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:

Goodie Gifts For Canners

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Pic Source: Confessions of a Prepper

Whether you know an expert canner/dehydrator or someone just starting in the art, we always need supplies but are not always easy to shop for. So for this holiday season I have put together a list of over 30 of the tools I have found to be very effective when it comes to canning, dehydrating and cooking in general.  Many people have some of these tools and others do not. For those who have the basic tools you may find something here that catches your eye. There are a lot of other items to pick from. Have you ever tried fermenting? If not, the tools are listed here to.  So please, share this article with friends, family and new canners all around and get your Christmas shopping done early!! No matter what your budget is, there is something on this list for you!!

Canning/Dehydrating books are ALWAYS needed!! Below I have listed the books I can’t live without:

hdratelerA dehydrator is a great way to preserve fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s very simple and saves a lot of food or helps to build a great food storage reserve. If you know anyone who loves dried bananas or beef/deer jerky this could be a perfect gift. I sprung for the Excalibur 5 tray Model

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If you are going to make fruit leather, (fruit roll ups) then you can always add these to the stockings to go with the amazing dehydrator!! These are a special Non Stick Dehydrator Sheet needed to pour the puree fruit onto the tray.

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There are two basic things all canners need to start out. A Pressure canner and a water bath canner. (PC are for things like, meats, fish, poultry, vegetables and low acid foods.) Granted a good pressure canner can cost a little more, but in the end it is well worth it. I choose to use the All American 15 -1/2 quart pressure cooker for several reasons. Aside from the fact they are all Made in the USA, the main reason I choose this brand is because of their “metal-to-metal” sealing system for a steam-tight seal; no gaskets involved. That means no replacing worn out gaskets in the future. Positive action clamping locks align the cover to the base, forming a steam-tight seal. Since the seal does not use a gasket, the cover can be easily opened and closed, providing an extra margin of safety over conventional rubber or composition gasket cookers. You can choose any size you want however this model holds 10 pint jars or 7 quart jars. For a cheaper option, the Presto 23 quart aluminum pressure canner is often good for beginners who are not sure if they like canning.

410ls2guNaLThis Stainless Steel Rocking Mezzaluna Knife with silicon handle is essential for any cooks kitchen. At just under $12.00, for quick chopping jobs this is perfect. When a cook likes his/her kitchen gadgets they tend to use them more often.

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Water Bath Canners are for your jellies, jams and higher acid foods. While this is technically nothing more than a large stock pot, the water bath canners come with a jar rack to help lower and lift jars in and out of the water. I find the rack FANTASTIC for blanching tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.

71NOfVsRIOL._SL1500_Pretty much every canner probably already has these tools, however, there’s never any harm in replacing them or adding more to your collection. More than once my jar funnels have disappeared only to be found months later in the kids toy box, closet or buried under their beds. This beautiful 7 piece canning tool set  I am listing is not only beautiful, but very durable because it is not plastic. It comes with a steel canning rack that holds 7 pint or quart-size jars, a sterilizing rack holds 12 lids, 2 stainless-steel funnels, magnetic lid wand, jar lifter, and cheese cloth.

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For those who love canning cherries, the Cherry Pitter Device is ahhhmazing! It quickly de- pits multiply cherries to speed up your job and is easy for kids to use to!

One thing I can not stand is getting my hands all sticky when canning jams or jellies. This Prepworks Ladle from Progressive has a unique angle that’s shape easily gets into the corners of a stock pot; eliminates need for tools to scrape the bottom of pot. Its large capacity scoop fills entire 1/2 pint in 1 scoop and pours from both sides for left or right-handed use. The clip keeps scoop from slipping into pot and withstands heat to 400. It won’t stain and is dishwasher safe.

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Props to Prepworks again. They have come out with another nifty little tool. Sometimes I have problems getting the head space accurate when filling my jars. This wide mouth and regular mouth funnel comes in very handy for those of us that need it. 🙂

71pni06wMFL._SL1500_I have had my Bella Bullet Blender for two years now. I got it for $10.00 on Black Friday but you can still get it at a great price of $25.00 on amazon. I use this primarily for turning dehydrated foods such as tomatoes, onions, cayenne peppers, kale, etc into powders. It also blends up smoothies great. Its small and take up very little counter/cabinet space.

