Growing garlic is a critical part of enjoying it at the table, but so too is the act of preserving it in order the enjoy it long after garlic season is over.
Creating our own dehydrated garlic started years ago when, at the end of the season, Julie and I (Chuck) would take the bulb garlic that was left and dehydrate it for ourselves. At the time, garlic was one of the many vegetables we would do; tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and beets were also included. We were growing 300 to 2000 heads of garlic, and all of it was processed by hand.
As the garden grew in size, so did the surplus garlic. In the 2016 season we decided to look at selling our garlic in a dehydrated form.
Garlic Chips and Powder
We designed a label/packaging, and with the necessary approvals, we were ready to introduce our garlic powder and chips to our community at the Lac du Bonnet Farmers’ Market. At the market we were lucky to sample our chips to our customers with a warning; it is with a bit of sadistic humour to witness garlic lovers take a bite of our chip to discover that our products have more powerful and potent flavour than store bought garlic. Our process of making the dehydrated garlic products maintains, and even intensifies, the flavour of our garlic. Following a scolding we now have water at our booth to put out the fire. We are not alone with our sense of humour. Many customers bring their unsuspecting guests to our booth saying you have to try this chip.
We have successfully sold out of our garlic powder and chips at the market each year since.
I hope you can get a chance to try it yourself: at our booth at the Lac du Bonnet Farmers’ Market, or purchase some for yourself at our online store.