Dehydrating Garlic For Garlic Powder & Its Benefits

dehydrated garlic finalOne of the most important herbs a person can use is garlic. Aside from giving our dishes a fantastic flavor, it has many health benefits as well. Garlic contains a compound called Allicin.

According to one scientific review, Garlic’s main mechanism involves a molecule called alliin. When garlic is physically disturbed through chewing, slicing, or crushing, it releases an alliin metabolite: allicin. Allicin turns into a variety of fat and water soluble sulfur-containing compounds. In fact, these compounds are so volatile, they give off hydrogen sulfide, which is part of garlic’s unmistakable smell and taste. By tapping into the hydrogen sulfide signaling system, garlic relaxes the blood vessels and provides a variety of health benefits. Garlic also uses the hydrogen sulfide signaling system to exert its anti-cancer effects.

Raw or aged garlic reliably reduces total cholesterol and Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL-C), while increasing High-density Lipoprotein (HDL-C). Garlic also provides a variety of anti-cancer properties. Eating garlic daily (10g or more) is associated with a significantly reduced risk of prostate, colon, and stomach cancer. It can also induce fat loss and adrenaline secretion, though in a minor way. Garlic appears to mildly and unreliably reduce triglyceride levels.

Some other benefits Include:

  • Combats sickness, even the common cold
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Improves Cholesterol Levels
  • Contains Antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer and dementia
  • May help you live longer and improve your athletic performance
  • Detoxify s heavy metals in your body
  • Improves bone Health

That being said, I like to dehydrate fresh garlic and turn it into my own powder. The taste is much stronger and there is no added chemicals or salts. I will walk you threw my process below.

I prefer to use my own home grown garlic but lets face it, we do not always have that and not everyone grows their own. So for this article I am using a 3 pound bag of already peeled garlic gloves I buy at Sam’s for about $5.00.

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You can chop of the ends if you want but I usually don’t unless its just an extremely large area of hardness. I put as much as comfortably fits in my Ninja blender and pulse it until it has a nice minced texture but not blended and juicy. (Note: the ninja Blender system I got was only about $70.00 Verses the extremely high version for over $200.00. I didn’t need all those extra attachments so I went simple. 🙂 )

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Spread minced garlic out onto your Excalibur Dehydrator Tray evenly and then set to dehydrate on vegetable setting. (125° F) If you  do not have a dehydrator tray then you can set your oven to a low setting (under 200°F) and dehydrate them in the oven. You will need to check them more frequently and make sure they are not sticking or burning to your tray. I personally prefer to dehydrate with a tray so my house doesn’t get extremely hot. I also do not like to run up my electric bill using the oven for hours on end. The last time I checked it was .07¢ per hour with the dehydrator.

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Allow to dehydrate for several hours checking periodically. I like to turn the trays and move the garlic around a little to check the progress. We are going for an extremely dry consistency. No moisture at all. The crunchy effect.

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Once you get a dry consistency you will transfer the dried garlic into a small blender/mixer to blend it into a powder form. I prefer to use the Bella Rocket Blender but the Ninja works great to. I have had it for years and it has never failed me when wanting to make powders or smoothies.

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Voila!! Homemade Fresh Garlic Powder!!

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 P.S. For the very cute and functional ball lids (as seen in picture) that you can use on any wide mouth jar click below:

Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry in a Jar

stir fryI came across this recipe some time ago online and have altered it a little to our families liking. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does 🙂 If you are making these meals for food storage then it is a good idea to buy two cans of meat so you have enough to go with the other ingredients. We have a family of four so you will have to prep according to your family size. Every meal in a jar is different so ingredient cost may differ as well.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Layer all ingredients in the order listed above in a one-quart jar.

After adding the stir fry mix, shake it down so it mixes with the chicken. This will give you more in the jar.

Place an Oxygen absorber on top or vacuum seal the jar. (Don’t forget your vacuum sealer attachments for jars. Wide mouth or regular.)

Below are ingredients on how to prepare the meal for your family. I print/write the directions on paper or labels and secure them to the jar along with the date it was made. If properly sealed these meals will last as long as if the meal was sitting on your shelf in its number ten can, but take up way less space! 🙂 For one months worth of meals (3 meals a day) we only use 8 canning boxes that all stack very nicely.

To Prepare Meal:

Add 4 cups of water to a skillet and let boil. Add entire jar contents to the skillet, mix and then turn off the heat. Let the food sit for about ten minutes to re-hydrate and then simmer for 20-25 minutes uncovered. Stir occasionally.

Chicken Stir Fry Mix

  • 1/4 cup chicken bouillon, 35 ounce jar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

To make the sauce:

For more sauce in your meal: Add 1/3 cup dry mix to 1 1/4 cup of water.  In a small sauce pan, mix together and let simmer until sauce starts to thicken.

Note: We like extra sauce in ours so we make up a large jar of the Chicken stir fry dry mix for that purpose.  You can also do this with Taco Seasoning, Cheese sauce for Mac and Cheese and Basic Sauce Mix Recipes.

Source of original recipe: Rainy Day Food Storage

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Wide Mouth Jar Attachment

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Vacuum Sealer