Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the complexity of things that we forget about the simple pleasures in life. Reclaiming moments of simplicity can give us great ease and help us to find gratitude in the little things. Ready to take a break from the complicated? Try this incredibly simple recipe to make your own preservative free garlic and onion powder!
No preservatives or additives
We love that making food powders at home allows you to avoid nasty artificial ingredients and preservatives like MSG, food coloring and BHT, just to name a few. Naturally-grown foods were designed by nature to eventually decompose, not to last on your shelf for years on end. Take a peek in your spice cabinet… how long has that garlic powder been in there? Really.
You handpick the ingredients
Making your own garlic or onion powder lets you be completely in control of the source of the ingredients, so you can be sure that the onions and garlic are totally organic and maybe even local if you pick them up at a Farmer’s Market! You can rest easy knowing you picked only the best ingredients for your DIY powders.
It’s so easy
Really, it is. All you’ll need for garlic powder is garlic. All you’ll need for onion powder is onion. Can it get easier than that? Prep time is minimal (especially for the onion) and then it’s all up to your oven or dehydrator to do the rest. Don’t forget to grab one of your glass jars that are ready to be reused exactly for this purpose!
Once you’ve made your powders, you can include them in a number of tasty and customizable homemade spice blends. You may even come up with a signature spice blend!
It’s important to thinly and evenly slice your garlic or onion in order for them to dehydrate in an equal amount of time. You can either use the oven (at the lowest setting possible – usually between 150 and 200 degrees) or a dehydrator.
Here are the incredibly easy steps to making your own garlic or onion powder:
- Thinly and evenly slice either 2 garlic bulbs or one onion
- Spread onion or garlic on a baking sheet (if using the oven) or straight into the dehydrator
- If you are using the oven, heat it to the lowest setting possible. Place your baking sheet into the oven and let it sit for about 2 hours. Check on your onion or garlic every 30 minutes or so. Remember, we want to dehydrate, not burn the ingredients.
- Remove when ingredients are brittle. They should break evenly with out any hesitation. If they are still slightly moist, they will cake quicker and may go rancid because of the water content.
- Place completely dry ingredients in a spice grinder, high powered blender or mortar & pestle and grind.
- Store and enjoy!
- Extra Garlic tip – if you love garlic, you can break these dehydrated and thinly slice pieces and sprinkle them on potatoes, salads, soups, etc.
Have you ever made your own spice blends at home? What’s your favorite thing about making things at home? Let us know in the comments below.