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

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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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Where do you buy Indian spices online?

I want to learn to cook some Indian dishes. It would be preferable to know that the spices are from sustainable agriculture. Sedona, Arizona. I did some googling and didn't find any local spice ...
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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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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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Toasting spices with and without oil

After heading to my trusty Indian market yesterday I was speaking with the owner about how awful fenugreek seeds are uncooked. He suggested (with black mustard seeds and cumin seeds) to throw them in ...
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Chicken in Tin Foil in the Oven: Any tips or advices on spices or wrapping?

[I'm an amateur that experiments.] I recently realized I like chicken wrapped in tin foil after using salt, pepper and oregano on it, in 250C for up to 2 hours. Also, I used sliced lemon on parts of ...
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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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Why is garam masala in many curry paste/powder recipes?

Garam masala, of course, is a blend of warming spices. However, many of those spices are listed individually in recipes for curry pastes and powders that also call for garam masala. Since most garam ...
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Differences/Similarities between cinnamon and nutmeg

I read a while ago that nutmeg and cinnamon are really similar and you can easily substitute one for the other. Yet many recipes call for both cinnamon and nutmeg so it seems like there must be some ...
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What is the spicy kick in “Kraft Tangy Spaghetti” box meal?

So, since I've lived at home, there has been a boxed spaghetti mix that has always been especially good to me. The thing I like about it is a subtle heat of some kind of pepper or spice. I've tried ...
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Anise Seed vs. Fennel Seed with Taste as No.1 factor

I've noticed that in some recipes Anise seeds can be used interchangeably with Fennel seeds. I understand their taxonomical differences but in regards to taste, can they be used interchangeably ...
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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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What's a good resource for knowing what spices are and what to use them in?

I know what spices like garlic and black pepper are, and what foods you typically put them in. But spices like cardamom, rosemary, thyme, paprika, etc., completely elude me. I haven't found a good ...
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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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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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Convert seed based measurements to pre-ground?

I want to use a recipe that gives ingredient measurements based on the spice seeds. My local grocery store does not have at least half of the ingredients in seed form. But the store does have them ...
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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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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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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 does dried cilantro relate to fresh?

Is coriander dried cilantro seed? Has anyone used dried cilantro, and if so how does it compare to fresh cilantro. I assume fresh is better but please describe the difference (less pungent, etc...)
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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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Using kalpasi (which is also known as Black Stone Flower) in a biriyani?

Can we ground kalpasi (also known as Black stone flower) be added to a masala for marinating chicken/mutton for making Hyderabadi Biriyani? Will it taste really good; does this spice add good ...
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Getting flavor powders to stick to nuts

I've just checked for some recipes online on how to make flavored (in particular, hot and spicy) peanuts. It seems that in every one of these recipes, there has to be some kind of roasting procedure ...
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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 is the correct temperature when extracting saffron flavour?

I have several recipes that call for saffron. Obviously, they all say to put the saffron in some water to extract the flavour so it spreads more evenly in the dish. However, there is no mention of the ...
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What is the world's hottest pepper?

I'm growing some bhut jolokia peppers, and they are almost ready for harvesting. However, I've since seen that the naga viper pepper has beaten the bhut jolokia as the hottest pepper. I've also seen ...
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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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How much Saffron to use?

I'm a bit confused with how much saffron to use in a paella recipe. I've seen numerous recipes that state to use 1gram. However I have a 1gram jar and that seems like a lot of saffron to me. I've ...
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Will Cinnamon ever dissolve in a cocktail?

I have this idea, that making a cinnamon, vanilla and brandy cocktail would be delicious, and it is. But it is also kinda grainy. What I have been doing: In a 500ml glass, add 15m brandy, add 1/2 ...
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Can I substitute green cardamon for black cardamon in curry?

There is a curry recipe I am following right now and it says i need black cardamon. I live in an area that is a little difficult to buy all the indian spices. My local market only sell ground ...
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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 ...
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Why “Yeast Extract”

I'm having dinner at a popular burger joint, and the have their house seasoning on the table. It includes "Yeast Extract". What would be the reason to include this in a season?
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What is this fungus/lichen in my Garam Masala? (“Trifle”/truffle?)

I just bought a lovely bag of Garam Masala, and was all ready to grind some when I got home! But when I opened it, I found something I didn’t recognise — at first I thought something had gone mouldy, ...
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Is there any diminishing return on grinding spices for a “tea”?

I'm actually making root beer, but I've found the best way is to boil herbs and spices the same way one would make a tea, and then I add sweetener, leave it to chill, and use a carbonation device to ...
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Skimming foam from stock without removing floating spices

When I make chicken stock from scratch, I like to include whole spices like mustard seed, coriander, star anise and black pepper. I put these in right at the start when the water is still cool, so ...
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Preparing Meats using Dry Rubs

I have recently begun testing different types of dry rubs in preparing meat dishes. What base ingredients (outside of spice blends) should I be looking for in a good quality dry rub? If it is ...
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Name of a greek spice that sounds like “bakari”

Many years ago, we brought back from Greece a spice that was suggested to us for preparing the Moussaka. The greek who sold it to us called it "bakari". Now we have used all our stock and I've tried ...
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What is ground red pepper?

I have the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking. I've now come across two recipes that call for "ground red pepper" (enchiladas and a dry rub). I've never heard of ground red pepper before and ...
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White pepper vs. black pepper

Other than color, what is the difference between white pepper and black pepper? I thought it was purely a color thing so that black pepper wouldn't ruin the color of, say, a white sauce. We tried ...
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Recommendations for spice organization strategies

Spices have always been the hardest thing for me to keep track of in the kitchen. I'm interested in specific recommendations for hardware (containers, labeling, shelving, etc.) and organization ...
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What herbs and spices should a beginner cook have? [closed]

What herbs and spices should a new cook purchase? These should be versatile herbs and spices that are used in many dishes.
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Which red pepper to use?

I am making clam chowder and the recipe calls for black pepper, salt, parsley and red pepper (1/2 t). SHould I use ground cayanne pepper or red pepper flakes?
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Chili and bell pepper substitute due to allergies?

I recently learned that I am allergic to ALL forms of pepper except black pepper. Bell peppers, chili peppers, etc. I am allergic to and it makes my throat swell up. I have several recipes using ...
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How to reduce the masala taste from chicken roast

We cooked chicken roast and we cooked it in three batches. this is for a party. Good thing- OF the three batches two of them turned out to be pretty good. Issue- The third one turned out to stand a ...
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How to stuff and/or spice the chicken BELOW the skin?

Recently watch a cooking show, and in one of the recipes (before cooking the chicken) the instruction was to put the spice below the skin of the chicken. How to do it? Does it have some special ...
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What are appropriate spices/herbs for spinach? [closed]

Tonight, my mom prepared spinach and we were discussing what spices go well with spinach. I google'd a bit and I found 'nutmeg' on some sites, but it seems like a strange combo to me. Honestly, I ...
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What herbs and spices are in “Italian Seasoning”?

I'm beginning to grow my own herbs and would like to put together something similar to the "Italian Seasoning" found in the grocery store spice section. (It's an easy way to add more flavor to pasta ...