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I have just recently decided to purchase some hummus for my daughter and I to try. But we have noticed that it's very salty and has a taste that we can not get a custom to. Is there anything that we are doing wrong or are there some recipes that we can use to start eating it more often. I've tried it on bread and on a flat wrap but can't get over that salty taste. My daughter is a very picky eater by the way and she is almost 4.
 

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i don't really use a recipe...i just blend up chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil (or another oil), salt and splash of lemon juice (and anything else you want...cumin, dill, pepper, etc) i usually start with 2:1 or 2:1.5 chickpeas/tahini. then add the other things to taste/consistency that i want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You can just make your own. If you have a food processor it's very easy and takes about 5 minutes. There are a lot of different ways to make it, so if you wanted to try buying a different brand you might like it better, too. It is supposed to be on the salty side rather than the sweet side, but if you make your own you can certainly adjust the salt to your liking. Here's my quick recipe...<br><br>
1 can garbanzo beans aka chickpeas (reserve the liquid in the can)<br>
2 Tblsp tahini (can sub peanut butter or almond butter, but it will change the taste)<br>
1 clove garlic<br>
2 Tblsp olive oil<br>
1 Tblsp orange juice (most people use fresh squeezed lemon juice, but I'm lazy and like the sweetness the orange juice gives it)<br><br><br>
Put all of the above in the food processor and whirl until it's smooth. Add some of the reserved garbanzo bean liquid or more olive oil if it seems too thick. I usually put a lot of olive oil in mine, but ymmv. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper until you like it. Often I don't add any pepper since my girls aren't big on it, but if I'm making some for grown-ups sometimes I will make it quite spicy. Some folks put cumin in, but I'm not really a fan of that, so I keep mine simple. All of the above measurements are ballpark figures. I usually just plop some of everything in.<br><br>
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Thank you. I might have to try to make my own now. I do have a food processor so that is cool. Now can you use blender too on this? Just wondering. I'll have to print off the recipe tonight and see about getting some of the chickpeas.
 

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Those are the basic recipes I use. You can also add roasted red peppers too. My 4 year old loves it! Uh, so does Mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I make my own and like that alot better than the kind you buy. I use the same basic recipe that's posted above. I like it best on pita chips that you can make yourself too.<br><br>
Just cut some pita bread in triangles, brush with olive oil and sprinkle garlic salt. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, flip and bake another 10 minutes.
 

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Making your own is really easy.<br><br>
You can make it in the blender, although I'll say that our old blender (when we had one) was *barely* up to the task.<br><br>
My basic recipe:<br><br>
1 can garbanzos (or cooked-from-dry equivalent)<br>
1-2 cloves garlic<br>
2-4 Tbs Tahini (1/4 to 1/3 cup)<br>
1/4 cup lemon juice.<br>
Salt to taste<br>
Other spices to taste - cayenne, cumin, coriander, or paprika<br>
Olive oil to loosen it up, if needed.<br><br>
You can do the whole thing in teh food processor without opening the lid, leaving it running - garlic cloves first, then chickpeas, then tahini, then lemon juice.<br><br>
I like quite a bit of lemon juice because I like it tangy.<br><br>
One of the flavors you may not be used to is not just the salt, but the tahini. Tahini, even very fresh, can have a kind of bitter edge to it. Make sure your tahini *is* very fresh by the way, and keep it in the fridge, and use it fairly quickly - rancid tahini is nasty and makes nasty hummus (voice of experience there) Tahini is one thing it usually doesn't pay to buy in bulk unless you eat a LOT of hummus (or baba ganoush, or tahini dressing....)
 

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yeah, I think a blender would probably work, too, if that's what you prefer. Might wanna be sure to wash it out well before you make a smoothie, though, or it might add a little garlic flavor.
 

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Where can I find the Tahini at? I live in a remote area and there is no whole foods near us at all. There is a walmart and a food lion there.
 

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Tahini -<br><br>
I think I got it at our local Super Walmart. I live in a town of 30K.
 

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You can find the tahini with the olives. It looks like thinnish peanut butter. But taste it before you put it in the hummus--that might be the flavor you don't like. I've made it without before, and it turns out fine.
 

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I just made some yesterday with my blender. You can use peanut butter in place of the tahini also (I made it this way and we love it!)
 
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