|While many think that California is the garlic capital of the world most of the garlic that we consume actually comes from China. To many this may not be a big deal but we've heard from more than a few customers who are in search on 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 Powder. If you want to see a bit more on our big California Garlic decision you'll see that we are working to replace all of our non organic and organic garlic products with California Garlic. So not only do you get better flavor but you're supporting California farmers as well.
As any good home chef knows there really is nothing like fresh garlic but that doesn't mean that using 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.
Our Garlic Powder is an excellent alternative for recipes that call for minced garlic and it lasts for a long time (some folks will say up to 2-3 years although we still prefer to replace it every 6 – 12 months) and just a little bit will go a long way. Made from pure dehydrated garlic our garlic powder has no preservatives or anti-caking agents. If you do choose to use this in place of fresh Garlic then the garlic powder conversion of 1/8 tsp garlic powder to 1 fresh garlic clove.
We also like to use it as a substitute to adding salt to our meals and even keep a small shaker of it on the kitchen table. Because garlic powder tends to cling to damp surfaces it is also excellent for use in homemade marinades, seasoning blends and rubs.
We carry a wide selection of garlic to suit just about any situation - Garlic Flakes (also from California) when you are looking for garlic flavor and texture, Granulated Garlic dispenses easier than flakes and provides more bulk than powdered garlic. One of our newest additions is a California grown Roasted Granulated Garlic that is sure to tweak your taste buds! We also carry several excellent seasoning blends in Garlic Salt and Garlic Herb Seasoning.
Because garlic is so versatile it goes well with anything savory and works well in combination with just about all spices and herbs.
Some of our favorite recipes utilizing garlic powder are Creole Seasoned Baked Steak, Three Bean Slow Cooker Chili, Cajun Chicken Maque Choux and Oven Baked Chili Fries.