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(Slate)   The latest thing people are doing wrong? Making salsa. Apparently, people don't automatically add the deliciousness that is cilantro   (slate.com) divider line 198
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2013-09-11 11:04:31 PM
Sacrilege!
 
2013-09-11 11:17:27 PM
Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.
 
2013-09-11 11:20:45 PM
I find salsa without cilantro completely bland -- might as well be ketchup.  For me cilantro is essential to any Thai or Mexican dish.

That said, I am also aware that many people find the taste unappealing (I guess like the way turnips make my taste buds scream, shrivel up, and hide until it's safe to come out again).  Apparently it's a genetic thing, same as how some people find broccoli exceedingly bitter.  De gustibus...
 
2013-09-11 11:31:49 PM
Gotta have cilantro.
 
2013-09-11 11:48:02 PM
The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.
 
2013-09-11 11:48:32 PM

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


I find Irish Spring has a more similar flavor

/finely shredded, of course
 
2013-09-11 11:54:05 PM
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The wife canned me some special salsa last night.  We named it "say my name" salsa in that after eating it, I would scream her name the next morning when I pooped.
/I suggested Heisenberg salsa, but she didn't get it.
 
2013-09-11 11:57:01 PM

basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.


Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.
 
2013-09-11 11:58:07 PM
Must have cilantro in salsa and guacamole. I make it myself. Tough shiat if you think cilantro tastes like soap.

Fix your genetic makeup, caveman.
 
2013-09-12 12:01:11 AM
Use only the stems and roots.

Cilantro haters react to the leaves...which has a higher concentration of the evil soapins. (sp).

The stems and roots are used in Thai cooking and most 'haters' don't mind that in a green curry.

My SO HATES cilantro but he'll use it and trim off all the leaf and chop stem for thai curry paste and salasa, and toss the leaf part in the trash.

To me I get the flavor of cilantro but he doesn't get the 'filthy nasty choke soap weed'  taste. So, it's win/win.
 
2013-09-12 12:08:00 AM
I'm a cilantro lover.   I disagree with soaking the onions, that sulfuric bite is an important flavor element.
 
2013-09-12 12:09:08 AM

Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.


Okay, I'll give you salsa fresca, and it still tastes like an un rinsed soap dish.

/cooked salsa, meh....
 
2013-09-12 12:10:10 AM
I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.

My mom made a peanut-cilantro pesto once, many years ago, and now claims not to remember ever having done it.  I have yet to find a recipe that tastes exactly like the one she made--it was exquisite.
 
2013-09-12 12:12:24 AM

Cooking with cilantro is like rape of the mouth and nasal cavities. And much like rape there's a whole, unwholsome culture that supports it to the chagrin of a vocal minority. I oppose this.

CCC
Cease
Cilantro
Culture
 
2013-09-12 12:14:14 AM
I'm fine with cilantro, but f*ck, a little bit goes a long way. A half a cup is really excessive.
 
2013-09-12 12:15:50 AM

violentsalvation: I'm fine with cilantro, but f*ck, a little bit goes a long way. A half a cup is really excessive.


It depends on how fresh it is.  Grocery store cilantro often lacks the potency of fresh picked.

When I go to Moe's I have to ask them to really pile it on.
 
2013-09-12 12:23:01 AM
It's cheaper, and has the same effect, to just add battery acid and soap.
 
2013-09-12 12:41:50 AM
I find too many people pushing their tomato relish off as salsa.  It's gotta have some spicy, oniony, garlic, tomato, cilantro,  citrus,   salt, pepper and cumin.
 
2013-09-12 12:44:04 AM
Made salsa with tomatoes from our garden just a few days ago. The cilantro was from the store but it was included.
 
2013-09-12 12:46:00 AM
I make salsa all the time. Sometimes I make it fresco, sometimes I like to roast the peppers and tomatoes over a wood fire prior to mixing. So what I'm saying is... sorcery.
 
2013-09-12 01:00:35 AM
If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.
 
2013-09-12 01:00:42 AM
You know what? Fark cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 01:05:55 AM
Being Mexican, cilantro was always always always around growing up. Never knew anyone hated it until I moved to New Orleans for school, and I met people who described the "soapy" taste. Funny enough, it's not their fault their genes are all f*cked up. :shrug:

Gotta have it in salsa, guac, pico, and many Asian dishes - but yeah, a little goes a long way. Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).
 
2013-09-12 01:40:01 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).


I hate when they add it to salad mix. I love cilantro, but it has the wrong taste to be in a salad.
 
2013-09-12 01:41:51 AM
Another one who finds it soapy here. I really came to hate it in Chile, where it was put in soup in big gobs.

*shudder*
 
2013-09-12 02:01:38 AM
Cilantro ain't Mexican, it's Asian.  Nobody put the crap weed in TexMex until the Californians decided to make TexMex trendy about 30 years ago.
 
2013-09-12 02:31:08 AM

CraicBaby: IBreakdance2NIN: Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).

I hate when they add it to salad mix. I love cilantro, but it has the wrong taste to be in a salad.


Yeah, it overpowers the taste of all the other greens. Plus, it clashes horribly with certain flavors.

One night I came home from work with a whole slab of Norwegian smoked salmon my boss gave me and some lemon-caper vinaigrette. Being ravenous, I promptly threw some of the fish on a pile of spring mix and added cucumber, capers, and some fresh dill. A few bites in, I notice something really f*cking off - apparently Kroger had thrown cilantro into that particular batch of Simple Truth mixed greens (something I had never encountered before). Man, that threw off the whole damn salad. And it takes quite a bit to overcome the flavor of smoky salty salmon.

But, I'm on Team Cilantro in general.
 
2013-09-12 02:36:40 AM

unamused: Cilantro ain't Mexican, it's Asian.  Nobody put the crap weed in TexMex until the Californians decided to make TexMex trendy about 30 years ago.


Derp.

Coriander spans from Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia. Spanish settlers brought it with them in the 1600s and it eventually became part of Mexican cuisine.
 
2013-09-12 02:38:12 AM
I stick motherfarkin' cilantro in my socks at night, so they smell like your sister's crotch in the morning.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:31 AM

TuteTibiImperes: violentsalvation: I'm fine with cilantro, but f*ck, a little bit goes a long way. A half a cup is really excessive.

It depends on how fresh it is.  Grocery store cilantro often lacks the potency of fresh picked.

When I go to Moe's I have to ask them to really pile it on.


I find cilantro really easily overwhelms all the other flavors, but when used in moderation it really does help complete a well-rounded dish. But I'm crazy about hops and IPA's so wtf do I know about moderation?
 
