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How to Dry Garlic Easily for Winter Meals

The health benefits of garlic are incredible. Don’t miss out!

Do you have left over garlic and you’re concerned you might not get it used up fast enough before it gets yucky?? 

Vwalla! You can dry it quickly and easily at home using a variety of methods. It can then be stored and kept indefinitely without running the risk of becoming infected with bacteria or mold. Drying garlic will capture it flavor and strength to use all winter long to flavor up those dishes you love.

Here are several ways to dry garlic:

1. Peel the cloves.

Garlic cloves pealed and cut into slices for drying.

2. Slice the garlic in thin portions.  Use a very sharp knife and slice the garlic into ¼ inch thick pieces, or smaller if you can.You can slice them lengthwise or the other direction, just try to keep them pretty consistent so that they dry well.

3. Spread out evenly for drying.

4. Here are several options for the drying part.

a) Air-drying. A screen, cookie sheet, counter top or, as you can see by my photos above, I used a pizza pan that has vent holes in it.  It’s important that the a rack or sheet allows air to ventilate under and through it as much as possible. I have friends who use waxed paper on a cookie sheet or cardboard sheets. The waxed paper is uneven enough that the air gets around the slices. You can also check and move/flip them around too.  The sheet should be stored at room temperature.

If you have flies, dust, animal fur, etc. around, covering the sheet with a cloth is a good idea. The garlic is done when it has dried thoroughly, and slightly crispy.

Air-drying garlic takes several days but will result in a product that will last for years—as long as you keep it dry.

Air-dried, sliced garlic ready to store in glass container.

b) A food dehydrator.  You can actually dry the garlic cloves whole if you chose. Use a low temperature setting and expect a drying time of at least 48 hours.

c) In the over.  As a substitute for the dehydrator it works just fine. Just place the garlic layered cookie sheet or pizza pan in the oven and cook at the lowest temperature possible until the slices look crispy. The drying process is complete when the garlic is crispy. Setting the oven to 140 degrees Fahrenheit usually produces ideal results. Don’t forget them! — Set a timer! They can finish drying on the counter as well.

d) Hang whole garlic.  Place it in a well-ventilated area allowing for more even air circulation and prevent rotting.

HOW TO STORE DRIED GARLIC

Once dried, it’s ready to store. Note: If it becomes moist, damp, or wet it is considered “re-hydrated”, and must be used immediately.

Storing properly isn’t hard at all. 

1. Room temperature: Dried garlic can be stored at room temperature as long as it is in an airtight container.

2. Freezer: Store your garlic in the freezer as long as it is thoroughly dried and will not get damp. If you store the garlic in the freezer be sure to preserve it in its flake form. If you grind the garlic before freezing it will lose considerable flavor.

HOW TO USE DRIED GARLIC

As is: Use it just as is in the tiny slices. Drop into soups, into meat and fish dishes, just like you would fresh garlic.

Grind it: It’s helpful to have an extra coffee grinder in the house for herbs and garlic. Some people prefer a coffee grinder just for garlic as it leaves behind such a pungent odor that can get into the next thing you grind. However, if your herbs are going into soups and foods that have the garlic too, it’s all ending up in the same place! Grind garlic right before you intend on using it.   

So there you are! Enjoy garlic and all of its healthy benefits to you and our family all year long!

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