Garlic is one of the most widely used vegetables in the United States. Garlic's closest relative is the onion. In its dry or powdered form, garlic is used as a seasoning in everything from pickles and bread to soups and stews. Garlic has also been found to have great medicinal benefits as a heart-healthy food. Numerous case studies have shown that garlic may reduce the risk of some cancers, though its exact effectiveness is unclear. The manufacture of both granulated and powdered garlic is the same, except for the grinding or powdering process. Granulated garlic is coarse while garlic powder is ground extra fine.
Whole cloves of garlic are peeled, cleaned and then sent into a machine that slices and chops them into smaller sections. The sections are dried in slow ovens for three to four hours. When the garlic has cooled it is ground to the desired consistency, be it granulated or powdered. The finished products are put through sifters to separate any debris or undesirable pieces. Both are packaged in air-tight containers and stored in a cool, dry place.