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Old 08-02-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I use both because they each have a different flavor profile - the same with onion powder and fresh onions.
I agree. And I think the powder works better when applied directly to meat (chicken, steaks, etc.).
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I would rather buy a fresh one, but you could try some of those little silica packets that come in pills and some foods. Stick a few into the jar for a few days and see if they absorb the moisture.
I've seen restaurants put rice in salt shakers to absorb moisture.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:30 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you live anywhere near a Trader Joes', their spices are VERY reasonably priced. I just replaced all my spices this week with new ones from TJ's...the others were way past time to move on and most well used.
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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Some people put rice in the bottle to help prevent caking.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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Throw out the now-solidified stuff and start fresh. Yes, it was $5, but it's not worth the headache to chip it apart, and the flavor starts to be "off" once moisture has seeped in, increasingly so over time. The rice recommendation is a really good one. No one seems to have mentioned keeping it in the fridge, which also works like a charm for humidity-affected spices. That's where my garlic powder (yes, totally notorious for turning into a giant clump in no time) lives in my high-humidity home.
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Old 01-03-2016, 01:39 PM
 
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Chipaway at the rockhard garlic powder. Put it in a Ziploc bag and take all the air out of the bag. Zip the bag shut. Roll over it with the rolling pin.
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Chipaway at the rockhard garlic powder. Put it in a Ziploc bag and take all the air out of the bag. Zip the bag shut. Roll over it with the rolling pin.
...then toss it in the garbage.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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I have to agree with the others who say throw it out - I mean really - when you consider the time and effort you're going to spend (and it's intrinsic value), and the cost of any food it might ruin (which could be expensive depending on what you use it on), just forget the $2.50's worth that's probably left in the jar and get a fresh jar, considering this a lesson learned.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Kanada (*v*)
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Any spices lose their potency and flavor over time.I would throw it and only buy a small package and seal it well.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Chipaway at the rockhard garlic powder. Put it in a Ziploc bag and take all the air out of the bag. Zip the bag shut. Roll over it with the rolling pin.
I can't believe somebody actually registered just to post THIS.
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