2013-09-12 02:46:44 AM

violentsalvation: I find cilantro really easily overwhelms all the other flavors, but when used in moderation it really does help complete a well-rounded dish. But I'm crazy about hops and IPA's so wtf do I know about moderation?



*Fist bump*
 
2013-09-12 02:53:33 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: CraicBaby: IBreakdance2NIN: Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).

I hate when they add it to salad mix. I love cilantro, but it has the wrong taste to be in a salad.

Yeah, it overpowers the taste of all the other greens. Plus, it clashes horribly with certain flavors.

One night I came home from work with a whole slab of Norwegian smoked salmon my boss gave me and some lemon-caper vinaigrette. Being ravenous, I promptly threw some of the fish on a pile of spring mix and added cucumber, capers, and some fresh dill. A few bites in, I notice something really f*cking off - apparently Kroger had thrown cilantro into that particular batch of Simple Truth mixed greens (something I had never encountered before). Man, that threw off the whole damn salad. And it takes quite a bit to overcome the flavor of smoky salty salmon.

But, I'm on Team Cilantro in general.


I can't remember where, but I had a salad once like that where whoever made it thought it would be a good idea to throw cilantro in it. Noooope. I couldn't finish it because the cilantro was just too overpowering, and I remember having to throw it out because it would've been a hassle to pick all the cilantro out.

/Team Cilantro, especially with onions on a taco
 
2013-09-12 02:53:52 AM
This thread has taught me I can use cilantro stems to appease you genetic mutants.
 
2013-09-12 03:19:09 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: unamused: Cilantro ain't Mexican, it's Asian.  Nobody put the crap weed in TexMex until the Californians decided to make TexMex trendy about 30 years ago.

Derp.

Coriander spans from Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia. Spanish settlers brought it with them in the 1600s and it eventually became part of Mexican cuisine.


In about 1990.  It was originally Mediterranean, they fobbed it off on the Chinese in exchange for spaghetti.  San Franciscans loved it in the coolie food and decided to try it in Tex Mex.  It exists so that people who love the taste of papier-mâché can have a backup source of food if the newspaper isn't delivered.
 
2013-09-12 04:50:08 AM
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None of that New York City crap for me.
 
2013-09-12 04:56:31 AM

CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.


Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?
 
2013-09-12 04:59:07 AM

unamused: IBreakdance2NIN: unamused: Cilantro ain't Mexican, it's Asian.  Nobody put the crap weed in TexMex until the Californians decided to make TexMex trendy about 30 years ago.

Derp.

Coriander spans from Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia. Spanish settlers brought it with them in the 1600s and it eventually became part of Mexican cuisine.

In about 1990.  It was originally Mediterranean, they fobbed it off on the Chinese in exchange for spaghetti.  San Franciscans loved it in the coolie food and decided to try it in Tex Mex.  It exists so that people who love the taste of papier-mâché can have a backup source of food if the newspaper isn't delivered.


This is probably the stupidest topic to attempt to troll, like, ever.
 
2013-09-12 05:03:57 AM
Cilantro can't hold a candle durian. I have never tasted/smelled something so horrid.
 
2013-09-12 05:04:29 AM
why are you filling yourself with that crap when you could be eating bacon?
 
2013-09-12 05:06:00 AM
I think most things don't use enough cilantro. Double cilantro for me please. MOAR~
 
2013-09-12 05:11:48 AM
Tank degreeser tastes better than cilantro; such a foul weed.
 
2013-09-12 05:12:09 AM
Oh good, two new things which guarantee troll threads here:

1) cilantro

2) Salon articles.
 
2013-09-12 05:13:04 AM
fark. Degreaser.
 
2013-09-12 05:16:49 AM

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The wife canned me some special salsa last night.  We named it "say my name" salsa in that after eating it, I would scream her name the next morning when I pooped./I suggested Heisenberg salsa, but she didn't get it.


You can either know the consistency of your next shiat, or when/where you will be when it comes out, but not both?
 
2013-09-12 05:17:37 AM
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Quick, to ze Puckmobile!
 
2013-09-12 05:19:39 AM

FuzedBox: fark. Degreaser.


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2013-09-12 05:23:06 AM
I don't think cilantro tastes like soap, it's just that it has a very powerful flavor. A little goes a long way and most places use so much of the stuff that it overpowers all the other flavors.
 
2013-09-12 05:26:54 AM
And for good reason. Cilantro tastes like leafy ass.
 
2013-09-12 05:29:07 AM
I'll give you my cilantro when you pry it from my cold, dead, fragrant, and delicious hands.
 
2013-09-12 05:30:35 AM

CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.


No super powers for the anosmic.
 
2013-09-12 05:32:21 AM
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relaxitsjustme: I don't think cilantro tastes like soap, it's just that it has a very powerful flavor. A little goes a long way and most places use so much of the stuff that it overpowers all the other flavors.


You put half a cup of cilantro in anything and you'll only taste the cilantro. This recipe is terrible
 
2013-09-12 05:33:48 AM
mmmmmmm I love fresh CORIANDER so much. we're having a curry on saturday night where i will be liberally applying it. crossing my fingers i cna find some curry leaves as well

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

god its only 10.30am and im so hungry
 
2013-09-12 05:38:06 AM
Cilantro tastes like a moldy dishrag.  It is known.
 
2013-09-12 05:41:17 AM
There is no such thing as too much cilantro.  fark the haters!
 
2013-09-12 05:48:46 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Oh good, two new things which guarantee troll threads here:

1) cilantro

2) Salon articles.


I do find it amusing at how angry people can get over it.
 
2013-09-12 05:48:57 AM
REMEMBER: There is a genetic mutation in some people that causes varieties of coriander and cilantro to taste unpleasant. A minority of people find the taste and smell reminiscent of soap for genetic reasons, with another smaller group being unable to taste or smell anything from the plant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander#Variation_in_taste_response

Those who like it are not tasting soap. Those who don't aren't unjustified in their disgust or apathy. Its all about the random genes we are born with.
 
2013-09-12 05:50:06 AM
If I were God, I'd design a plague that attacked Cilantro and destroyed it from the face of the earth. It would also attack and melt the insides of all the god damn cilantro pushers out there who have ruined every farking dish since the early 1990's by putting that nasty shiat on everything.

I'm not trolling. I don't care how you react to this. I'm merely informing the cilantro crowd that they are wrong. Also that they are scum and deserve a slow death. Like Nickelback fans. What you do in your home is your business but keep that crap out of my food.
 
