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Garlic powder made from garlic cloves in a spice jar with more cloves nearby.
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How to Make Garlic Powder from Garlic Cloves

How to make garlic powder: Slice garlic cloves, dehydrate until crisp, and grind for a flavorful seasoning ready to add to your favorite recipes!
Course Spices, Tutorial
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
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Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Calories 5kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 6 garlic heads peeled


  • Preheat the oven to the lowest possible temperature setting, 150°F if possible.
  • Slice the peeled garlic cloves thinly into even pieces to ensure even drying. Transfer the garlic slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours until the garlic is completely dry and crisp and makes a snapping sound when you try to break it.
  • Allow the garlic to cool completely. Then transfer to a spice grinder or coffee grinder and pulse until the garlic turns into a fine powder. Sift the garlic powder to ensure it’s fine and keep the larger garlic granules for another use.
  • Store the garlic powder in an airtight container with a teaspoon of uncooked rice to keep the garlic powder from clumping or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 6 months.


Storage: To keep your garlic powder fresh and clump-free, store it in an airtight container like a spice jar, away from direct sunlight or any source of moisture. When stored properly, garlic powder can last up to a year.
Use fresh garlic. Avoid bagged peeled garlic due to its uncertain freshness and potential slimy texture. Opt for fresh garlic bulbs for the best homemade garlic powder.
Dehydrate thoroughly. Ensure the garlic is completely dehydrated to prevent moisture from forming and mold growth.
Cool the garlic before grinding it. To prevent steam buildup and clumping, make sure to let the dried garlic cool completely before adding it to the processor.
Shake the jar to break up any clumps. To ensure that your garlic powder remains loose and easy to use, gently shake the jar occasionally to break up any clumps that may have formed.
Don't toss the granules. You can regrind them to make more garlic powder or add it to soups, stews, or other dishes and quickly rehydrate them as they absorb moisture.


Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg