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Any Such Thing As Gourmet Garlic Powder?

kaleokahu Jun 13, 2012 09:01 PM

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"?


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  1. ipsedixit RE: kaleokahu Jun 13, 2012 09:08 PM

    You mean like this? http://www.thegarlicguy.com/?page_id=219

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      Windsor RE: ipsedixit Jun 13, 2012 09:20 PM

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

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        kaleokahu RE: ipsedixit Jun 13, 2012 09:36 PM

        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?


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          ipsedixit RE: kaleokahu Jun 13, 2012 09:41 PM

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

          Hope you like it.

      2. todao RE: kaleokahu Jun 13, 2012 09:10 PM

        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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          kaleokahu RE: todao Jun 13, 2012 09:51 PM

          Hi, todao:

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


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            Antilope RE: todao Jun 15, 2012 07:56 AM

            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. ;-)

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              coll RE: todao Jun 29, 2012 06:24 AM

              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.

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              FriedClamFanatic RE: kaleokahu Jun 13, 2012 10:42 PM

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

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                coney with everything RE: FriedClamFanatic Jun 14, 2012 04:51 AM

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

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                  beachmouse RE: FriedClamFanatic Jun 14, 2012 08:23 AM

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

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                    JMF RE: FriedClamFanatic Jun 15, 2012 06:35 AM

                    I agree about Penzey's

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                      jujuthomas RE: FriedClamFanatic Jun 15, 2012 11:15 AM

                      huge fan of penzeys.

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                      yellowstone RE: kaleokahu Jun 14, 2012 05:45 AM

                      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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                        kaleokahu RE: yellowstone Jun 14, 2012 03:32 PM

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

                      2. ithimis RE: kaleokahu Jun 14, 2012 10:20 AM

                        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

                        1. Antilope RE: kaleokahu Jun 15, 2012 08:05 AM

                          Cook's Illustrated did a garlic powder taste test in the July 2012 issue.
                          Here's how they rated the brands they tested. They were all recommended with reservations except for the last one, which wasn't recommeded.

                          Spice Islands Garlic Powder
                          McCormick Garlic Powder
                          Penzeys Granulated Garlic Powder
                          Simply Organic Garlic Powder
                          Badia Garlic Powder

                          They thought the Spice Islands had a roasted, sligthly deeper garlic flavor than other brands.

                          They thought Penzey's had a mild flavor, and it compared to roasted garlic. It was described as tasting nutty, sweet, and almost cheesey and it was too mild and lacked oomph.

                          They said number one just barely edged out number two. None were as good as fresh garlic.

                          They also said that garlic powder had its place where you didn't want the moisture of fresh garlic like on a hot grill (to prevent burning). Just about any brand worked okay on the grill, mixed with other spices in a rub. You should not use it were garlic was the dominant flavor such as garlic bread and croutons.

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                            donwomack RE: Antilope Jun 20, 2012 03:30 PM

                            Being a garlic farmer myself and a producer of gourmet garlic powder, I was wondering how local garlic farmers could submit their products to Cooks Illustrated to learn how their products stack up against each other and store bought garlic powder. I really would be interested in those results!

                            Don Womack

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                              JMF RE: donwomack Jun 20, 2012 04:14 PM

                              just send them some with an info package. When I was a full time writer I got stuff sent to me several times a week.

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                                donwomack RE: JMF Jun 21, 2012 03:07 AM

                                Thanks. I will do that as soon as we start making our powder later in August.

                                I've ordered and bought a lot of garlic powder in the last couple of years just for comparison purposes. These days I don't even have to open the jar or the package to know what it's going to taste or smell like, I can tell just from looking at color that it's made from imported ingredients!

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                                  Rella RE: donwomack Jun 29, 2012 05:19 AM

                                  I've wondered why garlic powder I've bought (only 2 or 3x in my life) has always hardened, and I had to throw away. Certainly it was in there for a while, because it was only bought for use in case of an emergency.

                                  I'm wondering if many brands add an additive, such as in salt, to keep it flowing or from hardening. (Not necessarily use of the same ingredient as salt.)

                                  There is a well-known garlic (fresh) in the U.S. that gives both my husband and me severe headaches. After keeping a food diary we discovered that it was this ususpected ingredient. I can't quite imagine why, as now we grow our own garlic each year, wondering what the differences might e. (We grow different types.) Since this company is so large, I've often wondered if they provided other companies garlic for their grandules/powder.

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                                    FrankJBN RE: Rella Jun 29, 2012 12:36 PM

                                    "There is a well-known garlic (fresh) in the U.S"

                                    I didn't know that there was any known garlic let alone "well-known". I see garlic in big bins of... well, garlic.

                                    Please advise, what is the "well-known" garlic?

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                                      Rella RE: FrankJBN Jun 29, 2012 04:05 PM

                                      I'd rather not say here on this site because when I ever give an opinion about a certain product, posters come out with an opposite view point; and it becomes too tedious.

                                      The company really is of no matter, as I was illustrating the fact that there are differences in garlic, but know not why the reasons, and would really like to know what it is.

                                      But, also to respond to your 2nd paragraph, I have never seen garlic in big bins. We must be in different hemispheres.

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                                    HillJ RE: donwomack Jun 29, 2012 06:13 AM

                                    donwomack, what is the shelf life of garlic powder once opened?

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                                      donwomack RE: HillJ Jul 16, 2012 04:23 PM

                                      Sorry for the delayed post; we've been out in our fields harvesting garlic for the past two weeks. A great crop this year I'll tell you

                                      If stored properly, the garlic powder will certainly last a year, but most folks tell us that it doesn't last that long in their household because they use it on a daily basis!

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                                        HillJ RE: donwomack Jul 16, 2012 05:13 PM

                                        Thanks for the reply, donw. I need to order...

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                                          donwomack RE: HillJ Jul 17, 2012 03:43 AM

                                          No problem. We may be a week ahead of schedule before the first batch. We don't make it until the garlic has properly cured! I think this year's batch is going to be out of sight. We've been eating raw garlic for a couple of weeks now checking out all our varieties ... should make for some very interesting new blends this year.

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                              FriedClamFanatic RE: kaleokahu Jun 29, 2012 11:33 AM

                              I justgot some of Penzey's minced dehydrated garlic and it's actully quite good.a major cut above garlic powder. Reconstitues very quickly

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                                KD1111 RE: kaleokahu Jun 29, 2012 04:54 PM

                                I was impressed by the costco brand. Good aroma.

                                1. jpr54_1 RE: kaleokahu Jul 7, 2012 10:23 AM

                                  In addition to Penzys --
                                  www.savoryspiceshop.com has great onion, and garlic products as well as other herbs and spices

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