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Dec 27, 2012 01:07 PM

The End of HBI Garlic Powder?

I learned about high bulk index garlic powder (HBI) from Alton Brown a few years back when he used it on Good Eats. I first started buying it from The Spice House ( Suddenly, it was a became unavailable from them. Searching the Internet, I discovered I could get it from The Savory Spice Shop ( About a month ago, as my supply started to run low, I went to order some more from them, only to find it gone from their website. So I called their store and was told that they can no longer get HBI garlic powder.

I've since searched the Internet again only to come up empty this time. Does anyone know of another source of HBI garlic powder? Or am I destined using pedestrian granulated garlic the powder from now on?

Note: Garlic Snobs who are poised to tell me that it will be condemned to eternal damnation for using garlic powder in the first place are invited to keep their comments to themselves.

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    1. I walked into Savory Spice Shop today with a list. I can always count on them for their quality and reliability. My heart stopped for a second when the helpful supplier said something like "I have everything EXCEPT..."

      So...WTF?!? Why is this great product suddenly not available? Is it banned or now considered a controlled substance by the DEA or something??? OR is it just called something different now? I don't know.

      I also found out about HBI from Alton Brown's show and have used it exclusively ever since I have been able to get it from the Savory Spice Shop (even to the point that I need to "tone it down" for recipes that ask for garlic powder).

      I haven't found any elsewhere, but I will let you know if I do. Please let me know if you have found some since this post.

      Thanks and good luck!

      ~Jay Michael