The main difference between granulated garlic powder and granulated garlic is the texture and potency.
Granulated garlic is more coarse than garlic powder so it looks very similar to salt, it also has a less potent flavor.
Garlic powder is extremely fine so it looks exactly like chilli powder, just with a different color, since it’s ground to a much finer texture it’s a lot more potent. However not as potent as fresh garlic for cooking.
Granulated garlic and garlic powder need to be stored in a sealed jar, where as fresh garlic needs to be stored in the best garlic keeper for freshness.
Which is better granulated garlic or garlic powder?
Granulated garlic and garlic powder are great when used as a herb in recipes (even though they are vegetables) and if your asking which one is better to use, then you need to understand what each one is used for because “Better” isn’t really the right phrase to use.
Garlic powder is mainly used for seasonings, this is because raw garlic is quite powerful and sticky, so not only is it hard to rub onto as a seasoning, but raw garlic will overpower the flavor of the meat. This is why garlic powder is used instead, it’s subtle enough to add flavor but not overpower the flavor of the meat it’s been used on.
Granulated garlic is used for liquid type recipes, such as sauces, salads and dressings. This is because the grains are coarse and dry, and the sauce rehydrates them adding a good amount of flavor. But not adding too much flavour like raw garlic would.
Can you substitute garlic powder for granulated garlic?
You can use garlic powder as a substitute for granulated garlic with some recipes, however it does depend on the recipe, and if the recipe calls for one or the other, then you won’t get the exact same taste.
For example, a salad normally used granulated garlic, simply because raw garlic is too strong, and garlic powder is well… too powdery and dry. It’s almost like throwing sawdust into your salad.
But when it comes to sauces, you can use garlic powder instead of granulated garlic because garlic powder will soak straight into the sauce and won’t affect the texture of the recipe.
Can I substitute garlic granules for garlic powder?
Again, the answer remains the same, it depends on the recipe.
Since garlic powder is used for rubbing into meats as a seasoning, granulated garlic won’t provide the same effect in terms of flavor or texture.
But if you don’t have any garlic powder, then it’s better than nothing, just remember that when using granulated garlic as a seasoning, you’ll need to increase the amount of granulated garlic to try and match the strength of garlic powder flavor
Is granulated garlic the same as garlic salt?
No granulated garlic is not the same as garlic salt. Granulated garlic is simply dried garlic blended into small pieces.
Garlic salt is a mixture of salt and garlic powder, where salt is dominant in the mixture. It’s typically 3 parts salt to 1 part garlic powder. So 1 teaspoon of garlic salt contains 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.
Garlic salt is typically used as a substitute to real salt. The reason being is salt is high in sodium, so switching to garlic salt reduces your sodium intake but also adds flavor to your cooking at the same time.
The only time you should use garlic salt as a substitute to granulated garlic is when you have a health condition where you need to reduce your salt intake, or the food recipe your using specifically states garlic salt.