Dehydrating Garlic ~ Elephant or Regular Size!

Garlic bulb with loose cloves

Dehydrating garlic is easy when you use Elephant, often called Mammoth Garlic!

As the name implies, it's much bigger than regular bulbs, like four times bigger! 

(See photo farther down this page.)

Elephant garlic is milder in taste than its regular counterpart.




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Garlic has a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, followed by Choline. There are trace amounts of vitamin K, Folate, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Pantothenic Acid. It is a good source of Potassium, Phosphorus, and Calcium, followed by Iron and Manganese. There are trace amounts of Zinc, Copper, and Selenium and contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Great for use in tons of recipes: Soups and stews, Italian dishes of all types!

Elephant Garlic cloves before slicing on mandoline


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Air Ventilation Warning

You may also wish to have your windows OPEN, or put the A/C on while you're dehydrating onions or garlic ... as the very strong odor can certainly circulate throughout the whole house!

If you ABSOLUTELY LOVE onions and garlic it's not such a bad thing ... but if you don't ... just sayin'!

Air Ventilation Warning

You may also wish to have your
windows OPEN, or put the A/C on
while you're dehydrating onions
or garlic ...
as the very strong odor can
certainly circulate throughout
the whole house!

If you ABSOLUTELY LOVE onions
and garlic it's not such a bad thing ...
but if you don't ... just sayin'!

Grind Dehydrated Garlic to use as Garlic Salt

It can also be ground up for use in powder form! Add equal amounts of salt to the ground powder and you now have Garlic Salt.

NOTE: While dehydrating, you may want to consider dehydrating some onions at the same time if you've got a spare dehydrator tray or two available! In other words, don't mix garlic and onions with, say, apples, when dehydrating – unless you WANT your APPLES to taste like GARLIC or ONIONS!!

ALSO: Run your stove hood vent (if you have one). This will quickly take the odor out of your house.

If you're out on a date, then make sure both partners eat this pungent veggie, you'll thank each other later for that tip!

Dehydrating Garlic ~
Heed the Air Ventilation Warning Above!

When dehydrating garlic, watch out for strong odors as mentioned earlier. Either you LOVE garlic, or you DON'T!

  1. Separate and peel the cloves, cut into 1/8" slices – a mandoline does a fine job of this for the elephant/mammoth bulbs – just watch your fingers please! With regular (small) cloves, carefully use a knife!
  2. Arrange on your food dehydrator trays, making sure the slices don't touch or overlap.
  3. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
  • It will be brittle when fully dried and stores well in a small mason jar, I just crumble it up when adding it to my soups etc.
  • Drying time: between 6-12 hours.
  • Please remember to rotate your trays for even drying.
Regular and elephant garlic, left. Dehydrated garlic, right.

If you've ever seen the movie Crocodile Dundee
you'll appreciate this comment about 'regular' versus 'Elephant':

"You call that garlic?
Now this ...
(pointing to the elephant bulb)
... is Garlic!" :-)

If you've ever seen the movie
Crocodile Dundee
you'll appreciate this comment
about 'regular' versus 'Elephant':

"You call that garlic?
Now this ...
(pointing to the elephant bulb)
... is Garlic!" :-)

Check out Julie's SMOKED Garlic Salt ... YUMMY!!
click the link above or the photo below

Julie's Smoked Garlic

Check out Julie's great post on how she dehydrates
her garlic with added sea salt!

Not only does it look amazing, she assures us it tastes amazing too!


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