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

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How to store tamarind paste?

I bought some tamarind paste the other day, and I am wondering how should I store it once opened, as the package does not say anything special. Should I put it in the fridge? Store it in an airtight ...
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Why do cinnamon sticks taste sweet?

I often nibble on a cinnamon stick because first of all I like the taste and the smell and secondly it seems to help in weight loss. How comes that cinnamon sticks seem to taste sweet, even though ...
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Oil separating from fried onion/spice mixture, why does it happen?

I was always taught when cooking Indian dishes to fry spices in a chopped/pureed onion and garlic mixture to release their flavour and essential oils. I was also taught that when the oil separates ...
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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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Is wasabi considered to be spicy or to be a spice?

I was just talking to a friend about what to eat for dinner and he said he didn't want anything spicy. He then mentioned that Japanese food doesn't have anything spicy and I said "Wasabi". ...
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How is it that (temperature) heat makes some seasonings and foods (spicy) hotter, but mellows others?

Toasting many spices,and heating some peppers increases and brings out the spice and heat. Other foods, such as onions, shallots and garlic (yes, I know they're from the same family; just can't think ...
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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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Why do we boil whole spices when making masala tea?

I've heard that people prepare chai masala by boiling whole spices instead of using a ground masala spice mix. After preparing it with whole spices, I doubt that 10 minutes of boiling will release ...
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Döner Kebab Spices?

I'm trying to replicate the spice mix used for Döner Kebab. I am interested in spice combinations from any area. However, I am most interested in which spices are used to prepare it around western ...
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Recreating a Mexican spice blend I have bought

I previous bought a pre-made spice blend from a health food store which I absolutely loved however its $5 per 30g which is pretty expensive so I was thinking I would try and recreate it. The ...
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How can I prevent cross-contamination when applying a dry or wet rub to meat?

In either wet or dry rub prep, if you use both hands, you will have likely contaminated the rub by the end. How can I prevent this from occurring?
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Does vanilla really bring out the flavour of other foods?

I can't count the times I have heard that vanilla brings out the flavour of other foods. For example it "makes chocolate taste more chocolatey," etc... I have also heard that it's the only spice that ...
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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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Flavor and Chemical Composition of Thyme

What is the flavor of Thyme? What chemicals give it this flavor?
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Will paprika taste good in my soup?

I've been making a soup that has an onion + garlic + carrot + celery + flour base, and then chunks of sweet potato and potato as well as barley added. I've been spicing it with salt, pepper, garlic ...
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How to determine quality of spices

I know using spices while cooking is often subjective and you would use spices that you deem appropriate for certain dish but it is undeniable that when you do use them, you should use fresh and good ...
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Is curry ketchup just ketchup with curry powder?

We use both tomato ketchup and curry ketchup as condiments in Belgium. On the curry ketchup label, amongst other ingredients is "curry (1%)". So I tried adding curry powder to regular ketchup to see ...
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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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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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How can I spice up ground beef without using pepper?

I cooked up some good-quality minced beef yesterday with salt, onion, and breadcrumbs. (I wrapped it around hardboiled eggs and baked it.) I didn't use any pepper because I have allergies, and I ...
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What dishes don't stain with heavy spices?

In most Indian cooking, there is a relatively high chance of staining the dinnerware (plates, serving bowls) due to the high turmeric content. Dinnerware made of metal don't stain, but the heavy ...
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Which other spices besides cloves will react with plastic?

I am reading that cloves can cloud the plastic in my grinder at Cooking for engineers Does this happen with any other spices?
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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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Suggested edible quantity/scaling of Habanero Pepper per pound of meat

I would like to use habenero pepper in a chili, but would like to know how many fresh peppers / pound of chili should I use to maintain an edible chili or another what amount is safe to start with. I ...
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How can I keep saffron fresh for longer?

We don't use saffron that often. The last batch we got went stale. Is there anything I can do to preserve it for longer? (For example, our spice rack gets a lot of direct sunlight, is that bad?) How ...
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What's a good molasses-based glaze for pork tenderloin?

My wife and I cooked a pork tenderloin with a molasses-based glaze/sauce this evening. However, we didn't care for it, not because of the molasses but because the recipe called for ground cumin—turns ...
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After how much time do ground/powdered spices start losing their flavor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shelf life of spices Suppose I grind the mustard + cumin + pepper seeds and keep them covered in a bowl, after how much time should I expect them to lose their flavor? ...
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What are the ingredients (spices) of Sri Lankan curry powder?

