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:

Amazing Gifts For Preppers

keep calm final 2It is that time of year again and the holidays are creeping in on us quickly so I am back at finding some really good gifts for any preppers that we love.  This years article is going to be full of great products at the cheapest price I am able to find for both men and women. Some of these things made last years list as well so I am re-adding the top sellers to this list and adding a bunch of new ones. 🙂 Please feel free to comment with anything you want added to this list that you would like others to know about.

(Note: I went for the less obvious choices verses things a lot of preppers, campers, hikers etc already have. Such as fire starters, compass etc..)

 

NUMBER ONE SELLER IDEA FROM LAST YEAR, MASON JAR OIL LAMPS!!!!!!

51aVUKwhOYLMason Jar Oil Lamp Burners:  Convert your Mason Jars into conventional oil lamps!  These come in a pack of four and are lids that fit on mason jars to turn them into oil lamps for when the electricity is out and you need to see.  For any canner these are a perfect gift because they always have jars.  If the person you wish to give these to is or isn’t a prepper you can add  some jars and a jug of lamp oil and your good to go for light when the power fails.  Another idea:  Last year I bought a case of 12 mason jars ($12.00), 12 of the Mason Jar Oil Lamp Lids ($60.00), and 12 Jugs of lamp oil ($96.00) and made 12 gifts for 12 people and all for about $170.00 in supplies.  You can’t beat that if you have multiple people to buy gifts for.  You can of course omit the oil and your cost drops to $76.00 for 12 gifts for 12 people. (Note: These are not a good idea for those living in earth quake zones.)

51nlU44+3ILM- Tech Fixed Blade 12 Inch Knife: This Heavy Duty 440 Stainless Steel Survival Knife is awesome! Made from one-piece of thick steel, the blade is covered with skull graphics. Black cord wrapped handle with lanyard. This item is DEFINITELY NOT A TOY! Comes with a nylon sheath. This knife is thin and can be concealed easily.

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Zombie Hunter Tactical Folding knife: Ok Ok, so this is more of a fun gift for those Zombie lovers out there but it is still a very functional knife to own.

This Rayovac Head Lamp gets very good reviews and is affordable.  Every man needs to be able to use both hands when camping, hiking, or just fixing things around the house that are in dark corners.

Grizzly two-person sleeping bag: This bag is Amazing! I like them for several reasons. The obvious first is to cuddle with my husband when we camp. I have also had reviews that this bag is good for a larger person as well. People often buy a sleeping bags and think they are covered. Unless you sleep in it though you do not know if you will fit in it or are comfortable in it.  The downside to a two person sleeping bag is only one person carries it. (That could be a plus for us ladies though right? )

 

indexCasio PR270-1: This incredible watch is perfect for the man or woman who wants a tough water resistance, solar power, low temperature resistant (-10c/14f), digital compass with bearing memory altimeter, barometer, thermometer; sunrise & sunset data.

 

 

Straight Razor: I am going to list two razors here and you can see the price difference yourself. After checking with several men I know who use the COl. Conk they say it is worth it to buy the more expensive one because that razor can last a life time and save you a lot of money yearly in replaceable blades from the store. We all know how expensive that can be.  The first one I am listing is the entire shaving kit set and the more expensive of the two. It is a Col. Conk DOVO 506B.

The second blade, is a Parker SR1 Stainless Steel straight razor that uses replaceable blades. It has good reviews and is considerable cheaper than the razor listed above.  However, both would be a great addition to a BOB or camping/hunting gear.

 

Leather Man 830040 New Wave Multi-tool With Sheath: This tool has so many specs I can’t name them here, but you can read them all when you click the link.  I do not know a man who does not love and respect Leather man tools.

Custom Leather Craft Multi-purpose tool holder:  If your man carries a Multi-purpose tool, a cell phone, and small flash light, keys and even more, then this next find will be perfect to put his Every Day Carry items in.

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Allen Co. Canyon 2150: I will always include a bag of some sort on any holiday list. There for a while I had the attitude of, ” Who doesn’t own a BOB already?” Fact is, many people don’t, so it will always be here.

 

61g6uCvvM3L._SL1500_Water Bath Canners are a great present for those who love to can fruits, jellies or jams so if your lady has shown an interest in this, it is the perfect time to get her one of these at an affordable price!!

 

81TkwpNl-wL._SL1500_Heirloom Seeds:  For the gardener people out there, here is an heirloom, non GMO, high-protein seed pack set for $25.00.  Any welcome addition to a preppers collection!  This set features 10 varieties of seeds that are selected to generate high amounts of protein in a short growing season.  You can harvest more seeds year after year to add to your storage collection and store them in he 8×8 Mylar zip seal bag that is included.

