Why Make Your Own Garlic Powder?

Homemade garlic powder is fresher, more flavorful, and, surprisingly, quite easy to make. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any excess garlic you might have lying around. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s in your seasoning – just pure, unadulterated garlic, with no additives or preservatives.

What You’ll Need

  • Fresh garlic bulbs
  • A baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • A blender or spice grinder
  • An airtight container for storage

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Garlic Powder

Prepare the Garlic: Begin by peeling the cloves of garlic. This might be the most time-consuming part, but think of the wonderful aroma and the delicious outcome!

Slice the Garlic Thinly: The thinner the slices, the quicker they will dry out. Aim for even, thin slices to ensure consistent drying.

Dry the Garlic: Arrange the garlic slices on a baking sheet. If you have parchment paper, line the sheet with it to prevent sticking. You can dry the garlic in an oven at the lowest setting. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape. This process might take a few hours, so patience is key.

Grind into Powder: Once the garlic slices are completely dry and crisp, grind them into a fine powder using a blender or spice grinder.

Store Properly: Transfer the garlic powder into an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dry place. It should stay fresh and flavorful for several months.

Tips for Success

Keep an Eye on the Oven: You don’t want the garlic to burn, so check it regularly.

Cool Before Grinding: Ensure the garlic slices are completely cool before grinding to get a fine powder.

Label Your Container: Remember to label your garlic powder, especially if you’re making other homemade spices.