Conventionally, garlic powder was prepared by a cumbersome process that involved removing the outer papery skin by hand, separating and peeling the cloves manually, then dehydrating and powdering them before packing. Recently, more efficient processes are being used to commercially produce dehydrated garlic powder, free from husk. In this process, the garlic bulbs are broken, the cloves and papery husks are separated by aspiration, and then the cloves are mechanically pre-conditioned and dried. The dried material is suitably processed to loosen and separate the adhering husk layer, after which the dried material is powdered to obtain the final product.
Garlic powder, which is mainly used as a condiment in food preparations, has a different taste than fresh garlic. If used as a substitute for fresh garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to one clove of garlic. Garlic powder also serves as a carminative and gastric stimulant in many medical preparations.
The manufacture and marketing of garlic powder is a well established industry in the USA and Europe.
How to select
• Check the use-by date before buying.
• Inspect the sealing of the package to ensure maximum aroma.
• Thanks to its pungent flavour, garlic powder is widely used around the world as a seasoning or condiment.
• As a condiment, it is used for flavouring mayonnaise and tomato ketchup or sauces, salad dressings, gravies, stews, spaghetti, chutneys, pickles, curried dishes, etc.
• Garlic powder may be applied to breads to create classical favourites such as garlic bread, garlic toast, bruschetta, crostini and canapé.
• Oils are often flavoured with powdered garlic, to be used as a seasoning for vegetables, breads and pasta.
How to store
• Garlic powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
• Garlic is great for the heart and circulatory system. It has been proven to lower cholesterol and thin the blood, which helps prevent stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease.
• It blocks the growth of cancer cells; therefore, people who eat garlic tend to develop less stomach and colon cancers.
• Garlic powder is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels. Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts lower blood homocysteine level.
• In modern naturopathy, garlic powder is used as a treatment for intestinal worms and other intestinal parasites.
• Garlic powder is also used as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders and fungal infections.