Culinary use of spices, defined as the edible but non-leafy parts of certain plants.

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What do I do with this spice mix?

We've had these spice mixes for a while, one is for "Meat Masala" and one for fish. The ingredients and directions for the meat masala powder can be found here. The instructions are rather cryptic, ...
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Does Boursin cheese always contain garlic?

Does French Boursin cheese always contain garlic?
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Which fresh herbs goes well with an omelette? [closed]

I'm playing around with omelettes, and was wondering which fresh herbs (and fresh spices) are commonly used in omlettes? Also, are there some that are often avoided? I'm looking for personal ...
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Tiny black bugs in red spices?

About 9 months ago, I found little black bugs in my Hungarian hot paprika as I ran low. The spice had gone from dry and powdery to moist and crumbly. I chalked it up to the dense larvae being in the ...
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Dutch savoury spices and herbs

My family has been trying to work out my late Dutch grandmother's soup recipe since she lost it to dementia. If you have any ideas on herbs and spices to try to get the taste right we'd really ...
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How to use vanilla beans?

I used a vanilla bean in a water-based beverage and did not get any taste. Further research showed that vanilla is apparently oil soluble, not water soluble. I know that it is a common practice to ...
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whole vs ground spices

I'm new to cooking and I just find some trouble understanding these two terms (probably because english is my second language ?). I have tried google but I couldn't find something that would give a ...
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What sour spices are there? [closed]

Are there other predominantly tangy/sour spices, similar to sumac? I'm thinking of things for dressing roasted vegetables, where you might use something like lemon juice, but a dry spice can be more ...
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Replicating Good Seasons brand Italian salad dressing dry mix

I use the dry mix in a ranch chicken recipe. I would like to make my own version from scratch. How would I go about trying to duplicate there recipe so to speak? I've looked at the list of ingredients ...
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How do I bring out the garlic flavor in an oil base?

I make a lot of Indian food, so the preparation begins with a base made of onions, ginger, and garlic. I start by frying the onions in oil and then adding ginger and garlic as the onions begin to ...
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What spice in Asian food makes me sweat and my nose running?

What spice in Asian food makes me sweat and my nose runny? I highly appreciate it in those cases where I've caught a common cold or anything the like, just when the original impact is too low so that ...
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How to make homemade pinto beans taste like canned refried beans?

I see plenty of advice out there on how to make canned pinto beans taste delicious, but does anyone know how to recreate that cheapo refrito taste? I've tried countless combinations of freshly cooked ...
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How do you get the flavor out of dried peppers?

A recipe calls for dry chili peppers for my Moroccan fish. I know sweating fresh chili peppers will release the flavor, but how do you release the flavor of dry spices like dried chili peppers?
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Does it matter when you add the salt? [duplicate]

Spices create aromatics so it is important when to add them. But what about salt? Is it critical if you add salt to the flavor base instead of adding it to the tomato paste, or adding it to the ...
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What is the shelf life of herbal ghee: at room temp, fridge, or freezer?

What is the shelf life of herbal ghee? At room temperature? In the refrigerator? In the freezer? (Does ghee even freeze well?)
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What is the approximate shelf life for herbal infused olive oil, coconut oil, glycerin, or vinegar?

What is the estimated shelf life (assuming you keep it in a dark place) for: 1)herbal infused olive oil? coconut oil? 2)herbal infused vinegar 3)herbal extract made from 50% glycerin in water (and ...
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Other 'hot' spices

The restaurant assured me that there was no chilli in the food but it was still too hot for me. What other spices, etc. can cause the heat effect in the mouth? it was a Sri Lankan restaurant, very ...
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Equivalent of cracked fennel seed to ground fennel seed

I have a recipe that calls for a 1/2 cup of cracked fennel seed. If I wanted to use a light ground fennel seed what would be the equivalent? Thanks!
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Homemade Taco seasoning recipes [duplicate]

The homemade taco seasoning recipe calls for cumin powder but I dont have that seasoning what can I use to replace the cumin powder any suggestions?
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Add spice then oil, or oil then spice?

When I'm cooking chicken, steak or fish, I normally sprinkle on the spices first and then add the oil. Is this the right order, or would it be better to add the oil and then the spices? Also, does it ...
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Solubility of herbs and spices

I am asking this question for reference mostly. My motivation comes from having a chef suggesting to place the saffron in white wine before using in a fish soup to "make the most of it". He said ...
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Difference between ground cloves and clove powder?

Is there a difference between ground cloves and clove powder? Can I easily substitute one for the other?
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Is there a reason for storing ground spices separately (unmixed)?

I always use the same spice mix for dal. Instead of taking 1-2 tsp of each, I would rather keep a special container for the dal of the ready made mix in the proportions I want. Is there any reason ...
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Forgot to add spices to curry

I made a jalfrezi today for tomorrow and I forgot to add spices, (cumin, tumeric, paprika). Is there a way I can add them now getting the most from them?
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Is there a way to experience pepper's endorphins effects without the burning sensation?

When preparing dinner, my friend and I sometimes argue over the amount of pepper. It is often ‘too hot’ for him while I enjoy the heat effects (endorphins) of capsaicin (chili peppers) and piperine (...
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Does toasting and grinding whole spice really improve curry flavor?

