Questions about the use of spices, herbs, salt and other flavorings to create the desired flavor in the final dish. See also [tag:salt]. For questions about seasoning cookware (e.g. cast iron) please use [tag:seasoning-pans].

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Do I need to season a stainless steel saute pan?

Okay, I received a nice stainless steel saute pan for Christmas and in looking around online there are people that say I need to season it. Most of the techniques I've seen involve oil and salt and ...
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How do I make a really flavorful turkey burger?

Since turkey burgers don't have a lot of fat, you lose a lot of the flavor that you get with beef. Also, you have to make sure you cook them through (170 degrees), so they tend to dry out. What are ...
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Stainless steel pan too hot?

I have been cooking with my stainless steel pan for a while, and have tried many techniques to prevent sticking. Hot pan then oil did work to some extent, but I still had trouble with eggs, potatoes, ...
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Methods for seasoning wooden spoons?

Any tips for seasoning wooden spoons? I found a couple different methods on the web but they vary quite a bit. What I've done so far is to sand the new spoons starting with 280, then 320, and ...
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Wok patina comes off

I got a flat-bottomed iron wok a few weeks ago at a local Asian supermarket. I seasoned it on my electric stove, based on information I googled up: heated it up, put a thin layer of peanut oil on it, ...
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Is there a difference between seasoning and flavouring?

I find the meaning of the word 'seasoning' slightly elusive. Before I started to take cooking seriously, I'd have said that any herb or spice used in cooking could be called a seasoning. Without ...
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How do you season/prepare a wood plank for Plank Grilling?

I wanted to Plank Grill a Salmon, after hearing about how much Jarrod enjoyed it: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/23/besides-salmon-what-other-meats-can-be-grilled-on-a-cedar-plank How ...
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Why are salt and pepper the “classic” dinner table seasoning?

Is there a reason we use salt and pepper on so many dishes and they can be found in any kitchen table at dinner time? Does it have to do with their flavor synergies, or were they just more available ...
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Pre-made seasoning to add to rice in rice cooker to make rice more flavorful? [closed]

I've looked all over for this and not found much. Chipotle resturant adds lime and cilantro to their rice, some folks put Saffron. I thought "gee there must be others". Any other pre-made seasonings ...
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Too much cardamom in apple butter

I put too much cardamom in the applesauce that I'm cooking down to make apple butter. Will the cardamom flavor mellow as the sauce cooks down or should I add more applesauce to dilute it?
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What are proper methods of cooking stovetop lentils?

I've had lentils that are cooked through but retain their form, as well as lentils that are cooked down into an almost blended substance. What's the origin of each type of preparation, and when is it ...
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Best practices for cooking steaks such as rib-eye at home [duplicate]

I am looking for a best practices advise on cooking steaks such as rib-eye or club steaks at home so they come out similar to those at steakhouses. Oven or Pan? How about the seasoning and cooking ...
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The importance of timing to adding spices

From beer making, we learn that the earlier in the brewing process we add an ingredient, the more it contributes to taste, while the later we add the ingredient, the more it contributes to aroma. ...
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“Post-marinating”? Is it a real term or do my taste buds deceive me?

Two nights ago I cooked some chicken on my George Foreman grill, just plain (a bit of non-stick spray but that's it). Then I chopped it up and put it in rice and stuck it in a tupperware for lunch ...
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Seasoning Cast Iron Pan but without Using Bacon or Lard [duplicate]

I just purchaced a new cast iron pan, it is my first. I was wondering if there is a way to seaon it but without using bacon (I do not eat bacon for the same reasons Jules, in Pulp Fiction, does not ...
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What is Italian Herb Seasoning and what can I use as a substitute in this recipe? [closed]

Is Italian Herb seasoning a specific type of seasoning and can I buy it premade at my local grocery store? Also, I am cooking a recipe that calls for: 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves ...
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How to cook already cut roast beef

I am a new cook, and I want to freeze roast beef for later use. So I cut it in 2cm pieces. I never cooked roast beef before and realized that it is cooked as a whole. What can I do now? Should I ...
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How can I avoid overpowering my food with cumin flavor?

I am by no means a chef, I just cook dinner at home most nights. I like the flavor of cumin and use it in some of the food that I make. Perhaps in a mushroom sauce, melted into the cheese for nachos, ...
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Matching herbs with meats [closed]

I'm well aware of how well rosemary and lamb goes together, but apart from that I'm a bit clueless. Is there a web page or something out there which can tell me what meat goes well with what ...
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Seasoning Chili for Young Children

We have a 3 year old toddler who is not a fan of spicy foods. She doesn't like heat of any type, and doesn't like strong flavors. How can we season a turkey chili to keep her happy, and still make it ...
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How to know whether the default coating on the iron cookware has totally come off?

http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/29609/6168 But you can't season a pan "on top" of the wax coating. The real seasoning would stick to the wax, and when the wax melts, the seasoning will come ...
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How to season iron cookware on gas stove?

