Preserving Garlic and DIY Seasoning!

DIY Preserving Garlic - Make Garlic Powder, Minced Garlic or Garlic Salt!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.

DIY Preserving Garlic - Make Garlic Powder, Minced Garlic or Garlic Salt!My oldest daughter Stormi even helped me peel garlic (this kid is a HUGE garlic salt fan!). Here’s an excerpt of the conversation we had as we peeled and peeled…

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>.

DIY Preserving Garlic - Make Garlic Powder, Minced Garlic or Garlic Salt!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.

DIY Make Minced Garlic, Powdered Garlic, Garlic Salt and Garlic Herb Seasoning!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. ;-)

Preserving Garlic - DIY Garlic Powder, Minced Garlic, Garlic Salt and Garlic Herb Seasoning!  Wishing you Autumn Days just as flavorful as ours!

Carli

 

 

Garlic Herb Seasoning
Delicious garlic herb seasoning made from fresh garlic. Perfect for holiday gift giving and a fantastic way to preserve garlic!
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Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  2. 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  3. 1 tablespoon parsley
  4. 1 tablespoon basil
  5. 1 tablespoon oregano
  6. 1 teaspoon thyme
  7. 1 teaspoon white pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon rosemary
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  11. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a spice jar and seal. Sprinkle on all of your favorite dishes!
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Comments

  1. Elizabeth Beattie says

    I just love this idea! Did you know that if you put the cloves of garlic into a metal bowl, cover it with another metal bowl like an egg and then shake them like crazy, the peels will come right off. I didn’t believe it when I first read about it, so I tried it and it worked. So fast and you can do an entire head of garlic all at once. You have to use metal bowls but this seriously works and no more peeling!!! Here is a video of Martha Stewart doing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcAJ8yMB4XA

    • Carli says

      Oh Elizabeth – this is so awesome! I’d never seen this before. I’m going to have to go buy some metal bowls – all I have is glass. This would have made my life so much easier! ha!

      • jennifer says

        Glass should work too, the point is the shaking. In fact, you should be able to put some in a mason jar, screw on a lid, and watch the magic happen.

  2. Devlyn Mundorf says

    You don’t need metal bowls to peel the garlic. Put the garlic in a glass bowl and then place another bowl (small enough to fit down in the larger one upside down) and shake really hard. All the peels come off all at once. Just pick out your garlic.

  3. Mariss says

    My son works in the kitchen of a nice restaurant for dinner service, and learned to put garlic cloves-onions in a bowl of water- as you are prepping other things, a few moments later the skins will easily come off, with garlic and onion no worse for wear- put them in a dish town and rub and try off at same time.

  4. Melissa says

    love the idea!! I feel my garlic usually has to go to waste,dang it! Do you just open the mason jar and use what you need? thanks for the very useful tip!! I will search for the freshness herb storage too. I, like many,have a garden full of basil,thyme and chives! I would love to have them year round.

    • Carli says

      Yes, that’s exactly what I do, Melissa. I take out what I need and then use my microplane to grate it into my dishes. It’s easy to grate, even frozen! ;-)

    • Carli says

      Hi Mel,
      I haven’t noticed my garlic losing much if any of it’s flavor though I have heard some suggesting that it might. It does, for sure, lose it’s texture when freezing so that’s something to keep in mind. I grate frozen cloves directly into my dishes. If you are needing crisp cloves, I definitely wouldn’t recommend freezing.

      I am also a HUGE garlic fan. Yum!

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