91qrUJsEagL._SL1500_For those bigger blending jobs I like to use the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System. This is a little bit pricey but this one gets all jobs done, you will get rid of all other blenders and it will make your kitchen guru very happy. It’s an 8 cup blender verses a 2-3 cup. Any serious canner knows and hates chopping up cups and cups of green peppers, jalapenos, onions etc for those delicious jar meals and will be so happy and grateful for this machine. Less time in the kitchen means more time with the family. Mmmmm perfect for large batches of home-made salsa!!

81BH76MBTTL._SL1500_As a cook and a canner I am always in need of a clean dish towel. With many different colors to choose from this makes another perfect gift to go along side of a new canner. Utopia Cotton Kitchen Towels come 12 to a set for a great deal at $15.00.

71k-it4cEEL._SL1500_The Victorio Food Strainer and Sauce Maker is great for any project that requires you to use cheesecloth. (Something I personally hate doing) It is wonderful for making all the sauces, purees, juices and jams you love without painstaking peeling or coring. It quickly separates fruit and vegetable puree from unwanted skins, stems and seeds. Optional electric drive motor. Don’t forget the 4 piece accessory kit with it so you can do even more. 🙂

816COBVtPDL._SL1500_Another small pet peeve of mine is small measuring cups. Most canning recipes call for more than 1 or 2 cups of any ingredient and any given time. When your mind is racing with everything to do sometimes its hard counting cup for cup and much easier to only have to measure once or twice. I have lost count more than once when it comes to sugar or vinegar in a recipe. I recently purchased this and am very happy with it. It is a Pyrex 4 cup measuring cup.

Ball Collector Jars seem to be a hit among those canners who love to take pictures of their work or use nice jars on their counter tops. There are several different kinds so I will list a few of them.

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The first is a Quart size Heritage Green tinted jar. It also comes in pint size as well. Any canner would love this and appreciate the thought.

ball 2The second most popular Vintage Heritage Jars are the beautiful blue tinted class jars. This link leads you to a case of 6 pint size jars with lids and rings.

fermenyThe Perfect Pickler Fermenting kit. If your family loves sauerkraut or anything else fermented then this might be the kit for you. Odor-free fermenting! Wild fermentation – no cultures to add and seals out air to induce a naturally pro-biotic world. Self-pressurizes to lock out airborne microbes.

61NRMk2nHqL._SL1500_If you have a vacuum sealer then this is a MUST!! This is a nifty little attachment that attaches to your mason jar lids and vacuum seals them air tight. Perfect for anyone who likes to dehydrate their own foods or makes meals in jars for their food storage.

61311pXeWNL._SL1500_If you do not have a vacuum sealer yet and its been on your *to get list* then now is the perfect time. We use The Food Saver V2244. We have had it about 4 years now with no problems and have never had to replace a part.

616Fz0ZAFkL._SL1500_Recap is a great idea for those regular mouth jars. We often store our fresh ground herbs and dried foods in our mason jars and opening and closing them every time can get old. With this invention one simply has to flip the lid open. 🙂 (For a four pack of all sizes, click here.)

41hNSB6bEcLMade to fit the Recap lids listed above, this Farmcurious Mason Jar Fermenting kit comes with everything you need to ferment your vegetables. This little set locks out the air and all the yeast and mold that come with it. Carbon dioxide escapes through the top of the airlock but nothing is allowed in. Attach the set to any wide mouth mason jar – fits a half-gallon jar for larger batches and down to a half pint for tiny little test batches.

Includes two full setups – two ReCAP lids, instructions and recipes, two stoppers and two airlocks so you can make two batches of yummy lactose-fermented goodies at once!

fermenting jarIf you would like to take fermenting to the next level then surprise your partner or treat yourself to the wonderful 2 Gallon (10L) Fermenting Crock Pot with stones. Harvest stoneware Fermenting Crocks from Czech Republic feature a traditional old world design that has proved highly functional for 100+ years. Harvest crocks were designed by the maker of the Harsch Crock and are handmade in the classic kiln process for stoneware. Fermenting crocks are excellent for pickling vegetables, making delicious sauerkraut or Kimchi, and even making wine. Fermentation pots have been used for hundreds of years as a way of naturally allowing foods to preserve in a salt and water brine. The lids on these fermentation pots are vented and once in place do not need to be removed as long as you keep the water level in the rim channel above the vents.