We are a fan of replacing store-bought products by making healthy versions at home which is why this homemade garlic salt is our most recent alternative. We tested it by tasting it side-by-side, and it passed with excellent marks.
The first thing to remember is that whenever you make your food by hand, your taste is always superior to the ready-to-eat version available in stores.
This is the case with my onion powder that I make myself and homemade celery salt. Home-cooked bread, fermented mayonnaise, fermented mustard, homemade ketchup, pumpkin puree, or even homemade brownies (especially homemade sourdough brownies that are fudgy and delicious!). This garlic salt recipe isn’t one of them!
What Is Garlic Salt?
It’s very simple: table salt and garlic granulated. The bottles you buy from stores usually contain calcium silicate, an anti-caking ingredient that keeps the seasoning supple and shakeable. There’s no need to create your homemade garlic salt, but ensure that you store the salt in a dry area–ideally in an airtight container to prevent the moisture from forming a clump and causing a haze. It’s so versatile that it can make everything taste better, from fries and popcorn to salads, pasta, and meats. It’s also a fantastic substitute for freshly cut garlic (use 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt for each clove you’re substituting).
How to Make Garlic Salt
The ratio to remember? Three parts salt to one garlic. It is possible to use either garlic granulated or powder. The one difference between them is their appearance and size. Both are made from dried garlic. However, garlic powder is crushed until floury and soft, whereas granulated garlic is crushed to a coarser texture.
Adjust the recipe based on how much you’ll need, or prepare large quantities, so you’re ready for months (for example, 1 cup of sodium and 1/3 cup of garlic powder will keep you going for a few days).
- 1 Table Salt tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon of garlic granulated or garlic powder
Mix the garlic and salt in a shaker with a seasoning or mason jar. Shake until well combined. Mixing the ingredients in a bowl before transferring them to a jar or shaker is also possible.
Place in an airtight storage container at room temperature for up to 1 year. Make sure to watch garlic salt that is stored in a shaker that has holes on the top. This could lead to water absorption and, eventually, clumping. Adding a handful of grains of uncooked rice to the shaker may help.
Easy Homemade Garlic Salt
If you already have garlic powder, Mix one part with 3 parts of salt. Please keep it in an airtight container until you need it. Label the jar and place the date so you keep what’s in it.
Use Fresh Garlic Cloves
You can use your garden garlic or purchase purchased cloves from a store. You’ll need the following:
- About 1/4 cup of garlic cloves, typically around 1 1/2 heads of garlic
- 1 cup salt
- You can make a fresh batch of aromatic garlic salt in just a few steps.
Remove the cloves of garlic and put them in the food processor. Add salt, preferring Kosher salt. The iodine and the other minerals in table salt and Celtic sea salt could discredit the garlic.
Process the mixture of salt and garlic for approximately 20 seconds or until it has the consistency of sand.
Place the mix on parchment paper or a baking mat with silicone, and place it on baking sheets.
Bake in a 200 F oven for around an hour or until the mixture is crisp and dry. Make use of the oven’s heat to dry the garlic in a slow manner and avoid browning.
Put the garlic salt back into the food processor, and mix it several times until it is similar to the texture of cornmeal.
The mixture should be stored in an airtight jar and in a cool and dry area. Mark and date the garlic salt and discard any leftovers after three months.
Dress It Up
For a flavorful and visually appealing alternative, add dried oregano or dried parsley in the food processor, along with the salted garlic and your.
If you want a more peppery flavor, grind up black peppercorns using the coffee grinder. They’re generally too small and tough to grind in the food processor finely. Add the crushed peppercorns to the garlic and salt blend in the food processor, then process. Adding the pepper helps you decrease the salt content in the mix but still has an incredibly flavorful, delicious mixture.
This recipe makes preparing the amount or quantity you’d like simple. Make a huge batch to cut down on time for the future, and make sure you have it available to make garlic bread in a snap and other dishes. You can make the amount you’ll require at any time, and you’ll have one less spice jar in your kitchen pantry.
What is the best way to serve this garlic salt recipe?
Let’s imagine that you’ve created some with this salt-of-garlic recipe! (Which you’ll do, right?) If you land on this page, you’ll know what you want to accomplish with it. However, here are some of our most popular suggestions for ways to utilize it:
- On avocado toast or green tomato toast.
- French fries or Sweet potato fries.
- In olive oil, dip bread.
- On pizza.
- On baked salmon.
- On popcorn (blend it to create a smooth consistency, similar to popcorn salt! ).
- Mix it up with shrimp.
- Mix into stews and soups.
- Shake the pasta.
- Include sauteed or roasted vegetables to add some flavor.
Ways To Use Garlic Salt
Garlic salt can be found in a variety of your favorite recipes, but it’s not an exact substitute for garlic as a standalone salt. I suggest using it in dishes that require the addition of salt. It can benefit from the additional flavor of garlic.
Many great options include lightly sprinkled over salads or added to pasta cooked or sauce vegetable dishes, rice dishes, guacamole, and more.
If you’re looking for flavor, garlic salt can be an excellent ingredient in situations where the flavor is required. Try it in Hidden Spinach Guacamole, Roasted Eggplant, or Buffalo Cauliflower!
Make Garlic Powder
Once you’ve dehydrated the garlic, you can create garlic powder. I prefer using my grinder for coffee to crush the garlic cloves I’ve dehydrated in small quantities. This is the fastest and most efficient method I’ve discovered (see further for my advice on how to clean the grinder).
Since I prefer to make small quantities of garlic salt once, I must make 1/4 cup of garlic powder. It’s about 1/3 cup of dried garlic cloves.
Put the garlic cloves that have dried in the blender and grind until a fine, uniform powder is created. You can grind the garlic more coarsely or do whatever you want.
More DIY Seasoning Salts
If you’ve learned how easy it is to create garlic salt, you’ll be thrilled to learn that celery salt and onion salt are as simple. Replace the salts you buy from stores in your kitchen pantry with homemade versions when running out. You’ll save money and most likely discover your meals are more delicious.