Questions about the use of salt, spices and other flavorings to create the desired flavor in the final dish. This tag is not intended to include questions about the care of cookware. For cookware questions please use [tag:seasoning-pans].

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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 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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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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Why do so many desert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many deserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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How can I cook more flavorful Chicken through and through?

When I cook chicken, the flavor seems to be concentrated in the skin. But when I get a rotisserie chicken from Costco, it seems to be very flavorful through and through, beyond just the skin. I've ...
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How long can I let a steak rest after seasoning and before cooking?

I read over at Serious eats that when seasoning a steak, you either need to cook it immediately after salting, or after 40 minutes and more. (To sum up the article, this is due to a process of ...
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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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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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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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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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Help with ground beef seasoning: flavors are weak

So I routinely serve up very simple style burritos in my apartment (beef, sour cream, cheese and white flour tortillas), and I've grown well past the days of using pre-mixed seasoning packets to ...
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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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What determines the 'saltiness' of salt?

I've bought two brands of salt that are completely different in terms of 'salt' concentration(not sure if this is the correct terminology). I realized this because I needed three or four times more ...
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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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Can I use garlic leaf for cooking?

I planted a garlic clove and now I have a nice garlic plant. The question is: Can I use the leaves to season food safely? The leaves smell like garlic and I wonder if it's okay to use them dried, ...
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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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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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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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What herbs and spices pair well with baked Salmon? [closed]

I'm about to bake a salmon in the oven and I want to know what are some good herbs/spices that I can rub or sprinkle on the fillet. Which herbs, spices, or other seasonings tend to pair best with a ...
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Seasoning for Ground Meat

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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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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What are preaseasoned cast iron pans preseasoned with?

I'm shopping for new pans right now and keep seeing cast iron advertized as "preseasoned". What does this mean? What are they preseasoning it with?
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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 to add flavouring ingredients to steamed or boiled veggies?

I'm a newbie cook from to prepare the nightly dinner for my wife and I. I usually have a meat and stream or boil sweet potato, corn, Brussels sprouts, asparagus or broccolini. It occurred to me that ...
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How do I get seasoning to stick to home-popped popcorn?

I've been popping my own corn and I want to season it with salt, but when I sprinkle it over the popcorn it just ends up at the bottom of the bowl without taking to the popcorn. How could I get the ...
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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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Whale carpaccio, what type of spices and garnish to use?

I'm making whale carpaccio tomorrow for a friend's birthday, and I don't know what type of spices and garnish I should use for this delicate and flavorful meat. What are some good flavour pairings ...
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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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Herbs and spices that complement cream of mushroom soup [closed]

On Monday I will be making cream of mushroom Soup at school and I would like to make it the best possible. I will be making a mushroom stock as its base. Are there any specific herbs and spices that ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What's the best way to learn what each seasoning is?

For example, Iike cayenne pepper is spicy and marjorum has a smoky flavor. I just want to learn the different flavors of each seasoning, so I can know exactly what seasonings to use for the different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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What are some seasonings that can spice up a bland frozen chicken alfredo?

Tonight, the main course is: Red Baron's Chicken Alfredo. The problem is that it's a little bland so I'm trying to figure out what the best seasonings will give it more spice, or at least a more ...
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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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Should meat be seasoned before or after cooking?

When should meat be seasoned? I heard that salting meat prior to cooking draws out the moisture but I have noticed that a number of chefs season their meat prior to cooking.
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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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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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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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What are common flavor preparations/pairings of scallops? [closed]

I've never made scallops before and I bought a frozen bag of them from Wal-Mart (I know, not the best kind). Do I just add some salt and pepper? I've no idea. I don't want to wrap them in bacon..
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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 ...