They say, less is more. And that motto certainly never goes wrong, even in the kitchen. However, at times, you make mistakes and you may end up using a lot of a certain ingredient. Case in point, when you are cooking in the kitchen and you simply ended up using a little too much garlic.
As you all know, garlic does a very good job at seasoning different dishes. That much cannot be denied. However, when garlic becomes too much, it simply makes the dish too overpowering (unless you are roasting garlic as an appetizer.
But, everybody makes mistakes and while less is more, everybody deserves to rewrite one’s mistakes and that includes you. So what exactly do I mean by this? Well, my darlings, in this article allow me to ease your worries by telling you how to fix too much garlic. Read away!
Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has existed way back in the times of famous Greek physician Hippocrates during the Antiquity. In fact, Hippocrates has once recommended that garlic be used for medicine purpose.
That, in itself, is witness to the long-standing benefits of garlic to the health. To elaborate, here are the different benefits of garlic.
If you have been trying to cut back on some weight for so long, then you may add garlic to your sample recipes. This is because garlic actually contains a relatively less amount in calories. Despite this less amount in calories, it makes up for it in its amount of nutrients.
Aside from being a good accompaniment to weight loss, garlic also contains a lot of medicinal properties which has proven to boost immune system. In fact, studies have actually shown that garlic can reduce effects and symptoms of cold by 70% within 5 days of adding garlic to your diet.
If you’re the type who comes from a bloodline that is known to suffer from heart problems such as blood pressure and cholesterol, then you may want to start adding garlic to your diet since it contains properties that improve the heart.
What You Need
First up on the ingredient list, you have onion. Onion is another concentrated dish that will help balance out your dishes.
In addition, onion is also a good complementary to garlic. It is also great for seasoning.
Aromatic herbs are precisely just what their names claim to be they are. As herbs, they come straight from plans are very healthy.
As aromatic elements, they really add a certain spice to your dishes. Be sure to use it in moderation to keep your dish from being bitter.
Acidic ingredients are basically the four elements that have a certain tartness to its natural flavor.
Examples of these ingredients are vinegar, lemon or lime juice which will certainly balance out of the flavor of your dish.
Creamy ingredients like dairy products or even those that are not such as coconut milk are good at balancing out the flavor of your dish.
Honey and sugar are an example of sweeteners that are good for counter-attacking the overpowering elements of garlic.
Just make sure that you use it in moderation and that you add it gradually to avoid your dish from becoming overly sweet.
How to Fix Too Much Garlic: Step-by-Step Guide
There are certainly numerous ways in which one can fix too much garlic. Here are the different means and methods you can apply to do so.
1. Adding Onion, a Concentrated Flavor, to the Dish
For this particular method and mean, what you will be playing with is the balance of flavors. You see, the first and foremost problem with too much garlic is that makes the dish too overwhelming and too overpowering.
To do this, you may opt to add onion which is a concentrated flavor just like garlic to balance your dish. In addition to this, onion is a very good complement to garlic which enables onion to cover up the overpowering elements of garlic.
This will, however, make your dish really flavored so if this is not a match for your palate, then I suggest you pick from the other methods I will be discussing below.
2. Diluting your Content of Garlic.
This is, perhaps, the easiest option and way you can take. All you have to do is dilute the dish you are making.
To do exactly this, you simply just have to create another round of the dish you are making and then add it to the current batch you have already which has a lot of garlic or garlic powder. This will easily dilute your dish.
Another simpler method you can do it by adding more of the other ingredients you used just to balance out the overall flavor. Be sure to gradually increase the ingredients so you can achieve the perfect flavor without overusing a certain ingredient.
3. Throwing into the Mix some Aromatic Herbs.
Aside from onion, you may also use some aromatic herbs to balance out the flavor of your dish and achieve that taste you are looking for. Some of these aromatic herbs you may opt to use include cilantro, basil as well as parsley.
All of these herbs will really help fight the overpowering elements of garlic. However, be sure to note that for this method, a little also goes a long way and less is still certainly more.
This is because if you overload on the herbs, there is a possibility that your dish will become too bitter. Add them gradually and taste from time to time to achieve your goal flavor.
4. Adding Vinegar, Lime Juice, Lemon or an Acidic Ingredient.
To fix too much garlic, all you have to do is balance out your flavors. Case in point, for this method, all you have to do, once again, is to find a particular ingredient that will help you counteract the overpowering elements of garlic.
With an acidic ingredient like vinegar, lime juice or lemon, the tartness of their nature can certainly mask away the taste of garlic. However, please be sure to use it in moderation so that your dish will not end up being too sour.
5. Adding a Creamy Substance.
Last but not the least, another way to balance out your dishes is to add some creamy substance like dairy products. However, if you desire, you may also opt for creamy ingredients that are non-dairy and that includes coconut milk.
This ingredient is a very good element for Southeast Asian inspired dishes such as numerous curry mix. This will dilute your dishes and balance out the flavor of your dishes.
6. Sweetening your Dish.
If your dish becomes too overwhelming because of too much garlic, chances are your dish has become too bitter. To counteract this nature, all you have to do is to add some sweeteners like sugar and honey. Like most methods in this list, be sure to use it in moderation.
Fixing too much garlic is all about finding and striking a perfect balance with the use of other ingredients. These ingredients include sweeteners such as honey and sugar, acidic elements such as lime juice, lemon and vinegar, onions and creamy substances such as coconut milk.
However, just like with garlic, a little goes a long way and less will always be more. With that being said, please be sure that you still use these ingredients in moderation. And that you add them gradually. This is important to get that perfect balance of the overall flavor of your dish.
There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this article. Should you have any other suggestions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll see you in the next article!