Sunday, January 17, 2010

Staples: Garlic Powder

One of the most underrated ingredients in my opinion, garlic powder is always within reach.
When used properly, it can lend a great garlic flavor. The trick is you HAVE to give it time reconstitute.
Garlic powder is garlic that is dehydrated and then ground up. So like tiny dried mushrooms, the granules need a little time to soak up moisture so that they can really shine. Meaning you can't really put it on something directly before consumption, though I admit to doing so occasionally with a slice of pizza.
It's perfect for spice rubs and marinades; garlic powder is more durable than fresh garlic, making it more suitable high heat applications like grilling. There's nothing worse than the underlying flavor of burnt garlic in an otherwise delicious marinade.
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