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How to Make Homemade Dried Garlic Powder

If you have excess garlic on your hands, I highly suggest making garlic powder to preserve it! Let me tell you this: fresh homemade garlic powder makes store-bought powder seem just about as tasty and interesting as chalk. This flavor is unreal! Follow these 7 easy steps to make your own - and you’ll soon see what I mean!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time14 hrs
Course: Seasoning
Keyword: dried garlic powder


  • Food Dehydrator, or Oven
  • Blender, Food Processor, or other appliance for grinding
  • An air-tight glass storage container, such as a mason jar with lid


  • Fresh Garlic


  • Peel and thinly slice the garlic into ⅛ inch pieces.
  • Place garlic slices onto dehydrator racks without overlapping pieces.
  • Dry garlic in a food dehydrator from 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit until slices are bone dry. They should snap crisply in half rather than bending. (See notes for oven instructions below)
  • Once fully dried, place the garlic in a blender or food processor and blend until a fine powder is achieved.
  • Use a fine mesh strainer to sift the blended powder before placing in storage container. If there are leftover hard bits remaining, return these to the blender or food processor and grind further into a powder.
  • Store garlic powder in an airtight container and use within one year. 


Oven instructions: To dry garlic in the oven, peel and chop your garlic cloves. I would avoid using a food processor, as it may make more of a sticky clumpy paste. Next, spread them in a thin layer on a baking pan covered with parchment paper. Bake at 140°F until it is completely crunchy dry, stirring and re-spreading the garlic bits every 30 minutes as you go. We have never done this, but read that this method takes a few hours. Then proceed with grinding, sifting, and storage as described above.