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Discover what is granulated garlic and find ways to use this seasoning in your dishes. Granulated garlic, one form of dried garlic, adds rich flavor without the moisture of fresh garlic. Find ways to use it and its advantages over garlic salt or garlic powder. Substitute granulated garlic in your favorite recipes for that extra flavor.

A bowl of dried minced garlic with whole garlic cloves and sliced garlic in the background.
A bowl of dried minced garlic.

Just one step further from drying your garlic, and you will get a seasoning like no other. Granules are a great way to not only store your fresh produce but also add a perfect touch to various seasoning mixes you can prepare in your kitchen.

Use it for your meat marinades, or sprinkle it on your vegetable soup and sauces for an extra spicy flavor.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

  •  Rich flavor – granulated garlic intensifies the flavor of any dishes you add this to. Depending on the amount you add, you can alter the spiciness of that particular meal.
  • DIY Pantry Staple – making granulated garlic at home with a Magic Bullet Blender is simple. You will ensure that you avoid store-bought versions with unknown ingredients and instead enjoy a homemade flavor booster.
  • Versatile and Shelf-Stable – granulated garlic is a versatile addition to various recipes, from savory main courses to dressings and marinades. Plus, it’s shelf-stable, ensuring you always have garlic flavor.

How To Use Granulated Garlic?

Granulated garlic is made from dehydrated garlic, which you can use in various recipes. I am now adding it to most of my dishes to add a little flavor. I noticed that garlic granules dissolve quickly, and the dish absorbs the flavor like nothing else. 

A teaspoon of garlic powder might have a stronger flavor than a teaspoon of granulated garlic, but as I have tried in some of my recipes, it will really depend on your preferences on where and how you use them. I find it best to sprinkle it on salads for that extra crunch. 

Top view of a bowl filled with granulated garlic, with whole garlic cloves and garlic chips nearby.
Top view of a bowl filled with granulated garlic.

Granulated Garlic And Garlic Powder

Although garlic powder and granulated garlic may have different textures, they serve the same purpose, and both are great additions to your kitchen pantry.

Garlic powder has a finer consistency than granulated garlic, and they can both be used in any dish, depending on where you want to use them. These different forms of garlic allow us to experiment and add other twists to our daily dishes and recipes.

How To Make Granulated Garlic Using Dried Garlic

Introducing you to an additional ingredient to fill your pantry needs. Follow a few easy steps to make granulated garlic using dried garlic. 

Here is a guide with full instructions. If you prefer more visual steps, I also prepared a video for you.

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Dehydrator: Drying the garlic clove slices and remove any moisture from the fresh garlic. It is easier than using the sun-drying method. 
  • Magic Bullet Blender: It is the easiest and the most essential kitchen gadget for making garlic granules as it turns dried garlic into whatever form you want, whether granulated or garlic powder.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Garlic Cloves: Opt for the fresh harvest as they have the best and strongest flavor. You can also opt for various types of garlic. 
  • Olive Oil: A few drops will ensure the slices will not stick on the dehydrator trays.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR MAKING GRANULATED GARLIC

First Step: Prepare The Garlic

Pick fresh garlic bulbs from the market or your harvest. Any type will do as long as it has the natural garlicky flavor. Choose those with crispy outer skin, or smell the garlic to check the freshness.

Peel the garlic, clean the cloves with water, and let them dry before dehydrating.

Varieties of garlic presented on a wooden table with text explaining "what is granulated garlic" alongside a jar of dehydrated garlic cloves.
Varieties of garlic.

Second Step: Dehydrate

Slice the garlic into thin and small slices. Pat dry the slices with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

Prepare the dehydrator by attaching plastic insert silicone to the trays and spraying them with olive oil to prevent garlic from sticking.

Assemble the garlic slices into the trays and dry them up until they’re ready, which may take 7 to 8 hours, depending on the thinness of your garlic slices.

Spreading garlic slices onto a dehydrator.
Spreading garlic slices onto a dehydrator.

Third Step: Pulse

Place the dehydrated garlic in the blender of your choice. I used a magic bullet, but you can also use a food processor or mortar and pestle for grinding. 

Refrain from overcrowding, and ensure enough space for proper blending. Pulse the blender in short bursts until you achieve a fine consistency, and the granulated garlic is coarsely ground. This might take a few rounds, so be patient.

A person using an electric mini food chopper to chop dried garlic.
A person using an electric mini food chopper to chop dried garlic.

Fourth Step: Check The Granules

Pause and check the texture. Give it another round of pulsing until you reach your desired minced size. 