2013-09-12 05:51:25 AM
 
2013-09-12 05:52:28 AM

flup: If I were God, I'd design a plague that attacked Cilantro and destroyed it from the face of the earth. It would also attack and melt the insides of all the god damn cilantro pushers out there who have ruined every farking dish since the early 1990's by putting that nasty shiat on everything.

I'm not trolling. I don't care how you react to this. I'm merely informing the cilantro crowd that they are wrong. Also that they are scum and deserve a slow death. Like Nickelback fans. What you do in your home is your business but keep that crap out of my food.


You are part of an unfortunate genetic minority that tastes the plant in a different way than the majority of people. Those who taste it pleasantly are not tasting the same thing you are.
 
2013-09-12 06:00:58 AM
A whole thread on cilantro...

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-12 06:09:36 AM
Some people have a genetic distaste for it.
 
2013-09-12 06:10:04 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: unamused: IBreakdance2NIN: unamused: Cilantro ain't Mexican, it's Asian.  Nobody put the crap weed in TexMex until the Californians decided to make TexMex trendy about 30 years ago.

Derp.

Coriander spans from Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia. Spanish settlers brought it with them in the 1600s and it eventually became part of Mexican cuisine.

In about 1990.  It was originally Mediterranean, they fobbed it off on the Chinese in exchange for spaghetti.  San Franciscans loved it in the coolie food and decided to try it in Tex Mex.  It exists so that people who love the taste of papier-mâché can have a backup source of food if the newspaper isn't delivered.

This is probably the stupidest topic to attempt to troll, like, ever.


At first I couldn't tell if s/he was trolling or retarded. Then I realized it was probably a 'both' situation.
 
2013-09-12 06:16:49 AM
*sigh*

Pico de gallo isn't exactly salsa. Well, it is, but it's one (along with others like fruit-based "salsas") uncooked salsa in the world, so I have a hard time really calling it a salsa despite the fact that it is. Salsa literally means "sauce", which Pdg is most definitely not. Also find it interesting that wikipedia has guac listed as one, although it's closer to what I consider a 'true' salsa than pdg is...

/I'd kill for some verde right now
 
2013-09-12 06:23:37 AM
F*ck yeah cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 06:29:22 AM

doglover: Cooking with cilantro is like rape of the mouth and nasal cavities. And much like rape there's a whole, unwholsome culture that supports it to the chagrin of a vocal minority. I oppose this.

CCC
Cease
Cilantro
Culture


Here's another C for you.
CHINGAZOS!! 'cuz that's what you'll get if you leave out the cilantro, biatch!
 
2013-09-12 06:30:29 AM
Added cilantro to my salsa, guacamole AND my rice (cooked w/bay leaf, added salt, lemon, lime, and cilantro!).
 
2013-09-12 06:33:35 AM

flup: If I were God, I'd design a plague that attacked Cilantro and destroyed it from the face of the earth. It would also attack and melt the insides of all the god damn cilantro pushers out there who have ruined every farking dish since the early 1990's by putting that nasty shiat on everything.

I'm not trolling. I don't care how you react to this. I'm merely informing the cilantro crowd that they are wrong. Also that they are scum and deserve a slow death. Like Nickelback fans. What you do in your home is your business but keep that crap out of my food.


Sooo... what you're saying is, you are a genetic defect with a broken taster. Don't be hatin.
 
2013-09-12 06:41:15 AM
People think cilantro tastes like soap?  Sense.  That makes none of it.

What's really farked is people who make salsa out of mangoes and other fruit.

/partially butthurt bc every year I've tried to grow it, it's died
 
2013-09-12 06:53:33 AM
A little taco shop by my house used to have their salsa bar (including cilantro) out by the counter where the customers could use it, but being an outside place the health department put a stop to that. So then they just started putting cilantro in everything and asking what kind of salsa you wanted. They closed down shortly after. fark cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 06:53:52 AM

mediablitz: Must have cilantro in salsa and guacamole. I make it myself. Tough shiat if you think cilantro tastes like soap.

Fix your genetic makeup, caveman.


I love cilantro, but caraway seeds make me gag.....

/ everyone has their own food quirks
 
2013-09-12 06:54:04 AM
a vile weed
 
2013-09-12 06:54:45 AM
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Sadly I have the 'tastes like soap' gene.
 
2013-09-12 06:55:33 AM
I personally cannot stand salsa. It looks like someone has already eaten it first.
 
2013-09-12 06:57:28 AM

Mr. KnowSomeOfIt: You know what? Fark cilantro.

 
2013-09-12 06:57:51 AM

log_jammin: Dwight_Yeast: Oh good, two new things which guarantee troll threads here:

1) cilantro

2) Salon articles.

I do find it amusing at how angry people can get over it.


The first one I find bizarre because it's like tongue-rolling or detached earlobes: you have no control over it

The second one bothers me because Salon has obviously gone off the deep end editorially, recently.
 
2013-09-12 06:58:45 AM
This far in and no Trout Fishing in America references?  If I can't have a proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot I'll have a cup of tea.
 
2013-09-12 07:01:15 AM

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.


MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

I find Irish Spring has a more similar flavor

/finely shredded, of course

 
2013-09-12 07:07:22 AM

offacue: This far in and no Trout Fishing in America references?  If I can't have a proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot I'll have a cup of tea.


Sorry, I was busy trying to cleaning up, Im ganna be in big trouble when my parents get home today because this afternoon the monsters came to my house to play.
 
2013-09-12 07:08:54 AM
Cilantro sucks.
 
2013-09-12 07:09:45 AM

mediablitz: Must have cilantro in salsa and guacamole. I make it myself. Tough shiat if you think cilantro tastes like soap.

Fix your genetic makeup, caveman.


You make cilantro yourself?  Can I have your baby?
 
2013-09-12 07:15:00 AM

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


This...
 
2013-09-12 07:15:01 AM

ph0rk: Cilantro sucks.


You are entitled to your own opinion no matter how wrong and stupid it is.
 
2013-09-12 07:16:14 AM

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.
 
2013-09-12 07:18:11 AM
Mmmmmmm, cilantro
 
2013-09-12 07:21:55 AM

MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.


Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.
 
2013-09-12 07:24:30 AM
let me guess... An article written by a Californian...  They put cilantro in everything over there...
 
2013-09-12 07:24:36 AM
Chips and salsa: my go-to snack, day or night. The spicier, the better. And it's got to have cilantro.

I also love the smokiness of a chipotle salsa.
 
2013-09-12 07:25:36 AM
doesnt salsa just technically mean sauce anyway? like masala means mix.
 
2013-09-12 07:30:24 AM
Salsa Day is this coming Monday.  I will be canning about 5 gallons ranging from normal to beyond stupid.  As for cilantro, it really doesn't register once the habaneros and ghost chilis get attached to your taste receptors.
 
2013-09-12 07:31:10 AM

big pig peaches: MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.

Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.


CBS time: a few years ago I had some folks over for a Saturday afternoon of college football. I had made fish tacos to nosh on. My old neighbor was raving about how good the fish was and he asked how I made it. I told him I put lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro in the food processor and then smeared the paste on the mahi-mahi before grilling. His jaw dropped. He said he hated cilantro but loved the fish tacos.

/cilantro haters are stupid
 
2013-09-12 07:34:56 AM

max_pooper: /cilantro haters are stupid


They can't help it. It's genetic. All that Neaderthal DNA screws with their taste buds.
 
2013-09-12 07:39:15 AM

Prophet of Loss: Cilantro can't hold a candle durian. I have never tasted/smelled something so horrid.


Gotta agree with you, here.  Spent some time in Thailand where I decided to try durian (after seeing Andrew Zimmern nearly puke trying to get it down).  I didn't like the taste (tropical, sickly sweet, accented with spoiled onions) but managed to swallow it.  I took pride in being able to eat something Zimmern couldn't.  Until I burped.  Wife smelled my belch from across the room.  I called it a nose fart.  Stinkiest, nastiest substance I have ever come across.

But cilantro...  Hated the soapy stuff until I hit my mid-30s.  Now, I love it on tacos, in guac, and salsa ain't salsa without it.  So, I think it may be an acquired taste.

Don't use yellow onions, though.  Spring onions are mandatory.  And key lime juice improves the flavor, too.  I like to up the amps with a finely chopped habenaro or two, also.
 
2013-09-12 07:46:46 AM
I'm one of the rarities who doesn't mind a little cilantro, but so many recipes use it as a crutch that I'd just as soon choose a meal that doesn't add any.
Cinnamon is delicious in moderation too, but I'm not putting any on my pizza.
 
2013-09-12 07:50:09 AM

Plissken: I'm one of the rarities who doesn't mind a little cilantro, but so many recipes use it as a crutch that I'd just as soon choose a meal that doesn't add any.
Cinnamon is delicious in moderation too, but I'm not putting any on my pizza.


Cinamon actually goes really well with meats. If you choose the sauces right, it's a knockout.
 
2013-09-12 07:51:01 AM
Mmmmm, soap.
 
2013-09-12 07:55:50 AM
Cilantro farking sucks and it ruins anything it goes into.
 
2013-09-12 07:57:01 AM

max_pooper: cilantro haters are stupid have superior taste buds.


I can taste the good flavor you mooks seem to enjoy. It's like a snazzy little tune on a shepherd's pipe. Very enjoyable. However, this tiny, insignifigant note of flavor is overshadowed by the cacophony of a ceiling high stack of amps hooked to the off tune guitar of the world's worst garage band on their first day owning instruments that is the soapy taste.

It's like if someone dipped their sweaty scrotum in a dish of Mr. Bubble and used it to to cover the Mona Lisa in a hundred mushroom stamps of soapy badness. You would still mostly be able to see the Mona Lisa but it would also be ruined.
 
2013-09-12 08:06:16 AM

Habitual Cynic: Prophet of Loss: Cilantro can't hold a candle durian. I have never tasted/smelled something so horrid.

Gotta agree with you, here. Spent some time in Thailand where I decided to try durian (after seeing Andrew Zimmern nearly puke trying to get it down). I didn't like the taste (tropical, sickly sweet, accented with spoiled onions) but managed to swallow it. I took pride in being able to eat something Zimmern couldn't. Until I burped. Wife smelled my belch from across the room. I called it a nose fart. Stinkiest, nastiest substance I have ever come across.


My SIL (Asian) LOVES durian. It tastes and smells sweet and delicious to her. It's a genetic thing - it's a different experience for some lucky Asian folks. She doesn't understand the whole fart thing. Her birthday cake was so nasty that we made her keep it out on the screen porch. The house still stank like a giant fart for days.
 
2013-09-12 08:07:05 AM

starlost: why are you filling yourself with that crap when you could be eating bacon?


Never had bacon salsa have you?

Pre fry the bacon, chop it very finely, then saute the onion quickly in a little bit of the rendered bacon drippins. It'll cure what ails ya. Gives you the smokiness of chipotle without adding more heat.
 
2013-09-12 08:11:12 AM
Tired of onions that taste like onions? Slate has a solution for you!
 
2013-09-12 08:23:12 AM
The most overrated herb in the garden.  F*ck cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 08:23:27 AM
Cilantro was created by the devil to ruin perfectly good food.
 
2013-09-12 08:25:31 AM
TFA annoyed me for using Spanish words for months for no reason in an English article.  "Agosto," "septiembre",.. how cute. Really? And I speak Spanish.  It just goes to show where the author's priorities are.  Slate.
 
2013-09-12 08:28:14 AM
My Guac has a couple tablespoons of Rotel, couple shakes of black pepper, and a couple dashes of Garlic Salt.  Squeeze of Lime.  It is perfect.

Not sure what you freakazoids are doing with this other weed business.


For the sake of comparison, I will put some Cilantro into my next batch and see how it goes.  See?  I can try new things.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:03 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: Being Mexican, cilantro was always always always around growing up. Never knew anyone hated it until I moved to New Orleans for school, and I met people who described the "soapy" taste. Funny enough, it's not their fault their genes are all f*cked up. :shrug:

Gotta have it in salsa, guac, pico, and many Asian dishes - but yeah, a little goes a long way. Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).


and I hated it like the plague. It did not taste like soap, but like a vile weed picked from the side of a highway.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:23 AM

basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.




No one needs evil soap weed.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:49 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

I find Irish Spring has a more similar flavor

/finely shredded, of course


You people have bad genes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?_r=0
 
2013-09-12 08:32:17 AM
Who the hell wouldn't add cilantro to salsa? That doesn't even compute.
 
2013-09-12 08:35:33 AM
You people who taste soap when eating cilantro are genetically inferior
 
2013-09-12 08:36:10 AM

Notabunny: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

No super powers for the anosmic.


People who think it tastes good have the defective gene in my opinion.
 
2013-09-12 08:36:47 AM

Rhino_man: basemetal: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 640x480][farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x480][farm4.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

The wife canned me some special salsa last night.  We named it "say my name" salsa in that after eating it, I would scream her name the next morning when I pooped./I suggested Heisenberg salsa, but she didn't get it.

