0% chance of vampires

I hate growing garlic.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of garlic. But I find fresh garlic to be extremely tedious, so I always just use garlic powder and jarred minced garlic.

Of course, I had an entire bed of nothing but garlic this year. Garlic that I didn’t plant. But it was hardneck garlic, at least, so I got to experience the joy of garlic scapes for the first time just a few weeks ago.

I harvested the bulbs on Wednesday. SO. MANY. BULBS.

After setting them out to cure — I dragged a rickety old bench (left behind by the previous homeowners) onto the screened-in porch to serve this purpose

That’s not even all of the bulbs. I set some aside to make garlic powder, which is what I’m in the process of doing this very moment.

So tedious, and now I smell like garlic

These cloves got a quick mince in the food chopper, then they were spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. At the moment, they are drying in the oven at 170 degrees F. They should be finishing up soon.

Once I’m satisfied that the garlic is dry, I will let it cool and then grind it into powder using my coffee grinder. I might regret that. I’m just hoping there won’t be a lingering garlic smell.

Anyway, wish me luck!

Published by Karyn E. Johnson

I'm a writer and editor who also dabbles in photography. Also a marketing professional, avid reader, cook, wine lover, coffee addict, dog mommy, wife, native Ohioan, and diehard Buckeyes fan. Not necessarily in that order.

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