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Do It Yourself Garlic Salt! No Dehydrator Needed.

Have you ever bought too many garlic bulbs and found yourself throwing them away because they got bad? Well, now you don’t have to! After this post, you’ll be ready to start making your own garlic salt! And, no. You don’t need a dehydrator to do it. We are dehydrating our garlic using the exact same method that we used to create our fruit leather from a while back. Proof you really don’t need special equipment to dehydrate most things. 😉

Here’s how:



  • Garlic
  • Salt


  • Food Processor
  • Food Chopper or Knife
  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Storage Container

*Oh, let me give you a quick warning: If you have anyone in your household that is scent sensitive, wait to do this project! Do not start until they have left the house. The garlic scent will be STRONG through this entire process!*

Ok, with that being said, let’s get started!

Step 1: Remove and peel the cloves.


Step 2: Use your food chopper to dice the cloves into small bits. Of course, you can do this by hand as well but using a chopper really speeds up the process!


Step 3: Spread your diced pieces of garlic evenly onto a baking sheet. Try to space it out if you can. Note: You may want to line it with foil as some of the pieces will stick to the sheet.


Step 4: Insert you pan into a COOL oven. Turn the oven to the lowest setting possible (usually, 170 degrees). Keep the door to the oven cracked open the entire time you’re dehydrating your garlic.

This may take a few hours. Just keep checking your garlic and pull it out when it looks nice and toasted.

Your garlic is ready when you can touch the pieces and the garlic doesn’t “give”. It should feel hard and toasted. It’ll look something like this…


Step 5: Add your dehydrated bits of garlic to a food processor and add 1 tablespoon of salt.


Step 6: Set it to spin! Keep processing it until it turns into a grainy powder.


Give it a taste test here and add a bit more salt if you want to.

Step 7: Add to your storage container and use when ready!


That’s it! Now you can turn the garlic you’d probably trash, into something that can be stored away and used when you’re ready. Isn’t that great?!

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  1. Hi,

    Will this method work simply to make garlic powder or does the salt act as a preservative?


    • christina says:

      Hi, Jackie! Thanks for the comment! You could certainly use this method to make garlic powder or garlic flakes if you wanted. I only added the salt for flavoring. Once your garlic is dehydrated, placed in a container, and stored away, it should keep for up to a year or longer as long as moisture hasn’t gotten to it.

      • Thanks so much, Christina! I use very little salt (It takes me about two years to use one box.) and lots of garlic powder, so this will be great. 🙂

        • christina says:

          Anytime, Jackie. That’s what we’re here for. By the way, I wish I had your salt restraint! You get a virtual high-five for that!