View Full Version : Onion crackers have a bitter taste, why?
09-14-2005, 09:07 PM
I added regular onions instead of sweet and added alot of fresh garlic. i have noticed this same strong-bittery-hard-to-describe taste in other flax seed recipies, too. Has anyone else experianced this? What could this be? it is almost unbearable to eat.
09-14-2005, 09:36 PM
Sometimes when I add garlic to recipes I get a strong bitter flavor. Doesn't happen w/ salads, maybe its an oxidation response? Anyway I haven't been adding garlic until I serve sauces and the like and I don't use garlic in cracker recipes anymore.
09-15-2005, 04:36 AM
The first time I made the crackers I used yellow onions(all I could find) and the crackers had a bitter taste. Now I've found a store that pretty much always has organic sweet candy onions and my crackers aren't bitter anymore.
09-15-2005, 06:39 AM
Is there such a thing as "sweet candy onions"? Where do I find those?
09-15-2005, 07:35 AM
I've used a variety of onions and no bitter taste. I'd eliminate the garlic, or use a dehydrated one.
Also, if you keep the bread too long without refrig, the onions could start to 'age' and sour if not dehydrated completely.
09-15-2005, 07:36 PM
TV, That's what the store calls the onions(sweet kandy) it's the only place I've seen them. It's an Amish natural food store. Next time I'm there I'll ask what the difference is between them and a sweet vidala.
09-16-2005, 03:09 PM
swiddeas, have you considered that your flax seeds may be rancid? It's really hard to tell since they are so small and most people don't pop 'em in their mouths on a regular basis! You may want to buy them packaged (they always have an expiry) instead of in bulk bins and you must store them in the fridge or freezer anyway, and if for no other reason than as a precaution or an assurance of freshness.
Also, some people with sensitive palates find a flavor difference between brown flax seeds and golden -- the golden being milder. I don't have a particularly discerning palate, and even I find the golden better tasting, "sweeter." You may want to try them.
09-16-2005, 03:13 PM
Oh, also, someone a few months ago asked about harsh onions and I suggested they rinse non-sweet onions in water. This always works. If the onions are really *really* bitter, then rinse and squeeze in water. They will be much milder.
I've used regular brown onions, rinsed, in place of sweet and red onions in salads -- works every time.
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