You may remember my recent post, Easy Herb Preserving where I showed you how I preserve fresh basil and other herbs in olive oil. Having herbs from my garden year round is how I add big flavor to home-cooked meals and my family loves it.
Preserving garlic takes a bit more preparation, since the individual cloves need to be peeled. I spent almost all day peeling cloves of garlic one by one. Normally, when I cook with them, I typically throw out the little cloves. Although I hate being wasteful, those tiny little cloves are not exactly worth my time peeling when I’m working to get several tablespoons of minced garlic into a pot quickly. But today I even peeled those little ones! They were cut in half and put directly into my food dehydrator to make minced garlic, garlic powder and garlic salt. Since they were smaller, they dried quickly and efficiently.
Stormi: “WHY are we MAKING garlic salt when we can buy it from the store?”
Me: “Well, because it’s made with fresh garlic”
Stormi: “Well, manufacturers use fresh dehydrated garlic too, don’t they?”
Me: “Probably but then it sits in their warehouse and on store shelves for 5 years before it makes it’s way to your plate….Yummmmmmmmm!”
Stormi: “Ick! I knew you were going to say that!'”
Needless to say, she kept peeling <giggle>.
After several hours of work, we ended up with a quart jar full of large cloves that I’ll put in the freezer and use as needed. These should be good in the freezer for about 1 year. I guarantee, every single one of them will be put to good use! *Note: when they are defrosted, they become a little mushy but I use them in dishes anyway so I just grate them in while they are still partially frozen.
The small cloves were dehydrated until crispy. I make minced garlic by putting the pieces of dry garlic into a pepper mill and grinding it. Using a fine mesh strainer I filter out the courser pieces for my minced garlic and the finer garlic is my garlic powder.
To make garlic salt I add 1 part garlic powder to 3 parts salt and place them in shaker top jar.
I use my minced garlic to make my favorite garlic herb seasoning to add to my dishes. This year, I think I’ll even have enough garlic herb seasoning for holiday gift giving.
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Add all ingredients to a spice jar and seal. Use on your favorite dishes.