It seems to be common knowledge that "toasting is better" when it comes to spices. But the other day I noticed my toasted-and-freshly-ground coriander smelled pretty weak, and I ended up boosting the ...
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Which spices should be bought whole vs. ground?

I have a coffee grinder which has been excellent for grinding spices, and I'm currently transitioning my pantry from having many packaged ground spices to more whole spices which I can grind as needed....
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When spicing rice, should you add the spices in the water beforehand or after the rice has cooked?

Newbie cook here. I use a small inexpensive rice cooker to cook my rice. Are you supposed to add your various spices to the water when you put the rice in the pot? Or should you add the spices in at ...
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The three Cs - spices with chicken

I watched a TV programme that was talking about a particular combination of three spices which are often used together, especially with chicken. The TV presenter said that they were used together so ...
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How do I add spice after cooking gravy?

I have made chicken gravy. It tastes good but I think adding a little more spice to my gravy will be fine. Can anyone say how to add more spice to it after cooking?
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What do these additions to common spice mixes do with your dish?

Where I live, supermarkets sell all sorts of "spice mixes" for specific dishes, like "taco mix" or "spaghetti mix". I used to buy these, but then at some point started experimenting myself and stopped ...
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Using Vinegar to Cut down on Spice

I've read recommendations on cutting down the spice of a sauce using butter, oil, fat, yogurt, and cream; however, I've tried all those and they don't seem to do the same type of balancing as adding ...
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The next level of spices (Indian cooking)? [duplicate]

Normally Indian dishes are spiced up with chilli, turmeric, coriander and pepper and that seems enough for most cases. However when I go to the supermarket these days, there seem to be too many exotic ...
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Why does tilapia and swai fish taste like catfish?

I have been cooking fish for over 40 years. Catfish is a fish I can not stand. My family buys and loves tilapia and swai and no matter how I cook, grill, bake, fry, season, marinate, flour it, ...
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How do you finely grind coriander seeds?

Whenever I grind coriander seeds the outside seems to separate like a husk and doesn't grind well. I use a pestel and mortar. Is there a trick to getting finely ground coriander?
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Should I actually add nutmeg to eggnog?

Where did adding nutmeg to eggnog come from? I've tried nutmeg before and can't really taste anything other than nog. So where did the idea of adding nutmeg come from?
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Oil temperature for flavor extraction?

A little context: I make craft chili oils for friends and family. I use a two-step infusion process. First, I infuse the oil for flavor with spices. Second, I add dried chili flakes into the flavored ...
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Do I always have to peel garlic?

Is it safe to prepare ginger garlic paste without peeling garlic skin ?? I always peel garlic which is a labourious and time taking process. I would like to know whether if it is ok to make paste ...
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What herbs and spices are used in Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Has anyone here with an apt awareness of flavors been able to work out some of or all of the herbs and spices that are used in Kentucky Fried Chicken? I feel I can taste paprika but I wonder what ...
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Substituting cayenne for red pepper flakes

My wife does not like alternating textures, or "surprises" in sauces. Thus I need to make certain concessions when cooking for her. She does not like crushed red pepper flakes, but will readily take ...
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How is one meant to treat fenugreek seeds?

The last time I used fenugreek seeds, they and mustard seeds were the first into the pan, followed by onions, then other vegetables. I expected them to soften a bit and release their flavor, but they ...
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Ingredient Identification: Hong Kong restaurant spicy spice

I was at a fast food restaurant in Hong Kong which was apparently popular for its spicy dishes - there were cartoons on the walls and lots of red peppers everywhere. It looked like a chain, sort of ...
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How do I make sure spice mixes don't make my curry grainy?

I'm making a curry, with an unknown dry mix of spices (smells remind me of cumin, turmeric and cinnamon) in the form of a powder. When I've used it before though it's ended up grainy. Have I been ...
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Does lime juice make jalapeños less spicy?

I make guacamole with a whole jalapeño and the last time it was hard to mash so I poured lots of lime juice in this time. It was hardly spicy at all. Did the extra lime juice make it less spicy?
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What determines the variety of paprika to use in recipes?

Spanish smoked paprika is powerful stuff that can enhance or overpower a dish. How do I judge when, how much, and which type of paprika (Spanish, Hungarian, sweet, hot, smoked, etc.) to use?
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Help! Chicken and Wild rice soup needs some extra flavor [closed]

I made a creamy chicken and wild rice soup for the first time following a recipe I found online. However, now that it's finished, I think it needs more flavor. The only seasonings I used was a the ...
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What can I use as a replacement for cumin?

I've just run out of cumin and rather than go to the shops for more I wonder what I could substitute for cumin? I'm making a lentil soup, which calls for sweating onions and the finishing the onions ...
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What is 'Musk' as used in this recipe

I recently made this truffle ravioli dish, it was an easy enough recipe, but I was confused about one thing: it calls for 'musk'. I didn't know what this was, my research only turned up musk melon, ...
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What is the best way to find a reliable pepper mill?

After someone posted a link to a hand-turned coffee grinder, I was reminded that I needed to replace my pepper mill. My third one in about seven years. After reading the 1 through 4 star (and skimmed ...
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Homemade nori -> aonori?

In the USA, sheets of nori cost about 7 cents per gram. But it's 140 cents per gram online as a powder, "aonori," an essential topping for takoyaki and okonomikayi. (My town of 100,000 has several ...