Friday, January 6, 2012

Fresh powder

No, not the fluffy white kind, unfortunately.  The smelly garlic kind!


My garlic and onion storing skills are obviously lacking.  I've already got sprouts on my alliums and it's only January.  So, what does one do when one has numerous pounds of garlic about to go green?  What do you do when life gives you lemons?  You make garlic powder, that's what.

Peeling garlic for a couple of hours is not the most exciting thing in the world.  Fortunately you can peel garlic while playing checkers, Yahtzee, RoboRally and any number of other games that little boys ask you to play.  The game pieces may end up smelling a little strong afterward, but that's okay.

And whatever you do, don't let a little piece of garlic get stuck under your fingernail, and not notice.  Because by the next morning it will have begun to burn a hole through your skin.  Or at least feel like it's trying to.


After I got sick of peeling (about half way through my garlic stash) I sliced them in half and set them on my dehydrator trays.  Knowing the tremendous smell this process would create, I set the dehydrator in the mud room and turned in on.  Ten hours later, I had a bowl full of garlic chips.  Which, in case you're wondering, are not nearly the same as potato chips and do not make a tasty snack.


My coffee-turned-spice grinder worked like a charm.   I ended up with three full cups of garlic powder, which is about a three-year supply for us.  We use the powder in pasta sauces, on steaks, in hamburgers, on garlic toast, on pizza, etc.  But this homemade stuff is so strong a little goes a long way.

Now, what to do with the rest of my sprouting bulbs?

6 comments:

flyingtomato said...

Hmm--as a person who has no garlic, I can think of a trade...

Your garlic storage skills are probably not lacking so much as this warm weather and sunshine is bounteous. It's messing with the natural order.

Notyerbrudder said...

make garlic powder for your brudder!!!! He's the bestest brudder in the whole world and giving him garlic powder would make you feel all warm inside.

Erin said...

You are amazing. I have wanted to do this for so long but I just know it will take me forEVER! At least I can live vicariously through you!

Thistledog said...

I did the same with my little garlic harvest this summer, as they matured very early and were not storing well. Peeled until I couldn't peel anymore! Put the dehydrator out on the patio and whizzed the little chips up in a coffee grinder just like you did. Amazing flavor and like you say, a little goes a long way! I've got a 5-year supply, I reckon! :)

Leigh said...

This is what I need to be able to do! I'm slowly increasing my garlic harvest, a few bulbs at a time. :) I think next year I may have a year's worth for fresh (?) but I do love garlic powder. You make it look so easy.

Prairie Cat said...

That is fantastic! This is my first year growing garlic, so I am not sure if we will have any extra to make into powder. But at least now I have an idea of what to do with them if they start sprouting next year!