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Old 12-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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In the effort of saving a dime, I want to make my own spice blends. In making garlic salt, I looked at a few different websites. 1 site says the ratio is 4:1, the next says 3:1, etc., etc. Any advice? Thanks to all
Because you must pay yourself in this equation ,making your own garlic salt makes no sense whatsoever. Even without paying you it makes little sense.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:59 PM   #12
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More research on Chinese garlic...The FDA has reports on the amounts rejected at the port of entry because of various reasons: insect matter, mold, etc. If you break open a head of garlic (the white stuff from China) and it is brown in the middle, the chances are that the garlic has been irradiated. I like roots still on my heads of garlic and if it sprouts or has green in the middle of the clove, that tells me it wasn't irradiated. I know the garlic grown in China is less expensive, but really, do we need to buy garlic from that far away???? And, the dehydrated, powdered garlic from China--well that is known to contain lead, arsenic, and other chemicals.
I am having a senior moment, but there is a town in California that is the garlic capital of this country. Gilroy. I knew it would come to me. Surely they can keep up with the demand of this country. I always buy loose heads. I want to be able to examine what I am buying. I have even bought sprouted garlic heads. The chefs of TV tell you that the green sprouts are bitter. That you should never use or buy garlic that has the green sprouts. I have never found that to be true. I am slowly learning that most of them don't know what they are talking about. They are just repeating what they heard from someone else.

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Because you must pay yourself in this equation ,making your own garlic salt makes no sense whatsoever. Even without paying you it makes little sense.
The salt is the first in the equation. Do you really want four tablespoons of salt to one of garlic powder?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #14
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Whenever you combine ingredients in a fixed proportion you are limiting your options. It's too easy to season with garlic then adjust the saltiness.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:29 PM   #15
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Whenever you combine ingredients in a fixed proportion you are limiting your options. It's too easy to season with garlic then adjust the saltiness.
+1 So true Andy. It takes away the fun of experimenting with different seasonings.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:36 PM   #16
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Because you must pay yourself in this equation ,making your own garlic salt makes no sense whatsoever. Even without paying you it makes little sense.
Considering it takes about a minute to grind the dehydrated garlic in my spice mill and about 2 minutes to set up the dehydrator with the peeled garlic in it, the labour costs are difficult to calculate. The same argument could be made for making homemade fudge vs. buying fudge or bread from scratch vs. buying bread. I believe the OP was looking at saving $ by blending spices/herbs at home. I have all the spices and herbs needed to make a variety of blends. It doesn't take a lot of time to whip up a batch of taco seasoning or curry powder. It makes sense to me from the "control of what is in the blend" perspective. I make all kinds of other things from scratch, why not blend my own spices? I can control the intensity of the "hot" factor, salt content (or leave it out), quality of ingredients...there are a whole lot of pluses if one blends one's own spices--I have everything that goes in to the blend, why should I buy it ready-mixed?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:50 PM   #17
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Considering it takes about a minute to grind the dehydrated garlic in my spice mill and about 2 minutes to set up the dehydrator with the peeled garlic in it, the labour costs are difficult to calculate. The same argument could be made for making homemade fudge vs. buying fudge or bread from scratch vs. buying bread. I believe the OP was looking at saving $ by blending spices/herbs at home. I have all the spices and herbs needed to make a variety of blends. It doesn't take a lot of time to whip up a batch of taco seasoning or curry powder. It makes sense to me from the "control of what is in the blend" perspective. I make all kinds of other things from scratch, why not blend my own spices? I can control the intensity of the "hot" factor, salt content (or leave it out), quality of ingredients...there are a whole lot of pluses if one blends one's own spices--I have everything that goes in to the blend, why should I buy it ready-mixed?
I agree- I really like McCormick's garlic salt and pepper grinder, and I've thought about making my own not only to save a little, but because I would probably raise the ratio of garlic a little. But I would have to buy a grinder. Right now I have a grinder that if you twist it one way it's sea salt, and twist the other way for pepper
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #18
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I agree- I really like McCormick's garlic salt and pepper grinder, and I've thought about making my own not only to save a little, but because I would probably raise the ratio of garlic a little. But I would have to buy a grinder. Right now I have a grinder that if you twist it one way it's sea salt, and twist the other way for pepper
I picked up a couple of extra electric coffee mills at the thrift store. I use one for savory, one for sweet, and one for things that stain (turmeric) (since I no longer drink coffee I ended up with three mills). To clean, I toss a couple of T of rice in after I've ground the spices, grind the rice, and then I wipe with a damp cloth. They were about $2 each and I've had them for about 4-5 years and they are still going strong.
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I picked up a couple of extra electric coffee mills at the thrift store. I use one for savory, one for sweet, and one for things that stain (turmeric) (since I no longer drink coffee I ended up with three mills). To clean, I toss a couple of T of rice in after I've ground the spices, grind the rice, and then I wipe with a damp cloth. They were about $2 each and I've had them for about 4-5 years and they are still going strong.
I had 2, burned out one, will have to start cruising the thrift stores. CWS, great tip!
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I always buy certified organic garlic. It's usually from California. I won't buy garlic from China. Though the article was interesting, I dislike the implication that small, family farms can't produce safe food.

And as to irradiated food, I don't believe it's harmful. I still don't want it. I don't trust producers, packagers, manufacturers. If they irradiate food, which will kill all the micro-organisms, they will get sloppier with our food. I don't care if the rodent droppings are microbe free; I don't want to eat poop.
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