Updated: May 4, 2020
This is a short guide on making use of wild garlic with a dehydrator. I’m by no means an expert in harvesting and preparing wild flowers but I am learning. If you have any feedback to give me I’m more than happy to learn.
What is wild garlic?
If you have ever wondered through a woodland and suddenly had a distinctive smell of garlic, chances are you’re walking over them. It has many names, another popular name for the plant is Ramson, it can be found all over the UK. Wild garlic has been known for centuries as a healing plant, to list some of the benefits:
Lower blood pressure
Improve blood circulation
Boosts immune system
Can help fight coughs, colds, flus and sore throats
Used to treat skin disorders
So this was my experience…
Pick the Wild Garlic! First I made sure that the plant I was looking at was actually wild garlic (It is known that there are 2 lookalike plants that are extremely poisonous and can cause death) so please be sure before picking. I followed a book (Food for free) to firstly identify. Then I crushed some in my hand to release a strong smell of garlic.
I washed the wild garlic in my sink making sure I removed any insects and slugs clinging on for a free ride.
I place each leaf in my shiny new dehydrator (£30 from Amazon, brand Andrew James). I made sure to leave a small gap between each leaf for the air to pass through. I stacked them up 6 shelfs high. I set the dehydrator to 45C and the timer for 12 hours over night.
I removed the dried out leafs and placed them into a blender.
The leafs were all dry but some were not crispy, I didn’t think this would be a problem until I started blending them. (I was being impatiens and should have left them on the dehydrator for longer). The none crispy ones didn’t break up very well in the blender, so I spent the next hour sieving them out.
I found a cool jar to place them in and will now use them to make some Garlic Bread, Spag Bol and in a Soup over the next few days.
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