Combine a Garlic Slicer with your Food Dehydrator
Using a garlic slicer with your dehydrator, you can have the most perfect dried garlic chips for seasoning and preservation. Drying is the cheapest and easiest way to save your garlic. It's also the safest and least harmful. You'll retain the potency of the allicin in garlic, which is the key to its health benefits. Make sure you're only drying, not cooking.
Drying for good health and saving money
- Slice garlic into 1/8" to 1/4" slices.
- Place them on your dehydrator trays without overlapping.
- Dry at 130 degrees F.
- It can take anywhere from 6 hours to 24, depending on the thickness, dehydrator, and environment. The chips should be hard and crisp, and shouldn't turn brown.
Once they're dry, you can store them in glass jars. They'll be okay for years, though it's likely you'll use them up soon because it's so convenient to have dried garlic in the pantry.
Keep the chips whole until you're ready to use them. You can grind them up and have garlic powder for your recipes. Or, put the whole slices in the pot of soup, and they'll rehydrate on their own.
Specialty Kitchen Items
While you can use a knife or mandoline, there are actually some other interesting tools for slicing the little onions. Using one of these specialized gadgets, you can usually get the slices thinner than you can using a knife. These are uni-taskers though, something Alton Brown would frown on. Results seem to vary, although I've used and liked the Tovolo, which many Amazon customers disliked. (I use an OXO mandoline for almost everything, from apples to tomatoes to garlic.)
- Trudeau 2 in 1
- List Price: $20
- Rated 4 stars out of 5
- Garlic Press on one side, Slicer on the other
- Zinc die-cast construction
- Dishwasher Safe
- Tovolo Rotary
- List Price: $13
- Rated 2.5 stars out of 5
- Stainless steel blade
- Removeable handle for easy cleanup
- Dishwasher Safe
Other uses for these small kitchen tools include slicing truffles, cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, shallots, and other mini-sized vegetables and fruits.