How to Make Your Own Garlic Powder

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Garlic Powder. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    120 min
  • Total Time
    125 min
  • Yield
    Varies

Homemade garlic powder is fresh, flavorful and surprisingly easy to make. Whether you grow your own garlic or buy it at the market, this is a great way to preserve garlic and quickly add the flavor to your favorite foods.

You can do as few or as many bulbs of garlic as you'd like. Garlic powder stores well and is fun to share with family and friends, if you do find that you made too much. Here's what you do.

Ingredients

  • Garlic cloves (homegrown or store-bought)

Preparation

  1. Separate and peel the garlic cloves. Then cut them into thin slices.
  2. Place the garlic slices in a 150-degree oven or a food dehydrator, and heat until dry. The garlic is dry when you can crush it in your hand and it crumbles easily.
  3. Allow the garlic to cool.
  4. Then, grind it with a coffee grinder, spice grinder, food processor or a mortar and pestle, until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Store your finished garlic powder in an air-tight container in a cool, dry spot. Be sure to shake the jar daily for the first week or so after you've made it. This will ensure that any remaining moisture is evenly distributed through the garlic powder, so it doesn't mold. 

    A Few Tips for Making Your Own Garlic Powder

    Garlic powder is nice to have on hand, and you'll soon find that making it yourself saves money and time. When you don't want to put the effort into peeling fresh garlic for your marinara sauce or you want quick garlic bread, you'll be thankful to have this garlic powder in your spice rack. Here are few tips to ensure you get great results:

    • Make garlic powder when garlic is in season. While garlic is available year-round, you'll get the freshest garlic if you buy it in late summer or early autumn.
    • Make quick work of peeling garlic. Preparing the garlic cloves is the most time-consuming part of making garlic powder. Be sure to remove all of the skins from each clove. This is a little easier if you cut off the tough ends that connect the cloves to the bulb.
    • Keep the garlic smell out of your house. If you don't want your house to smell like garlic, stick your dehydrator out on the porch.
    • Protect your appliances. Garlic is pungent, and its smell can be difficult to remove from some appliances. Specifically, this relates to a coffee grinder, which is one of the best appliances for the job at hand. While most of the other options can be cleaned thoroughly, you are taking a risk that your coffee will have a hint of garlic afterwards. For this reason, it may be best to purchase a separate coffee grinder for spices.

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      • Recycle spice jars. Re-using old spice containers is one of the best ways to save money for all of your DIY herbs and spices, including garlic powder. Clean and dry empty spice jars, and be sure to keep all of the pieces (especially those valuable shaker lids that control the flow). When you bottle a new spice, label it with the spice name and date.

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