 

 

Revive Series Solar Charger:  This is one of my person41IUno-JtTLal favorites.   For an unbelievable price of $28.00 this little baby will recharge your e-book readers, Mp3 players,smart phones and other USB powered devices.  A must have for any BOB or for use while camping or hiking if your addicted to your electronics.  Another option for those who have a little more money to spend and prefer the solar panel chargers, here is an affordable Goal Zero Nomad product.

 

 

51+eDTDHrfL159 Piece First Responder First Aid Kit:  I know, I know, we like to build our own first aid kit.  However, I have to give this one its prop’s and if you scroll way down to the bottom on the product page, you will see why.  The items in this bag (And might I add, an AWESOME bag) are not your typical store-bought first aid items.  Here is one woman’s review:  “I did some research on first aid kits to find one for my car.  I originally thought I would have to build a kit on my own because I couldn’t find one that had everything you would need for a real emergency–until I found this. This kit has stuff for small injuries and for large emergencies.  My husband is a certified EMT and uses this kit when he is off work.  I bought it thinking it would be a great thing to have for my accident-prone children, but my husband soon took it because he liked it so much.  We have used it for small “boo-boo’s” and for when my husband splashed gas into his eyes ~don’t ask.  Thankfully, we haven’t used it for a big emergency, but it gives great comfort knowing that we are prepared if anything should happen.”

71vLaUYPAGL._SL1500_Motorola Weatherproof 2 way radio:

  • The Motorola Talkabout MT352R is equipped to secure functionality by guarding against extreme weather and harsh environments.
  • With a range of up to 35 miles, it is perfect for your active outdoor excursions as well as life’s everyday adventures.
  • Take a pair on your next hunting, camping or hiking trip and stay connected no matter what the season.
  • The VibraCall silent vibrating ringer is especially useful for locations where ringing can be intrusive.
  • MT352R includes: 2 radios, 2 NiMH rechargeable battery packs, 2 belt clips, 1 Y cable wall adapter with 2 mini-USB connectors, 1 Emergency Preparedness checklist sheet, 1 user guide, 1 accessories sheet.

 

71TtjDq6khL._SL1500_Ontario Bayonet Knife

  • 7 inch plain edge blade
  • Knife Closed Length: 3.79-Inch
  • Knife Open Length: 12.25-Inch
  • Weighs 16 ounces
  • Made of 420 Modified Stainless

4 Gallon Water Counter top Filtration System:  This system will filter 1000 gallons of water into premium alkaline mineral drinking water.  The micro-ceramic filter contains millions of tiny pores that measure 0.2-0.5 micron in size, which removes up to 99% bacteria, trap harmful contaminates, parasites, and effectively reduces man-made chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and toxins.  At $80.00 this system will pay for itself in 2 months.  The ceramic filter life is 1,000 gallons or 1 year, 5-stage Filter is 500 gallons or 6 months.

71tSBlzA55L._SL1500_Volcano 3 Collapsible Cook Stove Bundle: (Charcoal, Propane or Wood) The Volcano 3 Collapsible Propane Grill is the most versatile and efficient grill on the market today. From the backyard to the great outdoors, this 3-fuel cooker allows you to cook whatever you want, whenever you want.Our most popular model for a reason, this Volcano has tri-fuel capability which sets it apart from all other outdoor cooking options. This unit combines the greatest variety of cooking options with easy portability. This Volcano collapses down to 5” and is easily transported in the included storage bag. This model can be used with Charcoal, Propane or Wood and is highly efficient.The Volcano is the last outdoor cooker you will ever need!

 

 

81VSDG8sVGL._SL1500_Stove Tech 1 Door Stove (Wood and biomass options): The Deluxe Refractory Metal Lined One Door Stove protects the ceramic insulated combustion chamber, increasing long lasting stove life and improving combustion efficiency. Reinforced door frame stick support attachment guides hold the improved stick support in place outside the combustion chamber. The deluxe metal lined ceramic one door stove burns any available wood or flammable biomass. The large one door stove opening provides versatility for burning anything from palm fronds to coconut shells, or other irregular shaped biomass. One door stoves are ideal to make charcoal from wood, as a soil amendment for your garden. A metal stick support fixed to the one door frame opening allows wood or biomass to be slid into the flame and provides ventilation along the floor of the combustion chamber. The vertical section of the combustion chamber is 10cm in diameter and forces the gases to mix with the flame, decreasing harmful emissions. The stove comes with a cast iron stove top and adjustable galvanized metal skirt that increase heat transfer efficiency to the pot. Dimensions: Stove: D-10 3/4 in H-11 1/2 in Door: W-4 1/2 in H-4 1/4 in Features • Refractory metal lined combustion chamber • Lightweight ceramic combustion chamber • Double thick cast iron stove top with 6 pot supports • Adjustable galvanized steel pot skirt • Stick support with door frame attachment guides • Painted sheet metal body with reinforced door frame • Double layered kiln-fired combustion chamber floor tiles • Heat resistant plastic and steel handles

