If you have ever made your own spices, you know they taste better than anything you can buy in a store. Homemade garlic powder is more flavorful and more aromatic. You can make your own homemade garlic powder by drying, or dehydrating, garlic cloves. The cloves are then ground into powder.
Step 1Preparing the Garlic
Peel back the paper from your cloves of garlic. Remove any bad spots. Cut garlic cloves in half lengthwise. This will significantly reduce the drying time.
Step 2Dry the Garlic
Dry the garlic in a dehydrator at 100 degrees until the bulbs lose most of their moisture. The bulbs should not feel soft or spongy to the touch. This can take anywhere from 12 hours to several days depending on humidity and the number of garlic cloves being dried. After performing this step you will get a better idea of the time it takes in your own dehydrator.
Step 3Grinding the Garlic
Once the cloves have dried well enough to be powdered. Place them in a coffee or spice grinder. A food processor usually does not grind finely enough for this step. Place the ground garlic in a container and store in a cool dry area. Use in recipes as you would normally use garlic powder.