You can either know the consistency of your next shiat, or when/where you will be when it comes out, but not both?


i369.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-12 08:38:33 AM

The_Sponge: I stick motherfarkin' cilantro in my socks at night, so they smell like your sister's crotch in the morning.


Really?  I stick my socks in your sister's crotch at night, so they smell like cilantro in the morning.

/Small world!
 
2013-09-12 08:38:38 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: You people who taste soap when eating cilantro are genetically inferior


Actually, we are genetically superior super tasters.  We don't have to be hit over the head with ingredients to taste them like all of you loosers.

/yes, loosers
 
2013-09-12 08:41:52 AM
I love cilantro. But I prefer a habanero salsa.
 
2013-09-12 08:42:39 AM
The global distribution of bed bugs can also be traced to their 
naming. In ancient Rome, bed bugs were called Cimex (meaning 
"bug"), while the species designation lectularius referredtoabedor
couch. The early Greek term for bed bug was coris, meaning "to bite," 
from which the word coriander comes. One of civilization's oldest 
spices, coriander (cilantro) was probably so named because when the 
leaves and unripe seeds are crushed,the pungent smell resembled
that of bed bugs (Encyclopedia of Spices 2010)
 
2013-09-12 08:43:15 AM

basemetal: Actually, we are genetically superior super tasters. We don't have to be hit over the head with ingredients to taste them like all of you loosers.


s8.postimg.org
 
2013-09-12 08:44:37 AM
The first time I had cilantro was in a Vietnamese restaurant with rude waitstaff. I got a soup and it was so bad I only tried it twice. My Vietnamese girlfriend suggested I order something else, but it was obvious to me at the time, that no, they really don't like me there. If they ruined that dish, surely they're ruin the next one too. I didn't know it was cilantro at the time, but I never forgot that first taste.
 
2013-09-12 08:47:33 AM

JollyMagistrate: REMEMBER: There is a genetic mutation in some people that causes varieties of coriander and cilantro to taste unpleasant. A minority of people find the taste and smell reminiscent of soap for genetic reasons, with another smaller group being unable to taste or smell anything from the plant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander#Variation_in_taste_response

The article says minority, but this thread indicates a nearly perfect 50/50 distribution between people capable of tasting the beauty of the spice, and those who think fat and salt is all there's needed as flavor.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:16 AM
Cilantro tastes like skunk ass. (Or so I'm told.)
 
2013-09-12 08:50:32 AM
Who the fark bothers to seed jalapenos? If a jalapeno is too hot for you, maybe you should give up on salsa and use ketchup instead.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:35 AM

ransack.: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?


When they prevent you from savoring the awesomeness of cilantro, then yes, yes they are. It's like having a genetic defect in your eyes that don't let you see porn.
 
2013-09-12 08:51:01 AM
Anyone who likes cilantro, I encourage you to find a culantro plant to add to your herb garden.

It tastes like a kicked-up version of cilantro.  However, the leaves are a bit coarser, so I'd mostly use it with cooking -- or just make sure to chop it really fine.
 
2013-09-12 08:53:43 AM
FTFA: The first thing you chop should be your onion, so you can give the onion pieces a chance to soak in room-temperature water while you're chopping the other vegetables. Unsoaked onions have a tendency to make everything in their vicinity taste like burning;

I stopped reading right there, when I realized that the author has no idea how to make salsa, or cook, probably.

Your blog sucks, Ralph.

t.qkme.me
 
2013-09-12 08:56:25 AM

Ed Grubermann: And for good reason. Cilantro tastes like leafy ass.


fc07.deviantart.net
 
2013-09-12 08:57:25 AM

Mr. Cat Poop: ransack.: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?

When they prevent you from savoring the awesomeness of cilantro, then yes, yes they are. It's like having a genetic defect in your eyes that don't let you see porn.


Yes, cilantro tastes like athlete's foot to me. Also most fryer oil, unless it is very fresh, is distinctly bitter. Some people are genetically sensitive to certain flavors, sometimes called supertasters, used in product testing. For me, everything has a level of bitter. Even pure sugar. It's a matter of degree. Those "earthy flavors" in vegetables like black eyed peas? Might as well be asphalt. Can't get them down.
 
2013-09-12 09:01:44 AM
cilantro is de debil
 
2013-09-12 09:05:02 AM
Cilantro fixation?  Has to be a young white girl

(looks at author profile)

Yup.  Self-described "twenty-something urban-dwelling bobo".
 
2013-09-12 09:19:04 AM

CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.


No
"Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.Soaps are made by fragmenting fat molecules with strongly alkaline lye or its equivalent, and aldehydes are a byproduct of this process, as they are when oxygen in the air attacks the fats and oils in cosmetics. And many bugs make strong-smelling, aldehyde-rich body fluids to attract or repel other creatures."
That is what I'm tasting when you feed me Cilantro.  Enjoy your soapy bugs.
 
2013-09-12 09:25:54 AM
You know what goes great with cilantro? Agent Orange.
 
2013-09-12 09:37:13 AM

Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.


And pico de gallo isn't salsa.
 
2013-09-12 09:38:49 AM
Let me tell you about some Cilantro.  My mother made salsa when I was in high school  She loved the stuff.  You know what the ingredients were by volume?  Tomato, cilantro, vinegar, onion.  You know what it tasted like?
Ass.  It tastes like ass.  I've eaten ass, it's only appealing if you're about to be on the delivering end of anal sex.

Now this in and of itself does not harbor a hatred for cilantro.  What does is having her both put the salsa on every batch of chicken she made for six months.  She also put cilantro in farking EVERYTHING for about a year solid.  Everything tasted like cilantro.  This, for some reason, was a trend in popular cooking for about 10 years.  Why all of a sudden everyone decided that kneeling down and sucking the wang of
cilantro was a brilliant idea, I don't know.  I didn't have a problem when they put dill in everything in walking distance or when they covered everything with basil pesto and sundried tomatos (I blame california for that one), or when they insisted that everything with red meat needed sage.  The cilantro I couldn't STAND.

To be clear, I don't think it tastes like soap, I think it tastes like someone infused random herbage into vinegar and then bottled it.  It's like someone boiled down parsley until it was unbearable and went "great idea" and everyone went for it.  I don't know why.  If I smell it, taste it, or clearly see it I will not be eating your food.  Don't tell me it's there and if I can't tell you're doing it right.  If I can ID cilantro in your cooking from 50 paces, take it down about eleventy notches.
 
