[Market-farming] Garlic Powder
garlicgrower at earthlink.net
Thu Jan 15 13:47:35 EST 2004
>I started making garlic powder due to a bumper crop of garlic and bad
>sales and at $2 an ounce it is selling out.
That price might be a little low (although I live in a higher prices area
overall than Lucy). Check to see how much Frontier's dried herbs are
selling in your area health food stores and price your stuff the same or
higher -- Frontier is also organic, no fillers, etc, so I like using them
as my "commercial key" for pricing.
>put the powder through a fine wire strainer to get out the bigger bits
which become granulated garlic
Frontier sells both "garlic powder" and "granulated garlic" -- go ahead and
see if you can sell both (maybe the granulated a few cents cheaper). Some
people want to see the garlic in their food and the granulated also makes a
nice garnish for soups or mashed potatoes, so it's worth seeing if you can
get a market for it. . .
Here is my blurb on making garlic powder if anyone is interested:
I peeled the cloves, washed them, then tossed them in the food processor
fitted with the steel blade. I used the Pulse setting until the cloves
were chopped, but not pureed. Next, I lined a tray of my Excalibur
dehydrator with parchment cooking paper (I don't trust plastic wrap) and
spread the chopped garlic thinly over the paper. The garlic dried
overnight at 125 degrees F. (The house smelled wonderful!) The next
morning, I peeled the dried garlic off the cooking paper, tossed it into
the blender and let it rip until there was nothing but dust! Once I'd
turned off the blender and let the powder settle, I poured it into an
airtight spice jar. It looks great and tastes even better! You can even
save the parchment paper for the next time you want to make garlic
powder-just fold it up and place it in a ziploc bag. You'll never forget
what you used the cooking paper for - the smell alone will remind you!
Hope this is helpful!
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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