Making homemade garlic powder is a great way to use extra heads before they go bad. If you prefer organic spices, you’ll find making your own garlic powder is a lot less expensive than buying it, too.
With stores running low on kitchen staples lately, it’s always good to know how to make your own. That includes making homemade garlic powder, which is surprisingly easy. So, next time you see garlic on sale, stock up. Or grow it in your garden by planting cloves pointy-side up about three inches deep during early autumn. By next summer, they’ll be ready to harvest.
How to Make Homemade Garlic Powder
You don’t need a dehydrator to make garlic powder at home, but you’ll definitely want a way to turn the dried cloves into powder. I use a food processor, but a high-speed blender can work, too.
How to Quickly Peel Garlic
If you’re making a lot of homemade garlic powder, try this shake-and-peel method to get the cloves ready.
- Separate the garlic into individual cloves then put them into a large jar. You want a container that leaves four or five inches of space, so the cloves bounce around a lot.
- Put the lid on and shake it like crazy for 15-20 seconds.
- Pull out any loosened garlic husks or paper and bare cloves.
- Repeat until they’re all peeled.
Alternatively, you can cut off the dry root-end then press on the clove with the flat side of a knife to separate the clove form the papery cover.
How to Keep Your Hands from Smelling Like Garlic
The easiest way to keep your hands from picking up garlic odor is by wearing gloves. Disposable gloves work, and so do dishwashing gloves. If you don’t have gloves, or you can’t stand wearing them, here are three easy ways to get rid of that garlic smell on your hands:
- Rub them on stainless steel. Many people swear by using stainless steel to get rid of garlic or onion odors. The metal reacts with the sulfur molecules in garlic that cause the smell and gets rid of the odor. If your kitchen sink is stainless steel, rub both sides of your hands and in between your fingers on it. Or use one of these stainless steel “soap bars” if you prefer.
- Wash them with toothpaste and water. Rub a squirt of toothpaste into your hands for 30 seconds, then rinse with warm water. The breath-freshening ingredients in the toothpaste will knock out garlic odors on your skin.
- Scrub with lemon juice and salt. The lemon’s citric acid neutralizes garlic odors, while the salt provides abrasion that helps get it off your skin, too. The only drawback is that both can sting if you have any tiny cuts or hangnails, so you might want to stick with the stainless steel method, instead.
Homemade Garlic Powder
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- A method to grind the powder (food processor, blender, or mortar and pestle)
- Storage container with lid
- Silica gel packet (optional, to prevent clumps)
- 1 head garlic
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if desired. Do NOT grease. Then, preheat your oven to 150° F (65° C). If your oven does not go that low, set it for the lowest setting. You'll just need to watch it closely and plan for a shorter drying time.
- Separate the garlic cloves and peel them. Thinly slice each clove. Try to keep the slices all the same thickness, so they cook evenly. Scatter the slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Put the baking sheet in the oven to dry the garlic. Stir and shake the pan every 20 to 30 minutes and continue cooking until it crumbles easily in your hand. (Approximately 90 minutes.) Watch it closely, because garlic goes from dry to burned quickly.
- Let the cloves cool completely then place them in your blender or food processor and whir until completely powdered. Wait 5 minutes or so after processing for the powder to settle before you remove the processor or blender's lid.
- Transfer the dry powder to a jar or other lidded container and store it in a cool dark place. Homemade garlic powder stays good for up to a year. (Tip: You can add a silica gel packet to help it stay dry.)
- Substitute 1/3 teaspoon homemade garlic powder for 1 clove of garlic in any recipe. To use it as a substitute for garlic salt, combine 3 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder. (Add dried parsley if desired.)