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

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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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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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Need help identifying 2 ingredients in homemade chicken biryani

I am very fortunate to work in an office where I am one of about 3 caucasians for around 100 people originating from Asia. Yesterday, we had a pot luck, and one of the dishes was a fantastic chicken ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 should I know about storing my homemade chili powder?

I am planning on making some chili powder this weekend using ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers. I got a nice big bag of each recently and have some questions about chili powder. The second part of ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How long does ginger root last?

I bought ginger root months ago, and I didn't use all of it. I've kept it in the fridge and it still seems good. How long will it last?
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Coriander substitute?

I have a recipe where one of spices I need to use is coriander. What other spice can I use to substitute coriander and don't change taste very much? In the recipe coriander is used to season meat ...
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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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Substitute Cayenne Pepper for Black Pepper

My recipe calls for Black Pepper. I have Cayenne Pepper. What ratio should I use to substitute to get approximatively the same "heat"? I realize that the result won't be quite the same. I am fine ...
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Pimenton ahumado vs. Pimenton de la vera

Besides the noticeable cost difference between these two, what is the difference between pimenton ahumado and pimenton de la vera? Both are purported to be Spanish smoked paprika.
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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 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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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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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 can I prevent spices from lumping together?

I notice that sometimes, some of my spices become one hard block. I have this especially with my garlic powder, in a smaller degree with my chili powder (that contains the same garlic powder). I'm ...
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What can I do to add more flavor into my beef barley soup?

This time around my beef barley soup is tasting a bit on the plain side. It has the right amount of saltiness but is lacking in the flavorful department. The ingredients used thus far have been: Beef ...
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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 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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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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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 ...