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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 48
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2013-09-11 11:48:02 PM
6 votes:
The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.
2013-09-11 11:17:27 PM
6 votes:
Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.
2013-09-12 02:01:38 AM
3 votes:
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.
2013-09-11 11:58:07 PM
3 votes:
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.
2013-09-11 11:54:05 PM
3 votes:
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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.
2013-09-12 09:39:01 AM
2 votes:
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 09:37:13 AM
2 votes:

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 07:31:10 AM
2 votes:

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 05:48:57 AM
2 votes:
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 02:45:31 AM
2 votes:

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 02:36:40 AM
2 votes:

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 01:00:35 AM
2 votes:
If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.
2013-09-12 12:08:00 AM
2 votes:
I'm a cilantro lover.   I disagree with soaking the onions, that sulfuric bite is an important flavor element.
2013-09-12 12:01:11 AM
2 votes:
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.
2013-09-11 11:48:32 PM
2 votes:

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


I find Irish Spring has a more similar flavor

/finely shredded, of course
2013-09-12 09:25:54 AM
1 votes:
You know what goes great with cilantro? Agent Orange.
2013-09-12 09:19:04 AM
1 votes:

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 08:50:32 AM
1 votes:
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 08:31:23 AM
1 votes:

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




No one needs evil soap weed.
2013-09-12 07:55:50 AM
1 votes:
Cilantro farking sucks and it ruins anything it goes into.
2013-09-12 07:51:01 AM
1 votes:
Mmmmm, soap.
2013-09-12 07:46:46 AM
1 votes:
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 07:34:56 AM
1 votes:

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 07:24:36 AM
1 votes:
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 07:15:00 AM
1 votes:

doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.


This...
2013-09-12 07:08:54 AM
1 votes:
Cilantro sucks.
2013-09-12 06:57:28 AM
1 votes:

Mr. KnowSomeOfIt: You know what? Fark cilantro.

2013-09-12 06:54:04 AM
1 votes:
a vile weed
2013-09-12 06:33:35 AM
1 votes:

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 06:30:29 AM
1 votes:
Added cilantro to my salsa, guacamole AND my rice (cooked w/bay leaf, added salt, lemon, lime, and cilantro!).
2013-09-12 05:51:25 AM
1 votes:
2013-09-12 05:50:06 AM
1 votes:
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 05:41:17 AM
1 votes:
There is no such thing as too much cilantro.  fark the haters!
2013-09-12 05:38:06 AM
1 votes:
Cilantro tastes like a moldy dishrag.  It is known.
2013-09-12 05:30:35 AM
1 votes:

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 05:23:06 AM
1 votes:
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 05:11:48 AM
1 votes:
Tank degreeser tastes better than cilantro; such a foul weed.
2013-09-12 05:06:00 AM
1 votes:
I think most things don't use enough cilantro. Double cilantro for me please. MOAR~
2013-09-12 03:19:09 AM
1 votes:

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 02:53:52 AM
1 votes:
This thread has taught me I can use cilantro stems to appease you genetic mutants.
2013-09-12 01:00:42 AM
1 votes:
You know what? Fark cilantro.
2013-09-12 12:46:00 AM
1 votes:
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 12:41:50 AM
1 votes:
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 12:12:24 AM
1 votes:

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 12:10:10 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-09-11 11:57:01 PM
1 votes:

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


Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.
2013-09-11 11:31:49 PM
1 votes:
Gotta have cilantro.
2013-09-11 11:20:45 PM
1 votes:
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...
 
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