Often I hear that after applying oil on the cookware you need to bake it in the oven on a certain temperature. What precautions need to be taken if I intend to season the cookware on gas stove? ...
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Is there any truth to the idea that you shouldn't multiply seasonings when multiplying a recipe?

I often hear cooks discuss that idea that if you are multiplying, say, a recipe for 4 to be a for 32, that you shouldn't multiply some herbs, spices, or salt. I've never understood any reason why this ...
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Why salt AND pepper and not salt and/or pepper

Which is to say--narrowing things down--do the two actually have any mutual enhancement effect, such as, say, in the manner in which salt can fool the tastebuds into perceiving sweet as even sweeter? ...
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best way to preserve ricotta?

I buy ricotta in large quantities (1kg) and I'm always throwing it out when it gets yellowish on the top border, and I'm pretty sure that yellow stuff is toxic. Since I always eat ricotta with lots ...
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Is it a good idea to grind dried oregano with a mortar and pestle?

Someone explained to me that I could increase the surface area of my herbs significantly when grinding them in a mortar with a bit of salt. It is indeed quite easy to grind them down to a powder. I do ...
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When to add seasoning to oven-baked french fries?

When baking French fries in the oven, either from a frozen package, or made from cut potatoes, is it better to add seasoning, such as salt, pepper, paprika, etc., before placing the fries in the oven ...
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Does salt-seasoned pasta and starchy water in my sauce have to yield a salty sauce?

When cooking pasta, there are a couple of techniques that I like to follow--individually they yield great results, but when combined they interfere with one another to produce an inferior product. ...
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How is sassafras used in flavoring?

I have several large sassafras trees that I would like to use for flavoring. What part of the tree is used? How is it prepared? How is it used?
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Are MSG and Accent (Seasoning) the same thing?

Can the seasoning Accent be substituted for MSG, for example in General Tso's Chicken?
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How can I fix a mole sauce with excessive cinnamon?

I made an Oaxacan-style mole and went too heavy with the cinnamon stick. That flavor is now too prevalent. How can I fix this? I was thinking about adding some chicken stock and tomato sauce. Your ...
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Minimal tasty preparation of raw chayote

I've got a couple of chayotes that I'd like to try raw. I've never had chayote before, but from what I've read, they're pretty bland when raw and require significant seasoning to be tasty. How do you ...
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Ways to learn to season food correctly?

What is a good way of learning how to season food correctly? Are there some foods which are particularly bland until seasoned correctly that can be used to 'educate' your palate as to what is ...
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Getting better in the kitchen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources for a beginner learning to cook So, I really want to improve my talent in the kitchen. I think I should start with the basics though. I've always concentrated ...
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What does adding dark rum give to a fajita stir-fry?

I'm looking at a recipe for a fajita stir-fry that includes an optional 2 tbsp of dark rum. The introduction for the recipe mentions, Latin spices combined with the optional kick of dark Jamaican ...
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Seasoning for Ground Meat [closed]

I am trying to figure out how to season the ground meat in my goulash. Here are the ingredients that are in the dish. What seasonings would be best so that the dish comes together nicely? Other ...
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How can I add a strong orange flavor to my dishes?

I love the taste of oranges, and I'm looking for ways to introduce that flavor into some of my cooking. I've tried adding orange juice and pieces of orange when frying or baking, but I find that ...
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Uses for brewers/nutritional yeast?

I grew up putting this stuff on my popcorn and absolutely love it. I recently found out that you can also put it on salads that have a vinaigrette dressing and it's also delicious. Are there other ...
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Reducing the saltiness of commercially prepared seasoning

I've been cooking a certain brand of noodles, and noticed that the seasoning provided is quite salty than you'd expect. Is there a way to reduced the saltiness without a noticeable change in flavor? ...
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Seasoning steamed vegetables (in particular potatoes): advisable?

We're going through a healthy-eating phase at the moment, and this includes eating a fair few steamed vegetables. Unfortunately I find steamed vegetables (especially potatoes) can be painfully dull ...
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'Phorons' for Dahls

I love dahl. In India (where my folks were from) there are an almost infinite set of combinations of dahls and corresponding phorons* (spice-seasoned anointing oil/ghee) But I only know a handful of ...
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Making stovetop potroasts

I just made a pot roast on the stove, vaguely following this recipe. My altered ingredients list would look something like this: some quick sprays of oil on the saucepan and meat while searing ...
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How to taste hamburgers for seasoning?

How would I make sure that my hamburgers (or any food unsuitable raw) tastes good? With other foods, it is possible to adjust the spice proportions according to taste, but I would not taste the raw ...
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What seasonings give ranch dressing its distinctive flavor?

I've always wondered this. Is there a collective set of seasonings that equal "ranch"?
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What spices are used to make a mexican fajita seasoning?

I'm trying to make my own homemade fajitas, for both vegetarian and non vegetarian tasters. I know they have grocery store pre-mixed fajita seasoning, but I'd like to know how to make my own.
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Is there a secret to flavouring with herbs

I am a strictly amateur cook. Most of my output is OK, certainly edible, but I seem to lack the ability to impart flavour through herbs. I can throw in an inordinate amount, but still no flavour ...