DIY Garlic Powder
A few years ago, my husband got me this amazing mortar and pestle for Christmas. I know it makes me sound like a homemaking nerd, but the idea of hand-grinding my own spices has always been very appealing! Plus... it kinda makes me feel like a Harry Potter character mixing potions ;-)
So with my new mortar and pestle in hand, I set out to make some fresh garlic powder!
Interestingly, fresh garlic powder has a much different taste than its store bought counterpart! The taste is much stronger than store bought powder, so when you use it be sparing at first until you know how to season with your new stash!
Do You Need a Mortar and Pestle?
While I love to get my hands on the action, you don't have to use a mortar and pestle for making your own garlic powder.
If you want to do things a bit quicker, you can use a spice grinder, coffee grinder (used for spices only), or a food processor.
Please note that if you use a food processor, you may not get as fine a texture as you would with a smaller grinding area.
You can combat this by doing more garlic at once, or using a small food processor instead of a large (say 8 cup) processor!
Storing You Homemade Garlic Powder
This garlic powder, if thoroughly dried before grinding (a must) will last until it's gone, if stored properly!
Simply store your homemade garlic powder in an air tight container wherever you store your other spices. That's it!
DIY Garlic Powder
Homemade Garlic Powder is easier than you might think! With just a few supplies you'll be seasoning food with this hand-ground spice before you know it!
- Preheat the oven to 175°
- Peal garlic and chop cloves finely. Place garlic on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake until garlic is dry all the way through - about 2 hours.
- Place dried garlic in mortar bowl about 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Using a circular stirring motion, grind the garlic until it is a fine powder.
- Remove finished powder from the bowl and place into an air tight container.
- Continue grinding 1 tablespoon at a time until all garlic is ground!
This powder lasts forever, no need to refrigerate.
*It is crucial that the garlic is fully dried before grinding or the powder might mold. If it isn't dry all the way through, you will know it when you start to grind it!
IF USING A GRINDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR:
Add all roasted garlic at the same time and grind until powder fine. You may need to rest the machine if it starts to overheat.
Continue once the machine is cool again.