In the following accepted answer you can find the ingredients of the Indian curry powder. I usually cook with Indian curry powder, however, I recently received some Sri Lankan curry powder. The ...
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Painted Pony beans pate

I'm going to make a pate using Painted Pony beans as a base. I want to add roasted walnuts, but I don't know whether basil and garlic would be acceptable to put to the dish. Would this make for a ...
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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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Will storing spices on the oven affect flavor or anything?

The back of the oven is raised from the stove top and sits against the wall, forming a small shelf which is a very convenient location to store spices for use when cooking. Sitting there are things ...
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Best spices to use on minced quorn in spaghetti sauce and other recipes [closed]

As a vegetarian, whenever I have to use minced meat I use minced quorn. But quorn does not add any flavour to dishes, only texture. What are the best "base spices" to add to the quorn when using it ...
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In which kind of food items can Asafoetida be used? [closed]

I have heard about the medical benefits of Asafoetida. I used it once in Brinjals (which while cooking contained only Ginger powder, Fennel powder, salt and red chilli powder). The addition of ...
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How do I make cumin and herb cheese at home?

I would like to make cumin and herb cheese at home without using any special cheese-making equipment. At what stage should I add my cumin and herbs? Which herbs should I use? Should I use fresh or ...
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What type of Paprika is the generic stuff one buys at a grocery store chain?

I have read this very good link on the differences in paprika, but I did not learn all that I need to learn as far as buying these different varieties. When I go to my grocery chain to do my weekly ...
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Why do vegetables cooked with freshly ground spices taste better than those cooked with powdered spices available in the market?

I used to use powdered spices (purchased from market) for all my vegetables. Lately I have started grinding the spice seeds myself to use in the vegetables. I have noticed a remarkable "taste" ...
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Udon soup seasoning

What is the name of the seasoning traditionally available for the diner to add to their Udon soup and what is in it? I'm referring to the (I think) mix of spices that add a bit of a kick to the soup. ...
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Spice combination(s) excluding salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, onion/garlic/alliums? [closed]

What spice combination(s) work well for someone who (for health reasons) can't have salt, oil/butter, sugar, msg, vinegar, or alliums (onions, garlic, etc)? This person is additionally (for religions ...
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Can I use green cardamomm pods and ground cardamom interchangeably?

I have some green cardamom and would like to use it in dishes such as Indian-style rice pudding. Can it be used in place of the standard ground cardamom bought in an American grocery store?
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Can an American substitute for garam masala be made?

I love Indian food and have been experimenting with curry recipes, and many of them ask for 'garam masala'. I know it's a spice mix but I can't find it for sale anywhere around me. I've also read ...
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How to treat your saffron right?

Similar to this question, but not the same (by the way, I like Hobodave's answer). What's the correct way to treat saffron to get most of the flavor? I've seen the following methods: Let 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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How to distinguish nutmeg freshness?

Does nutmeg come with a good-before date? How long can nutmeg stay good? Is there a way to 'see' (observe) how old the nutmeg is? I'm asking because I bought a bag of nutmeg seeds and one was moldy. ...
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What should I do with too-dry vanilla beans?

A few weeks ago, I bought a few vanilla beans to make mint ice cream. I only needed one, so I put the other bean back into the glass container it came in. Today, I was having a hard time using the ...
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Is Anise a substitute of cumin

I need cumin for everything I make, but its not available where i recently moved. However anise is available, and someone told me that cumin can be substituted by anise. Is this true?
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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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Removing turmeric stains from white plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove turmeric stains from metal/plastic cookware? I had tried detergents to remove some light turmeric strains off a plastic but after it failed then someone ...
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How to clean dill?

I have some fresh dill. How can the 'leaves' be easily separated from the 'stalks'? Should they be separated (I think so, but what do I know)?
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What is included in “Spices”

In the U.S.A., when a product's ingredients include spices what can this legally cover?
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What is the way to make a powder of red chilies?

I purchase green chilies and in some days many of them turn red. Can I use my mixer-grinder to grind them into a powder, or is there some other way? Do I have to roast the peppers before grinding? ...