As the garlic in my garden is growing rapidly, we are quickly approaching the harvest of a fresh new batch in mid-July. This means dehydrating the almost one-year-old garlic in my pantry, which has seen better days, into garlic powder is a great way to extend its life a little longer. Making dehydrated garlic powder is an easy process that checks another pantry staple off the list.
How to make Dehydrated Garlic Powder
- Start by peeling and thinly slicing your garlic. Space the garlic evenly across the dehydrator trays. The thinner the slices the less time they will take to dehydrate.
- Dehydrate the garlic at 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit until the garlic is dry and brittle. The amount of time it will take to dehydrate will depend on many factors including; how thin you sliced the garlic and the quality of your dehydrator. It can take up to a couple of days to feel completely dry. I recommend checking your garlic every 6 to 8 hours. It should snap when you bend it so you know it is dry throughout.
- Once the garlic is dry transfer it to a food processor or blender to process into a fine powder. I like to run the powder through a fine mesh sieve and then add the larger pieces back into the blender.
- Store the powder in an air-tight container.
I grow one raised bed worth of garlic each year. Which is three feet by twelve feet of garden space with about 100 garlic bulbs. This provides enough garlic that we can use it throughout the year as well as I have enough to plant in the fall for next year’s harvest. Some we eat fresh and some are processed into dehydrated garlic powder for a convenient addition to many recipes. Enjoy!
- Blender or Food Processor
- Fresh Garlic
- Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Spread the garlic evenly on the dehydrator trays.
- Dehydrate garlic at 100 to 110°F until brittle and pieces snap when bent. This will range depending on your garlic and dehydrator. Continue to check every 6 hours to check for doneness.
- Once the garlic is dry, transfer it to a blender or food processor to process into a fine powder. Keep garlic powder stored in an air tight container.