Granulated Garlic
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Granulated Garlic, also known as Powdered Garlic is Dehydrated Garlic that has been ground finely so it takes on the texture of granules.  Granulated Garlic is used as more of a Seasoning than as a substitute for Fresh Garlic.

Even though it is made from Dehydrated Garlic, Granulated Garlic does not have to be Rehydrated prior to use.

Season

Granulated Garlic is a food product and as such does not have a season.

Availability

Granulated Garlic is available all year long in the spice section of almost any full-service grocery store.

Production

To make your own Granulated Garlic at home, you have to start by making your own Dehydrated Garlic.

To make Dehydrated Garlic select fresh, firm, unblemished Garlic Cloves to prepare. Begin by separating and Peeling the Garlic Cloves. Cut each one in half lengthwise. Dry them in your oven on a dry, ungreased baking sheet for 2 hours at 140° F (60° C) for the initial drying.  After 2 hours, turn down the heat to 130° F (54° C) and dry the Garlic until it loses all of its moisture and becomes crisp like a garlic chip.

Grating the Dehydrated Garlic will yield Garlic granules.  Other derivative products, such as Garlic Salt can be made from Granulated Garlic.

Purchasing

As with all dried food items, check Granulated Garlic for the freshness date. Also make sure that the package is sealed and intact and that there no visible spoilage (moisture, mold, fungus, etc.).

Another thing to consider when purchasing commercial Granulated Garlic is that the majority of our domestic Garlic comes from China. Much of it is used in prepared products such as Granulated Garlic. This is an important consideration since China’s agricultural production rules, including pesticide use and chemical treatment of their products “differ” (to be kind) from our own.

Storage

Store in the pantry or a cool dark place.

Culinary Uses

Granulated Garlic (sometimes referred to as Garlic Powder) are slices or bits of garlic that must be reconstituted before using (unless added to a liquid-based dish, such as soup or stew).

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Granulated Garlic per person.

Nutritional Value USDA
GARLIC POWDER
Amount Per 100g
Calories 331
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
2%
Sodium 60mg
25%
Potassium 1193mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate 72g
36%
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

The area of nutrition is where some of the bad news comes in about cooking with Granulated Garlic. That is to say, Granulated Garlic is fine for you but not as good for you when compared to Fresh Garlic.

Raw Garlic Cloves have more Protein (2.5 times more), more Dietary Fiber (twice as much), more Calcium (16 times more), more Iron (2.4 times more), more Phosphorus (3 times more), more Vitamin C (900 plus times more), more Selenium (4 times more), more Vitamin B6 (5.5 times more), more Manganese (15 times more) than the granulated form. 

The other issue is that much of the domestic Granulated Garlic (as high as 75%) comes from China where they have looser rules about pesticides and chemical additives like bleaching agents, preservatives, etc. And it is not just the Dehydrated Garlic packed in a jar. Check the labels on any of your packaged foods or ready to eat foods. How many of them contain Dehydrated Garlic, Granulated Garlic or Garlic Powder?

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes