Last year we made dried garlic granules, and we found them really useful. It took an hour or so to peel 1kg of garlic, but then over the year when we were cooking we could quickly and easily add a teaspoon of granules to cooking without having to fiddle around with garlic, so it was worth the effort and stick fingers at the time! We also didn't have to buy any foreign garlic when the Australian garlic ran out towards the end of winter.
The finished product - 1 kg of garlic dried to fit in one jar
Seeing as the granules were such a success, we decided to do them again this year AND I remembered to take photos to share with you. The process is really very simple. We peeled the garlic, put it in the dehydrator (I ave a cheap sunbeam one), and ran it for a few hours (less this year because it was so hot anyway, I just left it outside for a few days). After a week the garlic was not quite dry, still a bit sticky and gooey, so we whizzed it in the food processor and put it back in the dehydrator - I think this is easier than chopping the wet garlic and makes sure that it dries completely. After another week we whizzed it again to make granules. I grind it quite finely so it can go straight into cooking and it not too chunky.
the wet garlic
after the first food processor step
after being dried and processed again
Have you made garlic granules? Any tips? What else do you dehydrate?