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Any Such Thing As Gourmet Garlic Powder?

The last year has found me using this quiet secret of good cooks more and more. But I am stupidly unaware of what would distinguish good from bad, having only bought jumbo tubs of whatever brand is on a grocer's or resto supply shelf and sticking with it 'till gone.

Is there a "better" or "best"?

Aloha,
Kaleo

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Wow! Thank you Ipsedixit! Linden Garlic Farm looks like the real deal.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Thanks, Ipse:

        You tried this yourself? They're sold out until August, but I put myself on the order list. Odd that 2, 1.5 oz jars are cheaper than 1, 3-oz, but what the hey?

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

        1. re: kaleokahu

          I've given it as a gift in the past, and have heard nothing but positive reviews.

          Hope you like it.

      2. Most of the major brands use the best garlic they can find to make their products. Years ago (50 years ago to be precise) when I worked for a company that made dried onion and garlic products (garlic was trucked in from Gilroy, Ca.) I witnessed how they graded the various products as they were processed. The lower grades and floor sweepings were packaged for animal food, the better grades were used in prepared foods manufacturing, the best grades were usually purchased by the major brand cooking ingredient packagers and the premium was reserved for baby food (yep; some baby foods include onion and garlic - at least they did back then). So IMO if you rely on a major herb/spice packaging company you'll get pretty near "gourmet" as you need for that type of ingredient.

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        1. re: todao

          Hi, todao:

          Ah, Gilroy! Who can forget the famous local garlic-flavored wine? http://www.rapazziniwinery.com/world-...

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

          1. re: todao

            I remember driving through Gilroy about every 3 months going from San Jose to Fresno to visit relatives in the 80's and 90's. Every time we drove near the Christopher Garlic facility it made you hungry because of the smell of garlic in the air (being dried at the factory). Then we would have to stop in nearby Casa de Fruta for lunch. ;-)

            1. re: todao

              Just what I was going to say, McCormicks or Tones are fine, just don't buy no name or bulk stuff at the ethnic store for something like this. Just watch out if it's dark colored, if it is check the date.

            2. Have not tried it yet, but about to...I"m told Penzey's Graulated Garlic is superb

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              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                I'm a fan of the Penzey's. We use it primarily for dry rubs.

                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                  We've also had good luck with Penzey's powdered garlic and dried minced garlics.

                    1. These guys are currently making garlic powder and granules with their early 2012 crop so they have them available now: http://www.strawhatfarms.com/food-gar... (scroll to bottom of page)

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                      1. re: yellowstone

                        Wow, I'm impressed with their varieties. Thanks!

                      2. Just received an email about this garlic farm yesterday so I can't attest to how good it is but their garlic powders and pesto's seem interesting without additives
                        http://www.salentofarm.net/Pages/defa...