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Making Do

January 16th, 2017 at 08:52 am

We are out of garlic powder. Even though we have a ton of garlic in the garlic braid I made this summer from what I grew in the garden, sometimes I just like to use garlic powder. I put it in the dough for my homemade pizza and I use it to make the parsley butter sauce for my garlic pull apart bread. I like to add it to my bone broth, which I don't season when I make it, but a pinch of it in a mug of broth is perfect.

We are at the stage where we just can't run to the store for any little thing we are out of. The more we go to the store, the more we spend, so the goal is to simply stay out of the store as much as possible.

To that end I am making homemade garlic powder. It's really not that hard. It's just kind of tedious to peel all the cloves and then chop them up. It's also time consuming. But eventually I got through several heads of garlic, cut up the cloves into 1/4 inch slices, and now they are in the dehydrator. By morning it should be dry and then I can run it through the spice grinder to make my powder.

Fortunately garlic is not nearly as wet as onions. Onions take a long time to dry, about 3 days. So worth it though. It makes the best onion powder I've ever tasted, just like doing the garlic makes the best garlic powder. I want garlic powder to add to my homemade pesto which we will have on ravioli for dinner since I try to avoid tomato sauce as much as possible now. It kicks it up a notch even though it already has minced garlic in it.

It is good to know how to make things like this so that when I run out of something that is a staple to my cooking, I can make what I need instead of just running to the store and spending more money than I intended.

6 Responses to “Making Do”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    That's brilliant that you can make it yourself!

  2. AnotherReader Says:

    This is what people used to do when they had a lot of time but not a lot of money. The food industry convinced people that the convenience was worth the money and we now have "convenience" substitutes for the real thing. Not sure about garlic powder, but lots of these convenience items have additives to make them pour easily and last longer. Some of these additives are not required by the regulatory agencies to be disclosed. It's best whenever possible to make things yourself so you know what is in them.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I admire your cooking skills. I could use some help in that area!

  4. pjmama Says:

    What a great solution! I bet it tastes so much better than the store bought stuff.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I hear you on the tedium, but I am sure your homemade garlic powder will be much better than the commercial variety.

  6. livingalmostlarge Says:

    what sort of dehydrator do you have? I wonder if it's worth buying?

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