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Too much garlic! Arghhh

Scoutmaster May 14, 2013 05:45 PM

I just made a batch of hummus. The large clove of garlic I added is REALLY strong and has a sharp bite. Anything I can add to tone it down? I've added some sun dried tomatoes in oil. Didn't help. Maybe it will be better tomorrow. My breath must be horrendous! Any ideas?

On a side note: The Trader Joe's garbanzo beans I used are the creamiest ever!

  1. Chinon00 May 14, 2013 05:50 PM

    More chickpeas and olive oil.

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    1. re: Chinon00
      1sweetpea May 14, 2013 05:56 PM

      It won't be better tomorrow. It will seem more pungent. I agree that more chickpeas will help. Did you use tahini? More of that will tone it down as well. To me, olive oil just carries garlic's bite further.

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      ohmyyum May 14, 2013 06:03 PM

      Make another batch, sans garlic and then blend the two.

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      1. re: ohmyyum
        Scoutmaster May 14, 2013 06:28 PM

        Yes, I used tahini. No Trader Joe's nearby. I'll need to use another brand of chick peas :(

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        jlhinwa May 14, 2013 07:25 PM

        I've had the same problem a few times in the past. Tahini does help, and I also will add lemon juice to provide some brightness, but the only real solution

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          ricepad May 14, 2013 07:29 PM

          Don't be afraid of a lot of garlic. Embrace it!

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          1. re: ricepad
            nokitchen May 14, 2013 09:35 PM

            "Too much garlic."

            I understand each of those words individually but collectively they have no meaning to me. Maybe our correspondent didn't roast the garlic first?

            1. re: nokitchen
              Heatherb May 15, 2013 01:13 PM

              Yep. I'm with you there. I don't think that three-word string has any significance in my worldview.

              But even un-roasted, I still just love garlic!

          2. C. Hamster May 15, 2013 06:09 AM

            Don't add a potato! Heh heh

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              youareabunny May 15, 2013 07:02 AM

              This sounds like a job for MOAR PARSLEY.

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                sparky403 May 15, 2013 09:35 AM

                i made Tzatziki for mom's day and I over did the garlic a bit myself (which is an oxymoron for me - I love garlic).

                Though i used 4 big cloves instead of one... I went ahead and served it anyway it got eaten and no one complained but me.

                If everyone is eating than you'll all have the same breath... no need to worry about that.

                1. Ruthie789 May 15, 2013 10:39 AM

                  I always remove the germ from my garlic, this helps to eliminate the strong taste of it.

                  1. MGZ May 15, 2013 10:42 AM

                    Add more garlic and send it to me?

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                      Isolda May 15, 2013 10:51 AM

                      When I want mellow garlic, I sprinkle salt in a mortar and use the pestle to mash the garlic in that before adding it to the food processor or blender. The salt tames the garlic's bite. Old garlic also has a strong taste that I find unpleasant, so using new garlic helps.

                      To get rid of garlic breath, or at least neutralize it, chew a few cardamom seeds or sprigs of parsley. Yes, you do have to swallow them because the garlic is in your system.

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                        ohmyyum May 16, 2013 10:37 AM

                        Re: your side note, were the TJs garbanzo beans conventional or organic? They have both. Thanks.

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