|Garlic is found in practically every type of cuisine, but its popularity seems to be greatest in Central and South American, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican and Southeast Asian cuisine. As any good home chef knows nothing compares to fresh garlic but that doesn't mean that dehydrated garlic shouldn't play a vital role in your kitchen. In fact over the last twenty years garlic consumption is up over 1,000% to more than 3.5 lbs. being consumed by each person in the U.S. each year. And of all that consumed garlic more than 75% of it is in the dehydrated form.
While it is widely believed that California is the garlic capital of the world in actuality the majority of garlic consumed in the US now comes from China. This isn’t a big deal to everyone but over the years we've heard from more than a few customers who prefer California grown garlic. We couldn't agree more - there have been several studies (scientific taste tests) that have continuously shown that California garlic tastes better than imported garlic, with higher ratings on the Brix (flavor) scale.
While Chinese garlic is certainly less expensive we've made the decision to only offer California grown Garlic. If you want to see a bit more on our big California Garlic decision you'll see that we worked hard to replace all of our garlic products with US grown Garlic. So not only do you get better flavor but you're supporting California farmers as well.
Granulated garlic is the one that is called for in most recipes and it can be substituted for fresh garlic in recipes where the flavor of garlic is called for but not necessarily the texture.
For handy garlic conversions use one teaspoon of garlic granules in place of each fresh clove. To achieve full flavor it takes about 20 minutes but you can notice the taste in a much shorter amount of time. If you are looking for more garlic flavor and texture then you will want to try our Roasted Garlic Flakes and if you have a recipe where garlic flavor, but not texture or bulk, is called for then try Garlic Powder. Granulated garlic is more easily dispersed than garlic flakes and provides more bulk and thickening than powdered garlic. We also carry a California grown Roasted Granulated Garlic that is sure to tweak your taste buds!
We also carry several delicious seasoning blends in Garlic Salt and Garlic Herb Seasoning. If you prefer organics we do carry an imported top quality Organic Granulated Garlic from China.
For some excellent recipe ideas using garlic take a look at these – Provencal Chicken, Cincinnati Chili, Black Bean and Rice Salad, Arroz Con Pollo and Sweet Chickpea Chili in Slow Cooker.