2013-09-12 09:39:01 AM
Studies say there may be a minor genetic component, but it's more in your head:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/14/161057954/love-to-hate-c il antro-its-in-your-genes-and-maybe-in-your-head

"When they searched the people's DNA for regions that correlate with a distaste for the herb, a single spot jumped out. And, it sits right next to a cluster of odor-detecting genes, including one that is known to specifically recognize the soapy aromas in cilantro's bouquet... but, it didn't make a huge a difference in cilantro preference from person to person...these studies demonstrate that DNA does shape our opinion of cilantro, but probably not enough that we can't overcome it...McGee offers a strategy for building up an appreciation for the herb: Try a cilantro pesto. Crushing the leaves, he says, releases enzymes that convert the soapy, stinky compounds into more mild aromas.
 
2013-09-12 09:42:13 AM

Alphakronik: Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.

And pico de gallo isn't salsa.


Came to say this.  I hate ordering chips and salsa only to be served chips and pico de gallo.  If I wanted a lazy pile of chopped taco toppings, on second thought, no, I have never wanted to be served pico de gallo.
 
2013-09-12 09:46:19 AM
I wonder if there's any connection between the cilantro good taste/bad taste people and those who can smell bitter almonds/arsenic?  Only about 40% of the population can smell bitter almonds.

hm.....I'll google later if I get time.
 
2013-09-12 09:46:36 AM

max_pooper: big pig peaches: MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.

Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.

CBS time: a few years ago I had some folks over for a Saturday afternoon of college football. I had made fish tacos to nosh on. My old neighbor was raving about how good the fish was and he asked how I made it. I told him I put lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro in the food processor and then smeared the paste on the mahi-mahi before grilling. His jaw dropped. He said he hated cilantro but loved the fish tacos.

/cilantro haters are stupid


I used to hate it also. Fought with my wife all the time about putting it in the guacamole, but she just tore off big chunks of leaves and tossed it in. Once I started chopping it fine we both agreed it was the best guac ever. It's always a big hit when she makes it for parties. Inevitably someone makes a comment how it's so much better than guacamole with cilantro in it.
 
2013-09-12 09:47:08 AM
All you anti-cilantro heathens probably think a taco should have lettuce, tomato, and yellow cheese on it.   Proper taco has cilantro and onions on it, maybe with some onions.

Shun the unbelievers.  Shunnnnnnnnnnn

(also yeah Pico isn't really salsa)
 
2013-09-12 09:48:56 AM
*maybe with some lime on it.

Meant to say lime.
 
Biv
2013-09-12 09:50:31 AM

violentsalvation: I'm fine with cilantro, but f*ck, a little bit goes a long way. A half a cup is really excessive.


Seriously, I'm not a full on hater, but reduce that to a tablespoon, at most.
 
2013-09-12 09:53:25 AM
instantwin:
The article says minority, but this thread indicates a nearly perfect 50/50 distribution between people capable of tasting the beauty of the spice, and those who think fat and salt is all there's needed as flavor.

I noticed that, too.  Until this thread, I didn't know anyone who didn't absolutely love cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 09:54:20 AM

Dallymo: I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.


Do you have any tips for growing cilantro? I've tried it in the sun, in the shade, and indoors, but it goes to seed right away.

/I go through a lot of cilantro, so it would save me money to just grow my own
 
Biv
2013-09-12 09:59:30 AM

max_pooper: big pig peaches: MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.

Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.

CBS time: a few years ago I had some folks over for a Saturday afternoon of college football. I had made fish tacos to nosh on. My old neighbor was raving about how good the fish was and he asked how I made it. I told him I put lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro in the food processor and then smeared the paste on the mahi-mahi before grilling. His jaw dropped. He said he hated cilantro but loved the fish tacos.

/cilantro haters are stupid


That wierd chemical that tastes like soap to many and makes it completely overpowering to others is also very chemically active.  That's why I like it in salsa, where it's got all mixy with the other ingredients but will kill the taco truck guy if he pollutes my Cabesa tacos with it.
 
2013-09-12 10:02:12 AM

sweetmelissa31: Dallymo: I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.

Do you have any tips for growing cilantro? I've tried it in the sun, in the shade, and indoors, but it goes to seed right away.

/I go through a lot of cilantro, so it would save me money to just grow my own


I know you weren't asking me, but I've found that if I treat my cilantro like my peppers, it does well.  Well drained soil, and hot hot HOT soil.  Like punch holes in a black garbage bag and lay over the soil hot.  I started doing that a couple years ago after a horticulturist told me that tomatoes and peppers really like the soil around them hot.  It has worked, at least in my very poor but well drained soil.  Other than that, I ignore it and only water when it's really bad like now when we haven't had a drop of rain in 5 weeks and 90+ temps nearly every day.
 
2013-09-12 10:02:24 AM
I love cilantro so much I want to roll around naked in it and then hate-f*ck all you haters.

Papalo, on the other hand, tastes like ditchweed watered with Satan's bathwater.
 
2013-09-12 10:06:31 AM

sweetmelissa31: tips for growing cilantro?


Jumping in here to suggest staggered planting. It really extends the season. And when it does flower, you can let it go to seed and plant the seeds (or let them fall) and you get another crop.
 
2013-09-12 10:10:22 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I know you weren't asking me, but I've found that if I treat my cilantro like my peppers, it does well. Well drained soil, and hot hot HOT soil. Like punch holes in a black garbage bag and lay over the soil hot. I started doing that a couple years ago after a horticulturist told me that tomatoes and peppers really like the soil around them hot. It has worked, at least in my very poor but well drained soil. Other than that, I ignore it and only water when it's really bad like now when we haven't had a drop of rain in 5 weeks and 90+ temps nearly every day.


Thanks! I've also had problems with peppers, maybe for the same reason (tomatoes have been great though). I actually was thinking the soil was too hot, but I guess it could have been the opposite problem.
 
2013-09-12 10:10:37 AM
All of you genetic defectives who think cilantro tastes like soap should look on the bright side: if a recipe calls for fresh cilantro and you have none; just use soap instead. Win!
 
2013-09-12 10:11:06 AM

someonelse: I love cilantro so much I want to roll around naked in it and then hate-f*ck all you haters.

Papalo, on the other hand, tastes like ditchweed watered with

Satan's bathwater.

Crap.  That would have been a better login.
 
2013-09-12 10:12:55 AM
I'm in the no cilantro group. It doesn't matter what people do to mask, or transform the taste of the evil weed. I can taste that crap in food that has been prepared in a bowl previously containing cilantro. The stuff tastes like Palmolive.
 
