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Old 07-14-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Attempt at homemade garlic powder.

A quick story to let you all know what *doesn't* work.

I put some chopped garlic into my dehydrator until it was completely dry. About a cup of it while it was wet.

After drying it, I placed it into my food processor and turned it on. The processor uses a stainless steel blade that is very sharp.

The garlic laughed.

It was unfazed by the FP. I mean 99% of it didn't do anything but dent the blades! I was astounded!

I then got inspired! I was NOT going to let garlic whoop me.

I put some on my workshop steel plate and smacked it with a hammer. I'm talking a good smack!

The garlic laughed.

Again, my efforts didn't do a thing. The stuff was like diamonds. I couldn't believe it.

I threw the whole thing in the trash.

I heard another muffled laugh after the trash can lid shut.

Who would know?

My next effort was with a garlic puree. I processed that stuff until it was paste. That worked. The dried paste then converted to powder after being dashed about in the FP. It was MUCH stronger than store bought powder.

I laughed at the garlic.

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Old 07-14-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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LOL! Thanks for the info. Great story!
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Dented the blades? Oh my. I wonder if a coffee grinder would have worked or if the garlic would have laughed at it too. At least you found a way to make it and that actually sounds pretty cool. Some day when I have a dehydrator I'll have to try it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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OTF! I had a similar debacle recently when I tried making pumpkin seed butter, recipe said be patient it takes a while. I waited so long the motor in my food processor gave in :(
Had that processor for only 10yrs..lol! Will have to save for a new one, it was a 5 in one function machine, expensive :(
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:14 PM   #5
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What about using a microplane? It would take a long time but surely that would work.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:20 PM   #6
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I wonder if a burr type grinder would have worked.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:41 PM   #7
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Funny story. Glad you conquered the garlic!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:15 PM   #8
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I wonder if a burr type grinder would have worked.
Perhaps! Of course, it might have ruined the grinder too. When I looked at the blades afterward, I couldn't believe the garlic had actually dented the blades. Outrageous! I was thinking along the lines of an explosion maybe...but then I wouldn't be able to find the garlic again! It made me wonder what an entire clove would be like after dehydrating it. I could use it in a sling-shot to hunt with! Maybe make bullets of it! You could shoot a wild hog and season it at the same time!
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:39 PM   #9
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I think they freeze dry the garlic before grinding - and it could be ground under cryogenic conditions.....

which would account for the stronger aromatics of the pureed version - freeze drying would remove volatile compounds as a side effect.
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Perhaps! Of course, it might have ruined the grinder too. When I looked at the blades afterward, I couldn't believe the garlic had actually dented the blades. Outrageous! I was thinking along the lines of an explosion maybe...but then I wouldn't be able to find the garlic again! It made me wonder what an entire clove would be like after dehydrating it. I could use it in a sling-shot to hunt with! Maybe make bullets of it! You could shoot a wild hog and season it at the same time!
When all else fails, blow it up or use it as ammo!
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