JUST CAN'T BE BEAT
I have a strong nervousness about using food that comes directly from China. I'm sure you've read the news reports and understand why. But there's one item from China I can't seem to avoid: powdered garlic. So I went on a quest to see if I could find a way.
To make your own powdered garlic sounds like an exciting prospect. Just imagine the freshness, along with the happiness of having something you made yourself. Empowerment! Healthiness! Improved taste! I am super excited about this idea.
I never would have gotten around to it except that I saw pre-peeled garlic at Sams' Club for an incredibly cheap price. What a fantastic opportunity.
So I sliced it thin and popped it into the oven to dehydrate. Unfortunately, mine took hours longer (i.e., 48 hours) instead of the 2 hours that I was told. (This may have been due to my oven and its specialized dehydrating instructions, which included having the oven door slightly open)
The end product is wonderful. And a sadly depressing small amount, given the labor.
Here's the funny thing, though. At the end, I realized I had never asked myself where the garlic came from. And....you guessed it: the inexpensive peeled garlic came from China!!