2013-09-12 10:17:43 AM
But subbys, somes peoples ams allergic to cilantros.

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-09-12 10:19:33 AM
When I lived in Texas, one year I planted some cilantro in back.It took hold, and became a scourge,coming back after digging up, and fire. Roundup finally did it, after repeated applications. Rwther buy it as I need it, than deal with that headache.
 
2013-09-12 10:21:56 AM
I went on a cruise once and the ships TexMex restaurant apparently used mint instead of cilantro. It looked right but tasted awful! We figured they were making it by looking at pictures and grabbed the wrong green thing.
 
2013-09-12 10:23:34 AM
Fun fact: 'salsa' means diarrhea in Korean.

/fitting, imo
//got nothing
 
2013-09-12 10:29:41 AM
I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.
 
2013-09-12 10:30:09 AM
Pico de Gallo is not salsa.
 
2013-09-12 10:52:50 AM

Lorelle: Gotta have cilantro.


This. I switched to buying mild salsa years ago because it's loaded with cilantro. Mmmmm.
 
2013-09-12 11:04:31 AM
LOVE cilantro. It's one of my five favorite things to cook with. (The other four are citrus zest, dill, mustard, and shallot.)
 
2013-09-12 11:11:13 AM
Let me summarize this article and this thread in one image:

forums.watchuseek.com

I like cilantro, but you don't have to.
 
2013-09-12 11:42:10 AM

sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.


I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!
 
2013-09-12 11:46:04 AM

peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!


I think I'll try that.  Thanks!
 
2013-09-12 11:56:58 AM
Cilantro tastes like mildew smells. The stuff is just nasty!  Funny though, I love the coriander seeds!
 
2013-09-12 12:02:09 PM
Good to see that it's been pointed out that distaste for cilantro is genetic. I wish I could eat cilantro (I love Mexican cuisine and Vietnamese), but I've got the genetic mutation (and am in the ethnic group with the highest proportion of it, 14.1%: Ashkenazi Jews).
 
2013-09-12 12:03:53 PM

sandi_fish: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I think I'll try that.  Thanks!


Any time.  It also has the advantage of being easy to grow.
 
2013-09-12 12:15:29 PM
Paris1127:  Ashkenazi Jews

Gesundheit.
 
2013-09-12 12:17:57 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: Let me summarize this article and this thread in one image:

[forums.watchuseek.com image 233x261]

I like cilantro, but you don't have to.


Stop being sensible!
 
2013-09-12 12:18:05 PM
As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.
 
2013-09-12 12:34:32 PM

Nytfall: As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.


Can you make your own?  I don't think I could go a year without it!
 
2013-09-12 12:36:15 PM

peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!


I use  basil-works great!
 
2013-09-12 12:46:02 PM

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


That sounds very interesting, I will try it.  Thanks!
 
2013-09-12 12:49:10 PM

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


Basil sounds good too.  Might be more of a bruschetta vibe then...
 
2013-09-12 12:53:48 PM
Cilantro isn't that good.  I'm pretty sure I don't have the gene that makes people hate it, but as herbs go, it's just meh.  Even oregano is better.
 
2013-09-12 01:04:13 PM

sandi_fish: Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!

Basil sounds good too.  Might be more of a bruschetta vibe then...


If you use Thai basil you'll get more peppery, less herb-y.
 
2013-09-12 01:04:55 PM

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


A little bit of basil is awesome in guacamole (in addition to cilantro, imo).
 
2013-09-12 01:37:43 PM
Thing is, stores sell it in bunches like parsley or some other mild tasting herb.  Unless you are making vat-sized portions, all you ever need is a tiny little bit.  Too many cooks want to use a lot because they have it.

Use the little bit and throw the rest away.  It's not that expensive.
 
2013-09-12 01:48:03 PM

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Thing is, stores sell it in bunches like parsley or some other mild tasting herb.  Unless you are making vat-sized portions, all you ever need is a tiny little bit.  Too many cooks want to use a lot because they have it.

Use the little bit and throw the rest away.  It's not that expensive.


Or grow some, it's great to be able to grab just what you need.  Although basil can only be grown in the summer around here, but I can have thyme, oregano, parsley and rosemary pretty much all year 'round!
 
2013-09-12 01:51:16 PM
When I asked for extra cilantro at a Mexican chain restaurant, and the server didn't know what cilantro was, I knew it was time to get outta Boston.
 
2013-09-12 02:12:53 PM
make me some tea:  yeah F*ck yeah cilantro.

FTFY
 
2013-09-12 02:42:45 PM

Alphakronik: Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.

And pico de gallo isn't salsa.


As someone else already noted, it's also called salsa fresca.

AllUpInYa: When I asked for extra cilantro at a Mexican chain restaurant, and the server didn't know what cilantro was, I knew it was time to get outta Boston.


WTF?!?

Cilantro is a common ingredient in REAL Messican food, which is why it isn't found in pseudo-Messican grub such as as that served at Taco Hell.

/cilantro is awesome. Horseradish sucks.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:20 PM
If your salsa or any of your food requires cilantro, you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-09-12 02:52:49 PM

ReverendJynxed: If your salsa or any of your food requires cilantro, you're doing it wrong.

Messican.

FTFY.
 
2013-09-12 02:53:47 PM

superdude72: Who the fark bothers to seed jalapenos? If a jalapeno is too hot for you, maybe you should give up on salsa and use ketchup instead.


I seeded a jalapeno.  Jalapeno was the nickname I gave to this senorita I met in a Tucson bar one evening....
 
2013-09-12 03:29:09 PM

Maul555: let me guess... An article written by a Californian...  They put cilantro in everything over there...


Pizza. Pizza, FFS!

F*ck you, California Pizza Kitchen.
 
2013-09-12 03:40:39 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Maul555: let me guess... An article written by a Californian...  They put cilantro in everything over there...

Pizza. Pizza, FFS!

F*ck you, California Pizza Kitchen.


God Damn Right!
 
2013-09-12 04:29:58 PM
I dunno I have the "soap" supertaster genes, then after 10 years of off again on again ear infections I lost it and thanks to the damage it did Cilantro tastes fine. until I got the flu then I got it back, then I lost it again.

The point?

oh there is none just like a pointless article and thread that says there is One true correct way to like or eat anything.
If you like  Ketchup on your steak  go nuts if you like your salsa Cilantroless salsa good on you.

I remember when food articles used to be about exposing people to tastes they may not have tried before rather than trying to declare yourself king of food.

