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Any way to save this hummus from too much garlic?

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BeckyAndTheBeanstock Dec 30, 2008 04:18 PM

I just made up a batch of hummus -- a big batch -- and it has wonderful flavor, except that there's too much raw garlic in it. I only used a couple of cloves but it's biting and astringent. The hummus is all mixed though -- is there any way to fix this?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: BeckyAndTheBeanstock Dec 30, 2008 04:47 PM

    unfortunately the only way to accomplish that is to dilute the flavor by increasing the proportions of other ingredients. basically you need to make another batch without garlic, and combine the two.

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      BeckyAndTheBeanstock RE: goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2008 04:53 PM

      That's what I was afraid of.... sigh. Thanks!

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: BeckyAndTheBeanstock Dec 30, 2008 05:51 PM

        sorry - i really didn't want to have to tell you that. i hate to be the bearer of bad news! hope it works out...

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        maplesugar RE: goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2008 07:53 PM

        Sorry - I'm with goodhealthgoumet, the only way I think the garlic flavor will get diluted is by doubling the batch (without adding garlic this time). Bad news surely but the bonus is lots of delicious hummus :)

      3. TheSnowpea RE: BeckyAndTheBeanstock Dec 30, 2008 07:47 PM

        Well how about COOKING it to soften the garlic? Microwave or oven-roast? You could try microwaving a small portion to see if that helps.

        1. Caroline1 RE: BeckyAndTheBeanstock Dec 31, 2008 04:27 AM

          All of the above suggestions are good, but just simple aging overnight often reduces the bite of fresh garlic. I suspect that nuking it might cause the oils to separate, but slow heat in a frying pan might be more successful, but I'm not sure it would make it less garlicky.

          If you're out of the original ingredients and don't want to make a run to the store but you do happen to have a can of white or navy beans on hand (unseasoned, or even kidney beans as long as they aren't "refried") you can turn those into a paste in your food processor or blender and combine that with your original hummus until you have the garlic balance you're after. If you do have more tahini, it will help to add some of that too. And if the beans require "thinning' while processing, use a bit of olive oil.

          Good luck!

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