Years ago we were gifted several heads of delicious garlic by our dear friend. She was even kind enough to give us lots of tips on growing it.
Those few heads have now become over 100 heads per year. Besides selling garlic we were looking for a use for all of our extra heads.
We hate to waste anything, so we researched a bit and came up with the simplest method we could to make garlic powder. Like most things we do here, making garlic powder is a simple, yet time consuming task. I would dare say that our ancestors would definitely not have time for twitter, instagram, or candy crush. Their lives were filled with shelling, drying, smoking, and a litany of other tasks. Life was simply about living, not watching other people live, we have quickly discovered.
We started out making our garlic powder by taking cloves and slicing them into 1/8″ slices. This is the time consuming part, like many other tasks it is much more pleasant with a glass of wine. We sat sipping, slicing, and chatting and before you knew it, we were done. We laid the slices out on a dehydrator rack, but you could also dry them on a screen in the sun.
Next we placed the racks of garlic into the dehydrator at 135 degrees. We let them dehydrate overnight and the next morning we had nice dry garlic nuggets. And trust us, we kept all of the vampires away that night!
The next step was almost as easy. We took our dehydrated garlic and placed it into a spice grinder.
After several bursts in the grinder we knew we were on the right track. We had made rough garlic powder.
We then sifted it through a fine mesh strainer. We would return the pieces that were too large to the grinder.
What we were left with was beautiful delicious homemade garlic powder. It was probably the first garlic powder we ever tasted that didn’t have any pesticides or herbicides in it. And just like anything else we make from our own hands, it just tastes better.
Of course it went directly into a Ball Jar for safe keeping.
We are always happy to have home grown ingredients to cook with, and garlic is in so many of our meals. We learned a few things while making garlic powder. For example, it takes a lot of garlic to make just a small amount of garlic powder. It took ten heads to make what you see in this pint jar, so we will never look at those big jars in the store the same. We also learned that a good slicing buddy and a good bottle of wine make the task seem a lot less like work, and while you are slicing garlic you can’t check your FB status or respond to emails. The only thing you can do is talk , and that is probably even more valuable than the garlic in the jar.