./Steps off my Cilantrobox
 
2013-09-12 04:33:35 PM
Cilantro is gross. It is a ruiner of perfectly good food.
 
2013-09-12 04:41:17 PM
I like mexican food. Texmex uses a bit too many peppers, and Calmex uses cilantro. What I dislike is being surprised by cilantro. I know salsa can usually have it, so I try a little bit to see if the taste is too much. My biggest surprise is cilantro in Indian food. Most places I've eaten at don't use it, but occasionally I get a mouthful of awful.
 
2013-09-12 05:58:58 PM

onzmadi: I dunno I have the "soap" supertaster genes, then after 10 years of off again on again ear infections I lost it and thanks to the damage it did Cilantro tastes fine. until I got the flu then I got it back, then I lost it again.

The point?

oh there is none just like a pointless article and thread that says there is One true correct way to like or eat anything.
If you like  Ketchup on your steak  go nuts if you like your salsa Cilantroless salsa good on you.

I remember when food articles used to be about exposing people to tastes they may not have tried before rather than trying to declare yourself king of food.

./Steps off my Cilantrobox


My father-in-law always orders the most expensive ribeye on the menu.  Well done.  Then he covers it in ketchup.  He thinks spaghetti is noodles, ground beef, and ketchup.  No spices, no mixing those three ingredients until they are on the plate.  He also won't eat cilantro, but that has more to do with it being green than it tasting like soap.  I don't have a point, really.  Other than that I hate dining with my in-laws.
 
2013-09-12 08:25:07 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: sweetmelissa31: Dallymo: I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.

Do you have any tips for growing cilantro? I've tried it in the sun, in the shade, and indoors, but it goes to seed right away.

/I go through a lot of cilantro, so it would save me money to just grow my own

I know you weren't asking me, but I've found that if I treat my cilantro like my peppers, it does well.  Well drained soil, and hot hot HOT soil.  Like punch holes in a black garbage bag and lay over the soil hot.  I started doing that a couple years ago after a horticulturist told me that tomatoes and peppers really like the soil around them hot.  It has worked, at least in my very poor but well drained soil.  Other than that, I ignore it and only water when it's really bad like now when we haven't had a drop of rain in 5 weeks and 90+ temps nearly every day.


Mine is growing in an old bathtub in the yard (why yes, we are rather trashy, thanks) where I think it gets its toes nice and warm and stays well-drained.  I'm hoping to put together a cold frame so I can try growing some before and after the usual Oregon growing season.
 
2013-09-12 08:33:59 PM

Nytfall: As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.



One of the reasons we chose to stay in North America versus going to Europe was the lack of Mexican food in Europe.

Not that Atlanta has much good Mexican food, but it's better than nothing.
 
2013-09-12 08:47:10 PM

PainfulItching: Mr. Cat Poop: ransack.: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?

When they prevent you from savoring the awesomeness of cilantro, then yes, yes they are. It's like having a genetic defect in your eyes that don't let you see porn.

Yes, cilantro tastes like athlete's foot to me. Also most fryer oil, unless it is very fresh, is distinctly bitter. Some people are genetically sensitive to certain flavors, sometimes called supertasters, used in product testing. For me, everything has a level of bitter. Even pure sugar. It's a matter of degree. Those "earthy flavors" in vegetables like black eyed peas? Might as well be asphalt. Can't get them down.




Beets?

Pure dirt.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:30 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I wonder if there's any connection between the cilantro good taste/bad taste people and those who can smell bitter almonds/arsenic?  Only about 40% of the population can smell bitter almonds.

hm.....I'll google later if I get time.




Cilantro is made from soap here. Dr. Pepper tastes like crappy almonds.
 
2013-09-12 08:51:58 PM

instantwin: JollyMagistrate: REMEMBER: There is a genetic mutation in some people that causes varieties of coriander and cilantro to taste unpleasant. A minority of people find the taste and smell reminiscent of soap for genetic reasons, with another smaller group being unable to taste or smell anything from the plant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander#Variation_in_taste_response

The article says minority, but this thread indicates a nearly perfect 50/50 distribution between people capable of tasting the beauty of the spice, and those who think fat and salt is all there's needed as flavor.




It's funny, I have noticed that my fat friends seem to love the cilantro.

/fuk that soapy devils weed
 
2013-09-12 08:53:05 PM

Necronic: All you anti-cilantro heathens probably think a taco should have lettuce, tomato, and yellow cheese on it.   Proper taco has cilantro and onions on it, maybe with some onions.

Shun the unbelievers.  Shunnnnnnnnnnn

(also yeah Pico isn't really salsa)




Meh, on a soggy, partially toasted tortilla. Yeah.

/meh
//make mine texmex
 
2013-09-12 09:27:52 PM
... researchers reported success in removing lead and nickel with their cilantro filters, and are studying how well the herb can removed other heavy metals found in the Tule Valley water such as arsenic and mercury. "We are hoping we can look at how cilantro absorbs those metals, and see if those metals work in some kind of synergy when they come into contact with the biomass," says Schauer. "We need to look at mixtures of metals to see if cilantro evenly pulls all the metals out."
How much cilantro would it take to effective make contaminated water drinkable? Schauer says a handful of cilantro will nearly cleanse a pitcher full of highly contaminated water of its lead content.

/came here to say this.
 
2013-09-12 09:54:02 PM

arkansized: ... researchers reported success in removing lead and nickel with their cilantro filters, and are studying how well the herb can removed other heavy metals found in the Tule Valley water such as arsenic and mercury. "We are hoping we can look at how cilantro absorbs those metals, and see if those metals work in some kind of synergy when they come into contact with the biomass," says Schauer. "We need to look at mixtures of metals to see if cilantro evenly pulls all the metals out."
How much cilantro would it take to effective make contaminated water drinkable? Schauer says a handful of cilantro will nearly cleanse a pitcher full of highly contaminated water of its lead content.

/came here to say this.




No wonder that shiat tastes so foul.
 
2013-09-12 10:34:33 PM

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The wife canned me some special salsa last night.  We named it "say my name" salsa in that after eating it, I would scream her name the next morning when I pooped./I suggested Heisenberg salsa, but she didn't get it.

You can either know the consistency of your next shiat, or when/where you will be when it comes out, but not both?

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... or that.
 
2013-09-12 10:56:19 PM
I think theJets should give Dobson a Jets jersey. He certainly earned it.
 
2013-09-12 10:56:54 PM
Woops, wrong thread
 
2013-09-13 12:43:56 AM
Cilantro's awesome - if you have the appropriate genetics. Same thing with thyme - some folks don't handle thyme well, either.
 
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