What is the difference between garlic salt and garlic powder?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between garlic salt and garlic powder?”, and discuss what garlic salt and garlic powder is. We will also discuss if garlic salt and garlic powder can be substituted for one another, use of garlic salt and garlic powder in foods,  how garlic salt and garlic powder is made at home, and the health benefits of garlic.

What is the difference between garlic salt and garlic powder?

The difference between garlic salt and garlic powder is that, garlic salt is salt which is added to garlic for flavour and garlic powder is dried garlic made into a powdered form.

What is garlic salt?

Garlic salt is a mix of garlic in ground form and sea or kosher salt. The ratio of the mixture is 3 parts salt to 1 part garlic powder. Garlic salt may also consist of calcium silicate which is basically an anti-caking agent which prevents the salt and the garlic from sticking to each other.

What is garlic powder?

Garlic powder is actually dried garlic with most of the moisture removed and the garlic pulverised, turning to powder. 

First, the garlic cloves are peeled and sliced, placed into the oven to dry and converted to powder in a blender or grinder. 

Can garlic salt be substituted for garlic powder

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No, garlic salt cannot be substituted for garlic powder. Doing so, will lead to food high in salt and will barely be eaten

What are the uses of garlic salt and garlic powder in food?

Garlic salt and garlic powder can be used in salad dressings to give it a salad a good taste.

Garlic salt and garlic powder are also used for seasonings to dry rubs or as marinades for meats. They are also used to make italian seasonings by mixing italian herbs such as dried oregano, dried rosemary, and dried thyme mixed with garlic salt and powder along with dried onions.

How can you make garlic salt at home?

Garlic salt can be made at home by mixing garlic powder (recipe described below), and salt in the ratio 1:3. Salt of any type can be used, mostly preferred are the kosher salt or sea salt. 

The mixture should be stored in air tight containers in a cool dry place. Labelling is a good choice to prevent mistaking garlic powder as garlic powder as garlic salt.

How can you make garlic powder at home?

Garlic powder can be made at home by washing, peeling, and cutting the garlic into small slices, placing them in an oven at 150 degrees fahrenheit and drying them for as long as you can.

Try crushing a dried garlic with your finger, if the garlic is crushed, it means that it is completely dried.

Cool down the dried garlic pieces and grind them into a fine coarse powder. Grinding can be done by using a coffee spice grinder, a mortar and pestle, blender, grinder etc.

Store the ground garlic in airtight containers in a dry area away from sunlight. To prevent development of moulds in the ground garlic in jars, shake the jar diligently on a daily basis. To use garlic powder in a fresh form, do not use it for more than a week.

What are the health benefits of garlic?

Garlic is beneficial against the prevention of various diseases such as hardening of arteries, high blood cholesterol levels, lung and prostate cancers, brain cancers and for issues of the hip joints and bones.

Garlic acts as a powerful antibiotic, and is also used to treat conditions of the respiratory tract such as the common cold, cough and flu, and reduces the risk of premature or preterm deliveries. 

The benefits of garlic can be obtained both in raw and cooked form. Garlic infusions, garlic teas, and putting garlic in coffees, taking steam of boiled hot garlic water are some of the ways people use garlic to treat respiratory infections.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question,”What is the difference between garlic salt and garlic powder?”, and discussed what garlic salt and garlic powder is. We also discussed if garlic salt and garlic powder can be substituted for one another, use of garlic salt and garlic powder in foods,  how garlic salt and garlic powder is made at home, and the health benefits of garlic.

References

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/garlic-salt-vs-garlic-powder#3-ways-to-use-garlic-powder-and-garlic-salt
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265853

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.