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Fresh garlic cloves are peeled and minced, before they are placed in slow drying ovens. The dried pieces of minced garlic are sold as garlic flakes, which are ground to make granules and fine powder.
These products are called granulated garlic and garlic powder respectively. When the dried, ground garlic is mixed with salt, you get garlic salt. All these forms of garlic are available in the market. You may
also prepare them at home, if you have a dehydrator or oven.
Is granulated garlic the same as garlic powder? No, both are different in texture. While granulated garlic is coarse, garlic powder is fine. When it comes to granulated garlic vs minced garlic,
the latter is minced fresh garlic,
which is dehydrated and ground to form granules. Garlic granules can be stored for several months in a cool, dark place. The advantage is that it will not turn rancid. It can be expensive than garlic powder and may not be as easily available as the other garlic products.
You may get garlic granules in roasted and regular versions. Regular granulated garlic is used in a wide range of dishes, roasted version gives a mellow, nutty flavor.
It has a sharp garlicky taste as compared to the roasted form,
and it takes around 20 min for the regular version to release the flavor. In some recipes, you can replace fresh garlic with granulated garlic. Instead of an average-sized garlic clove, use ⅓ teaspoon of garlic granules. Replace fresh garlic with soaked granules.