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I love using garlic powder but I also see recipes call for garlic salt. I thought that you could just add garlic powder instead of garlic salt (which of course is sold separately!) and then just add some actual salt if necessary. What is the difference in doing this as opposed to using store-bought garlic salt?

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Taste-wise there will be little to not difference in the result. Just be careful to use the proper ratio of garlic to salt (generally 3-to-1 salt to garlic powder).

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hey, thanks for that ratio :) –  Kryptic Jul 11 '10 at 2:42
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According to both Wikipedia & McCormick your ratio is is backwards. It's 3:1 Salt to Garlic. It's garlic salt, not salted garlic. –  hobodave Jul 22 '10 at 6:05
    
@hobodave - you are quite right. That's what I get for typing too quickly. –  Gabriel Hurley Jul 23 '10 at 2:12
    
I use sea salt with garlic powder instead –  Ben Sewards May 31 '13 at 12:19

The quality , type and freshness of the garlic powder will dictate how much to use. Hardneck garlic powder is so flavorful, that you would mix it 5 parts salt to one part garlic powder. Softneck garlic powder is mixed 3 to 1. Store bought garlic powder is from the softneck variety and usually shipped in large vats from China. The older the powder is, the weaker the flavor. For best results, buy dehydrated hardneck garlic and grind (I use an inexpensive coffee grinder) in small batches prior to using.

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My family watches our salt intake so we usually use garlic powder in place of garlic salt and just add a tiny bit of salt to recipes. It works perfectly for us.

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Plus garlic salt is a remarkably Expensive way to purchase table salt. –  Wayfaring Stranger May 28 '13 at 21:05

Garlic salt is 3 parts salt and 1 part garlic, plus an anti-caking agent. That means that 1 tsp of garlic salt contains 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, or a 4 to 1 substitution ratio.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic_salt

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That equates to 3 to 1. –  hobodave Jul 22 '10 at 6:05
    
1 part + 3 parts = 4 parts. 1 part out of 4 parts = 1/4. –  Tim Gilbert Jul 22 '10 at 6:08
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Right. And that's 3 to 1. Not 4 to 1 as your answer says. –  hobodave Jul 22 '10 at 6:50
    
You are confusing substitution ratio and part ratio. There is 1/4 tsp garlic powder in 1 tsp garlic salt. So to substitute garlic powder in a recipe that calls for 1 tsp, we must add 4 tsp of garlic salt to get the required amount of garlic powder (and deal with the 3 teaspoons of added salt). –  Tim Gilbert Jul 22 '10 at 6:59
    
Vice versa, to substitute 1 tsp garlic salt, we would use 1/4 tsp garlic powder (and add 3/4 tsp regular salt). –  Tim Gilbert Jul 22 '10 at 7:00

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