A person holding a handful of granulated garlic.
A person holding a handful of granulated garlic.

TRICKS AND TIPS:

  • Granule size – adjust the pulsing time in your blender to control the size of the granules. Longer bursts will give you a finer, more like cornmeal consistency, while shorter pulses may produce a coarser texture.
  • Choosing garlic – choose high-quality garlic with a strong flavor to get the best result.
  • Grinding – You are free to choose what equipment to use to grind your garlic to granulate.
A bowl of dried granulated garlic next to whole garlic bulbs and cloves.
A bowl of dried granulated garlic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Substitute for Granulated Garlic

If granulated garlic is not available, the closest match to it is powdered garlic. You can also use fresh minced garlic or any garlic products in your cooking and make adjustments.

Is It Better To Use Garlic Salt Instead Of Garlic Powder?

Garlic salt is a great mixture to have in your pantry. It not only adds a garlicky flavor but also includes salt, reducing the need for separate salt seasoning. I even add some of my dry herbs and have this salt mixture in small jars to use whenever needed.

Where to Use Garlic Powder or Garlic Granules?

Using garlic granules for salads is my most favorite way. Sprinkle over your finished salad for a perfect crunch. 

There are a lot of dishes where you can quickly sprinkle and mix your garlic granules, especially on rice dishes and stir fries like this healthy chicken stir-fry dish. Add toppings to your morning cauliflower rice or sprinkle it on your chicken roll-ups and chicken crack casserole for additional flavor.

Rub it on your meats and add it to soups or stews. Your choice. 

You can also use it to add a little twist to homemade salad dressings and spreads like guacamole or hummus. Adding it to scrambled eggs and omelets is also a good idea for breakfast.

A bowl of chopped dried garlic on a white surface.
A bowl of chopped dried garlic on a white surface.
How Do I Store Granulated Garlic?

To store and preserve your granulated garlic, place it in an airtight container to prevent exposure to air and moisture. Place the container in a cool, dark place, like a pantry, to maintain the flavor and quality. Please ensure the container is tightly sealed after each use to preserve its freshness for a longer shelf life.

More Pantry Powder Recipes

Experiment with these powdered pantry staples I have made for your clean eating kitchen. Try this mushroom powder I made from drying mushrooms to have an umami seasoning always available in my pantry. You can also make chicken powder from these chicken chips and jerky, which I also dried for snacks.

I also have a sweet powdered recipe called cranberry powder that you can sprinkle on your smoothies or baked cakes and cheesecakes for special occasions.

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Bowl of granulated garlic with cloves, promoting clean and whole food choices.
Bowl of granulated garlic.

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A bowl of dried minced garlic with whole garlic cloves and sliced garlic in the background.

What Is Granulated Garlic

Zuzana Paar
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Discover what is granulated garlic and find ways to use this seasoning in your dishes. Granulated garlic, one form of dried garlic, adds rich flavor without the moisture of fresh garlic. Find ways to use it and its advantages over garlic salt or garlic powder. Substitute granulated garlic in your favorite recipes for that extra flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Pantry
Cuisine International
Servings 10
Calories 8 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Pick fresh garlic bulbs from the market or your harvest. Any type will do as long as it has the natural garlicky flavor. Choose those with crispy outer skin, or smell the garlic to check the freshness. Peel the garlic, clean the cloves with water, and let them dry before dehydrating.
  • Slice the garlic into thin and small slices. Pat dry the slices with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Prepare the dehydrator by attaching plastic insert silicone to the trays and spraying them with olive oil to prevent garlic from sticking. Assemble the garlic slices into the trays and dry them up until they're ready, which may take 7 to 8 hours, depending on the thinness of your garlic slices.
  • Place the dehydrated garlic in the blender of your choice. I used a magic bullet, but you can also use a food processor or mortar and pestle for grinding. Pulse the blender in short bursts until you achieve a fine consistency, and the granulated garlic is coarsely ground. This might take a few rounds, so be patient.
  • Pause and check the texture. Give it another round of pulsing until you reach your desired minced size. 

Video

Notes

  • Granule size – adjust the pulsing time in your blender to control the size of the granules. Longer bursts will give you a finer, more like cornmeal consistency, while shorter pulses may produce a coarser texture.
  • Choosing garlic – choose high-quality garlic with a strong flavor to get the best result.
  • Grinding – You are free to choose what equipment to use to grind your garlic to granulate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoonCalories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 12mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.03gVitamin A: 0.3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on March 30th, 2024
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