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post #1 of 13
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I've been making pizzas for a few days now from scratch, or mostly anyways. The first time, I forgot to add the herbs to the sauce and my mother said it tasted like dirt. :cry: The strange thing was that the pizza slices that my father and I ate didn't taste like dirt.

The second time I made pizza, it came out fine.

The third time I made pizza, I really globbed on the herbs. However, when I ate it it really tasted like dirt. It was almost too bad tasting to eat. I honestly don't know what on earth is causing this problem, but if I make pizzas for friends, I don't want them to eat a dirt pizza.

Can anyone illuminate this quandry? I have no idea what's going wrong here.
post #2 of 13
I don't know what you mean by "tastes like dirt". To me, beets taste like dirt (but I still love them). Crayfish and wild catfish taste like mud, but they live in mud and beets grow in dirt, so those foods have a reason to taste like they do. I'm thinking the culprit might be dry herbs, if that's what you're using. Some of the herbs used in Italian food, especially oregano can get very bitter if you use too much or they are old. You don't say what you're using for toppings, but there may be a hidden culprit there. Pizza is usually pretty fool proof, so I'm not sure what's going on here. Maybe some more info will help someone figure it out. Dry herbs should be stored in a cool, dry place away from light. Some people recommend replacing every three months, but Penzey's Spice company says there's only one herb crop per year, so unless the herbs are stored improperly there is no reason to replace them more than once a year as you're just buying the same crop you already have.
post #3 of 13
I re-read your post and noticed that the first pizza had no added herbs. Did you make your own sauce or use a marinara or other prepared sauce that contained herbs? If so, it could be bitter herbs, or, to me anyway, too much basil makes things taste like mold. My other guess would be mushrooms. Are you using mushrooms, and if so, what type and how many? Are you using Italian sausage that might contain some herb culprits?
post #4 of 13
You could taste the herbs plain, just a little bit, to see if there's any semblance to a dirt taste
post #5 of 13
It can't be the herbs that SC is adding - there were no herbs the first time. It can only be some variation in the toppings - maybe using portabello mushrooms and some dirt is clinging to some parts but not others?? Clutching at straws here.

It's a bit like working out a food allergy - you've got to eliminate things one at a time to work out what's causing the problem.

Come on ShiningChef - give us some more info :) What you putting on them there pizzas?
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post #6 of 13
SC,
Was reading on another thread about odd tastes in Italian food... here's a quote:

I heard that Italians hate black pepper because there's an Italian saying that goes: Basil and pepper do not make a good marriage. In other words. cooking with both basil and pepper is incompatible. Ever since I heard that, I have taken out black pepper in my Spaghetti sauce and found it did eliminate an aftertaste i did not like. So I guess, if you like cooking with basil you have a hard time incorporating pepper.

Are you using basil and pepper together? It might be worth avoiding.
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post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
By "taste like dirt", I mean it tastes like dirt. I'm using your normal tomato sauce as the sauce and threw in some onion, chunks of tomato, etc., but I know I washed them really well, so I'm not sure how the dirty taste could have gotten on my pizza. I tried the herbs just plain and it didn't taste like dirt to me, or anyone else. The only thing I can think of would be the flour. The first time I made the dough, the recipe gave me the wrong amount of water so I had to add tons of flour to make it workable. The second time, I used a different recipe for the dough. I got it just right and it didn't taste like dirt. The third time I accidentally put too much flour on the surface I used for making the dough into a pizza shape. The question is why the flour would cause a pizza to taste like dirt, assuming that is the culprit.
post #8 of 13
How are you cooking the pizza? A stone?
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post #9 of 13

has your flour got a bit damp

it might have accumulated mould spores , that can sometimes give you a wet earth smell and if thats the case then chuck your flour out and start with a fresh batch , make sure you clean your flour container really really well and make sure its very dry before you put any more flour in it
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post #10 of 13
When I opened this thread I thought you guys were going to talk about the Dirt Pizza desert. I think its made with oreo cookies or something. My only advice would be to taste the sauce your herbs are in first before you put them on the pizza or make a small bite size pizza for yourself to see how everything will taste after its cooked. A taste test.
post #11 of 13
you can taste a bit of the flour - you'll be able to tell if it tastes dirtlike. Tasting each ingredient separately will make it possible to determine where the bad taste is coming from.
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post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'll try that, of course I'm completely out of flour since I've been baking a lot lately. This is quite a perplexing problem.
post #13 of 13
burnt flour on the btm would leave an off flavor.
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