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Pampered Chef: Whole is better!

  1. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

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    When buying spices, buy whole! Nutmeg, alspice, fennel seed, mustard seed, cardimum,cloves even dried red peppers, anything that can be found as a whole spice is always better. They taste and smell so much better than preground. They will last almost forever too! I have a bottle of whole nutmeg that is, no lie, about 10 years old and still smells and tastes grate! OOPS that's great! We have the perfect tool to get the best flavor - the Deluxe Cheese Grater! Simply use the small holed barrel and run them through. It will work for black, pink, white and green pepper corns too but why not use the Salt and Pepper Mill for that. And for an extra umf! Any of the seed type spices, heat them in the saute pan, very low heat until they just "pop". This will release even more of their flavor in the form of their natural oils.
     
    Mar 19, 2005
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  2. Shawnna

    Shawnna Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the info. Another great use for the deluxe cheese grater.

    Shawnna
     
    Mar 20, 2005
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  3. MSmith

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    Garlic?

    I have always used fresh garlic, so at my show this weekend two of the women stated that they haven't ever used it before...one of them even said that she uses garlic powder.

    I was a bit at a loss as far as a good comeback would be....can anyone give me a few phrases/reasons why fresh garlic is better?

    thanks in advance,
    maria
     
    May 23, 2005
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  4. DebPC

    DebPC Legacy Member Staff Member

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    In one word the flavor! I used the powder for years. Real garlic tastes so good in dishes and it's good for you too.
     
    May 23, 2005
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  5. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

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    Why Fresh Garlic

    Several months ago, PC had a special: spend $50, get free garlic press. Because my sales on garlic presses weren't all that impressive, I wanted to stress the benefits and the importance of fresh garlic to hopefully encourage guests to want the freebie that they might not have otherwise been impressed by. I talked alot about fresh garlic by repeating what my Director shared with me (see below). I also passed out the attached flyer. It has additional information about fresh garlic and kind of a fun poem too.

    At my shows, I ask "how many of you buy the garlic powder or jars of garlic?" (usually a good number of people raise their hands). I tell them, "I must admit, I used to also until I learned a few facts. First, do you know where the flavor of garlic comes from?...from the oils and meat of the garlic. Now think about it...how much added flour water do you think they have to add to fill up that bottle? That's why you have to use so much more than you do when you use fresh garlic. Also, a bulb/pod of garlic costs around .16 to .20 cents a piece at the grocery store, therefore much cheaper than the jars of garlic that you purchase."

    I also talk about how there's no salt added and much healthier for you. Then I discuss how we don't want our hands to smell garlic'y and how the press keeps us from getting it on our fingers, and so forth.
     

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  6. pelamm

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    I found an interesting article online called "Grow Plants from the Grocery". Basically, you can keep your supply of garlic (and other things like ginger) going from your initial purchase. You can't do THAT with powder!!! Here is the link:

    http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/gardeningfrugally/a/031604.htm

    Garlic is on page 1, ginger on page 2. I just bought some pots the other day, and when I get a chance am going to get some garlic and ginger to try.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Paula in TN
     
    May 23, 2005
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  7. MSmith

    MSmith Member

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    Thanks everyone for your help in response to my garlic question! Now I'm ready :D

    maria
     
    May 24, 2005
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  8. ChefNic

    ChefNic Veteran Member

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    Also, my director told us that that garlic in a jar with oil will turn to formaldihyde after the expiration date! :eek:
     
    Aug 22, 2005
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  9. luvs2sellit

    luvs2sellit Advanced Member

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    I have always used fresh garlic that I have pressed or chopped ( pre garlic press days). I attribute my families fantastic health to this great little gem. We are rarely sick. Garlic is also great to feed to pets as a natural pest repellent for them. Just my little tidbit.
     
    Aug 23, 2005
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  10. WendyAebi

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    (I'm bumping an old post to ask a related question)

    I heard from a former consultant that the jarred garlic is really dangerous...a very common source of botulism because it gets cross-contaminated and when the oil in the jar spoils/turns rancid, it becomes formaldehyde. She also said that it has a very short shelf life...something ridiculously short, like 10 days. (I've looked on jars and can't find that info. Is it an urban legend?) I've googled this every way that I can think of and all that it's turned up is one snippet on somebody's blog that she heard it at a PC kitchen show. I have to admit that after hearing it, I quit using jarred garlic on the spot, but I don't want to pass it on if it's not true. Can anybody verify this? Or is it a myth?
     
    Nov 26, 2005
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