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#1 Sat 04 Dec 10 12:13pm

Girl next door

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What to use instead of garlic?

I am garlic intolerance, I'm not able to eat a little bit of it. . .
But there are so many recipes made with garlic, and I want to know if there is something I can use instead of it? Is there a herb or something that taste near to garlic?
Someone told me I could use ramson, is it true?

Thanks in advance!

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#2 Sat 04 Dec 10 12:19pm

oliviascotland

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

I don't know about the ramson, but you might try asafetida.  It's supposed to taste a bit garlicky and oniony in cooking - but I'm afraid that's just hearsay on my part as I've never tried it!

Doing a google search, ramsons seem to also be reasonable option, but again, I haven't tried it ...

Good luck in finding something!

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#3 Sat 04 Dec 10 1:17pm

mummza

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Welcome to the forum Girl next door  smile

I don't find that asafetida has a garlicky taste at all...its very pungent and you only need a tiny bit of it when cooking with it.
Don't think I would use it .
I use it in Indian cooking and even then , not very often.

To be honest, if you don't like it just leave it out, I think in most recipes it just add a little more flavour but is not essential.

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#4 Sat 04 Dec 10 3:23pm

Anna

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Ramsons (Bärlauch) are also called wild garlic, and they do have a garlicky taste.  It tastes milder and greener than garlic; like spring onions compared to 'normal' onions.  Problem is they're very seasonal, so you'll only be able to get them in spring. 

Definitely recommend trying asafoetida (heisst auf Deutsch glaubs Teufelsdreck puke).  When using asafoetida, add it to the hot oil or butter at the beginning of the cooking.  Don't add it halfway through like you would with some other spices.  It releases the garlic flavours best in the hot fat.  You only need a TINY amount, otherwise it will ruin the dish.  It's a seriously strong herb!  You can usually buy it in Asian/Indian shops or health food stores (it's used in Ayurvedic cooking).

Übrigens:  "Asant ist besonders beliebt bei indischen Brahmanen, denen der Genuss von Zwiebeln und Knoblauch auch aufgrund ihrer angeblichen aphrodisierenden Wirkung verboten ist." (Wiki)   whistle lol

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#5 Sat 04 Dec 10 4:45pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

You might try garlic chives.

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#6 Sat 04 Dec 10 4:50pm

nanstertoo

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Or maybe shallots.  I love the flavor, and they're not as pungent as garlic.

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#7 Sat 04 Dec 10 7:33pm

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

asafoetida  might also be called hing  if you are looking for it in an East Indian market. It usually comes powdered.  It has a very distinct flavour but I personally don't think it is much like garlic flavour.


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#8 Sun 05 Dec 10 8:18am

Birdymum

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Yep when I tried asafoetida it tasted like old socks smell puke , well kind of, prefer garlic chives or leaving the garlic out all together if necessary and substituting another flavour depending on the dish being cooked e.g. putting red wine into spagetti sauce if garlic is unavailable or sometimes even when it is. whistle

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#9 Sun 05 Dec 10 10:50am

Girl next door

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Thank you for all your answers!
I think i am trying ramson when ist has season, and garlic chives sounds good!
But i don't know where to get asafoetida. . . we don't have an east india or chinese market. And it sounds a bit 'dagerous' in taste wink
I think i have to try some options, and you gave me a lot of inspiration.
But if garlic isn't so essantial for the flavour i will leave it out.

Thank you!

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#10 Sun 05 Dec 10 11:37am

mummza

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Re: What to use instead of garlic?

Asafetida , (often known as Hing  as Ashen has pointed out ) is fine in the right sort of cuisine, but I would definatly not use it as a general thing like you would use garlic in a recipe.
With Asafetida , you only need the tiniest of quantities to change the taste of the recipe. It smells terrible , but can be good if used in the right way.
Its mostly used in Indian cooking.

I would not consider it as a substitute for garlic in any way.

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