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Old 09-28-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: SC
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Default Tips for loosening garlic powder that has turned rock hard.

I have a plastic container of garlic powder where I could easily remove the "powder" from its container but the other is in one of those 4 oz glass spice jars. It seems cemented to the bottom half of the glass jar/bottle/

Does anyone have any suggestions for ways to turn it back into a powder from a rock form that it has become? I try scraping off what I need but now that has become almost impossible.

Can I bake it in the oven or put the glass bottle in a pan of water and try to steam it in the oven? I hate to throw it out.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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Bash the container against the countertop.

If it's glass, you might want to wrap the jar in a towel.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:08 PM
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I have no clue what you could do now..
But it seems the containers are not air tight and humidity has taken hold and stored it too hot a place.
Also, maybe you are keeping too much on hand for the amount you use.
Buy more often in smaller quantities. Badia brand in the hispanic section of the supermarket has cellophane packets of smaller quantities for usually under $1.00.
If you are storing in containers with shaker type holes on top, place a small amount-a pinch-of aborio rice in the container. The rice kernels are large and shouldn't go thru the shaker.

Don't try baking, you'll just burn the garlic & it will become bitter.
Boiling, like a baby food jar, doesn't sound plausible either.
Just bite the bullet, soak it out with warm water, clean & dry container, and use it for decoration.
Not being airtight will hurt any spice or dried herb you'll use it for in the future.

Sorry. Good luck.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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Old-fashioned ice pick and a hammer. Just tap lightly (and carefully!) and it'll turn into chunks.
Throw the chunks into a good bottle of oil ... and you'll have garlic-flavored oil
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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That's what I call turning lemons into lemonade
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Gandalara View Post
Old-fashioned ice pick and a hammer. Just tap lightly (and carefully!) and it'll turn into chunks.
Throw the chunks into a good bottle of oil ... and you'll have garlic-flavored oil
I wouldn't do this either.
If the garlic is a mess, it means it's NOT GOOD.
If heat & humidity have entered it could have mold spores at most or just be plain old stale.
I wouldn't waste the good bottle of oil or take the risk.
If you must use powder instead of fresh for oil, at least use fresh powder.

But, of course, that's just me.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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Hmm. O.K. Thanks everyone. That is about what I figured. I should have put the rice in right after I opened the containers. I think I will try to clean out the glass container and reuse it to put fresh garlic powder I get in the bulk spice section in. Next time I'll add rice right away. Maybe just for fun I'll empty out the brick of garlic powder in the plastic tray into a baking dish and bake it . Maybe by drying it out it will soften and if there are any mold spores they'll be killed. I'll probably end up throwing it out afterwards.

Too bad there is no tip dating back to colonial days one of you knows that would enable me to rejuvinate this garlic powder so I wouldn't have to throw away $5 worth of herb/spice.
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