your knife directly on top of the clove. Gently push on the knife and garlic clove to loosen and crack the skin around the clove.
You don’t want to push down too hard on the clove, because you want to keep the clove whole, and intact so you can slice it. Use your fingers to peel off the skin away.
3. Thinly slice each clove. Use a knife to slice off the root ends of the cloves. These ends are tough, and not necessary for flavoring. Then use your sharp chef’s knife to thinly slice the cloves of garlic. Slice the garlic cloves about ¼” thin lengthwise, or even thinner if you like.
When all the garlic cloves are sliced, place them on a baking sheet or a dehydrator sheet lined with parchment paper.
Dry the garlic in an oven. You can dry the garlic in an over or a dehydrator. If you’re using an oven to dry out your garlic, preheat your oven to one of the lowest heat setting. On most ovens, this is between 60 and 90° Celsius. When your oven is completely heated, place the sheet of garlic into the oven and cook for about an hour and a half to two hours.
While the garlic is drying, you can check on it and stir the garlic bits around to ensure they are drying out evenly. Remove the sheet of garlic from the oven and let the pieces cool.
You’ll know that the garlic is thoroughly dry when the pieces snap, break, and crumble easily in your hand.
4. Blend flavors to make a new seasoning. If you happen to have onion or chili powder, red pepper flakes, or other spices around your kitchen, consider blending you garlic powder with other flavors and powders to make a unique and robust seasoning.
This blended seasoning can be used on all kinds of food, from pizza to pasta.
5. Store your homemade garlic powder in an airtight container somewhere cool, dry, and out of direct sunlight. Mason jars are a good storage container for homemade garlic powder. Freezing your garlic powder is also an option.
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