 

 

hdratelerExcalibur 2500 Food Dehydrator:  This dehydrator is awesome!  It has a built-in thermometer and fan along with a 5 year warranty.  This one does run on the power grid, and is a little pricier at $170.00, but is the perfect gift for the loved one who loves to preserve food for food storage.  If you’re looking for something a little more traditional that doesn’t use electricity, the Food Pantry Hanging Dehydrator made by Food Pantry is an alternative.

 

 

 

71nGx+uGm2L._SL1500_Katadyn Micro Pro Micro Water Filter:  This filter is one of the bestselling micro filters on the market.  It is perfect for camping and hiking.  It is lightweight and small and you can filter water directly from a stream or river.  This product will filter 200 gallons of water at an affordable cost.

 

71j88iHF6+L._SL1500_Bella Rocket Blender– This nifty little gadget is great for those who dehydrate things like hot sauce or tomatoes. It turns your foods to powder in seconds so you can add them to your food storage.

 

Seychelle 28oz Flip Top Advanced Water Filtration Bottle with Spare Filter Hydration is always a big #1 for preppers, hikers and campers. Here is a reasonable affordable filtration bottle and extra filter to add to the bug out packs or camping gear.

 

For MORE Great gifts, check out this page here. It is a collection of things I have put together that people (including my family) have said are great products for being prepared.

Dehydrating Hot Sauce

Until recently it had never dawned on me to dehydrate my sauces in our food storage. I saw several videos on you tube on how to do this and thus my adventure begins.

This particular article is about dehydrating Louisiana Hot sauce. Our family loves this on chicken and fajitas. (Well, mostly me. 🙂 )

I started with a 64 fl oz container of sauce I bought at Sam’s Wholesale for just under $4.00.

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I then lined my Excalibur trays with Non Stick Dehydrator Sheets. I have heard of people using wax paper, but I prefer to use these because they are thicker and when doing sauces or fruit leather it peels off very nicely and wipes clean. (My opinion is that it is more cost effective to purchase something I can use multiple times verses throwing something away and re buying more of it.)

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Next I measured a cup and a half of sauce per tray. Surprisingly, the entire 64 oz bottle of hot sauce fit on all five trays doing it this way. However, when I do it again I may only use one cup so it dries faster.

IMG_20131026_161629I set the dehydrator on 145° which is the setting used for fruit leather. I started this at 3:00 pm and let it run for about 8 hours at which point I had to go to bed. It was not dry in the center. I turned it down to 125° for the night because I was scared of over drying it. (silly, I know) In hindsight, it probably would of been alright to leave it at 145°, but being my first time I was leery.

When I awoke the next morning it still was not dry in the center so I cranked it back up to 145° and let it dry for another 9 hours for a total of 17 hours.

IMG_20131028_103736The key is that you do not want it to have the consistency of fruit leather. (fruit roll-ups) You want it to crack like a potato chip so when you blend it it forms a powder.

IMG_20131028_103728-1Now its time to pull out the chopper/blender. It is better to use a smaller one for these sorts of projects. Begin breaking off pieces of the hot sauce and packing it into the chopper.

IMG_20131028_103719I used my rival brand chopper and it did ok. However, I have been told by several people to purchase a Bella Rocket Blender to use when I want to do projects like this.  So now mine is on the way!! 🙂 Because of its reviews by preppers I have since added it to my *Amazing Gifts For Preppers* article.

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So what was the final outcome? A 64 fl oz container of hot sauce turned into a 2 cup, pint size jar of dehydrated hot sauce. Talk about saving space in your food storage pantry!! I was amazed.

Lousiana Hot SauceTo rehydrate the sauce, simply add a 1 to 3 ratio. One part powder to three parts (more or less to taste) hot water. It turned back into its original form in a matter of minutes and you would never know the difference.

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