Friday, November 18, 2016

Things You May Not Know About Granulated Garlic

There is always a question of what exactly granulated garlic is, especially in a novice kitchen. It is dehydrated garlic that is prepared from using fresh garlic that has gone through the cleaning, slicing and dehydrating phases and then milled to a desired size.

Most recipes will call for granulated garlic because it is easy to work with. There is no preparation involved and you can easily manipulate its “garlicky” flavor by how long you let it cook. It generally takes about 20 minutes to reach its release of full flavor but it is fine enough to maintain a strong flavor if cooked a shorter amount of time. 

Can Garlic Powder Be Substituted? 

The primary difference between granulated garlic and granulated garlic powder is the texture. The powder will have a flour-like consistency instead of the coarse texture of the granulated type. Most manufacturers will sell a pure version of powder, however, some times you may find that additives have been added to prevent caking or improve the flow.

In most cases, the powder form can be a great substitute. You will not want to sauté with powder though because it tends to burn extremely easy. Garlic powder can be better than fresh garlic in certain situations too such as a dry barbecue rub or something that you need to spread garlic on evenly.

What Is Garlic Salt? 

Garlic salt should never be mistaken for granulated garlic, minced garlic or garlic powder. It is actually a flavored salt that is made from table salt, dried ground garlic and an anti-caking agent which is usually calcium silicate. Garlic salt is used as a food seasoning on foods such as burgers or chile. 

What Exactly Is Garlic?

Garlic is in the same family as an onion, it is a very hardy, bulbous perennial plant. Its spicy and pungent flavor mellows tremendously and sweetens when it is cooked. It is virtually odorless until it is cut, then an enzymatic reaction takes place and produces that distinct garlic aroma. 

Granulated garlic finds its place in kitchens around the world. It is often paired with tomato, onion or ginger in a large variety of dishes with a few favorites being pasta dishes, garlic bread, bruschetta, canapĂ©, soups and stir-fry. 

Many oils are also often flavored with garlic to be used on vegetables, meats, pasta, salads and bread. It is a wonderful ingredient that can be added to many recipes that don't call for it or used as a substitution for salt for a more healthy approach to a dish. 

Health Benefits 

In movies, garlic has been keeping vampires away for years but that is not the only thing this healing food can fend off. Adding granulated garlic to your diet can actually make you a whole lot healthier and prevent a few serious diseases. 

One of the most popular healing properties garlic is known for is with colds. It contains an extract that improves your immune system and gives your body a natural defensive boost to fight off the sniffles. It also not only has antiviral properties but anti-fungal ones as well so it can combat infections.

A healthy system is a key element in fighting off cancer. Garlic is able to help reduce cancerous cell formation and can virtually block cancer related compounds from forming. Research has proven that garlic can slow the growing rate of a tumor and in some cases, even reduce the size. 

Additionally, adding granulated garlic to your diet can help to prevent and treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the chance of plaque forming on your arteries. It is also proven to protect the aorta, which can be damaged by age, smoking and a poor diet. Garlic is a key ingredient to good health.