Questions tagged [seasoning]

Questions about the use of spices, herbs, salt and other flavorings to create the desired flavor in the final dish. See also the [salt] tag. For questions about seasoning cookware (e.g. cast iron) please use the tag [seasoning-pans]. Note that questions on flavor combinations (as in, "how should I season X", or "what seasoning goes with X") are off topic. This is a general site rule that goes beyond this tag.

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Taco Seasoning + Mustard smells like pickles

I made chicken burgers seasoned with taco seasoning mix, black pepper, and mustard. After letting it marinate on the meat for a while there was a strong sent of pickles. What might be causing it to ...
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What was McCormick Country Chicken Bag Seasoning? [closed]

My family loved McCormick Country Chicken Bag Seasoning. They would request it on the menu by name and there were rarely left overs. And I loved how simple it was to mix the seasonings with water and ...
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Dot's pretzels seasoning

I made a batch of homemade Dots pretzels (pretzels with garlic salt, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, etc.) They turned out to be too salty. My wife thinks that we can keep the same amount of seasonings ...
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Spice blends have no flavor?

I recently purchased a local taco spice blend (basically: chili pepper, paprika, garlic, cumin and oregano) but it tastes bland when I cook with it. In fact, I often find this when I try to use spice ...
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seasoning meat overnight with crème fraîche? [duplicate]

What does the crème fraîche do? thanks The day before you want to serve this dish, season the beef shoulder with salt and ground black pepper, and put the beef in a nonreactive container, such as ...
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What is the expiration on Morton salt substitute?

From what I read it says online the use by date is 5 years. It is composed of potassium chloride, fumeric acid, tricalcium phosphate and monocalcium phosphate. I don't understand how these chemicals ...
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Seasoning steak with broiler salt

I’ve always wanted to season a steak by just applying kosher salt before putting it in the bbq grill. A few months I tried using this technique (https://www.thespruceeats.com/seasoning-your-steak-keep-...
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What is "layering flavors"? What does it accomplish and how do I do it?

Recently I've been into cooking videos and tutorials and something that stands out to me is this concept of "layering flavors" that some chefs use when they add ingredients. Example: We're ...
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Preventing flash rust after tempering a carbon steel wok

After just 2 days of using my new carbon steel wok pan, I noticed something suspicious inside it: Looking back on it, it was probably just burnt oil and nothing to worry about. However, I mistook it ...
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How to season home-made cheese?

I have made my first ever cheese (a very basic recipe: heat the milk to 95C, add citric acid, drain the whey, press together - see below), now I need to season it. I definitely need to add some salt. ...
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I started cooking my steak before adding seasoning, how can I save my meal?

I was having a busy day yesterday and wanted to cook a small sirloin steak. I preheated and oiled the skillet, patted dry my steak, got distracted by my dog, and put the steak in the skillet, ...
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Season fried rice with soy and teryiaki sauce the first time you cook it?

I'm about to put some rice in the pressure cooker, then I will put in the fridge over night then fry in a wok and season with soy and teryiaki sauce. I'm wondering how would it be different if I put ...
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Is there such a thing as a dish being bland from too many flavors?

My girlfriend has asked for my opinion on a few dishes that she has been experimenting with, and not being particularly well-versed in the language used to discuss food, I have been having trouble ...
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Why does salt and seasoning stick better to hot foods?

In every recipe I see for fries, popcorn, churros, and other foods where I normally want to add the salt/sugar/seasoning at the end, everybody says to make sure to do it while the food is still hot so ...
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Add sugar to Taco Seasoning?

Do I add sugar? So many people have told me they put sugar in their seasoning and I don't understand why. What does sugar provide to this recipe and how much should I experiment with? This is the ...
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Flash Rust Under Wok Seasoning

This was my first attempt seasoning a piece of cookware. I used the following approach: I scrubbed the wok down on both sides with a scouring pad and dish soap. I then heated the wok up and moved ...
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Dried herbs instead of bouquet garni?

I've only recently heard about bouquet garni via a recipe I want to try, but I don't always have access to fresh herbs. This particular garni calls for two bay leaves, one large sprig of sage, and one ...
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Does adding un chopped garlic add any flavor at all?

In Italian cuisine, garlic is put un chopped if not cut in small pieces. I personally doubt it could give a lot of taste during a short Sautee. Is that correct and what are the actual differences of ...
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When seasoning a cast-iron pan, should you let the oil smoke?

I've looked at seasoning guides online, and they all say that to season, you need to heat the pan to 350 degrees Farenheit. However, some oils have vastly different smoke points. If my oil starts ...
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Can I still use my Worcestershire sauce?

So we have this Lea&Perrins Worcestershire Sauce from the past 6-7 years ago. And I would like to really know if it is still safe to consume? I've done my research but I'm still not sure if I ...
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Can I eat a sauce that ruined my carbon steel pan seasoning

I cooked a sauce of dry spices, coconut milk, ginger root and lemon grass in my steel carbon pan. I finnished the sauce of with the juice of one lime fruit. I thought that the coconut milk would ...
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Seasoning a granite mortar and pestle, with intuition for the steps and their order

There are many procedures for seasoning a new unpolished granite mortar and pestle from Thailand. Some sites recommend: Wash without soap and dry completely Crush garlic, maybe with salt and ...
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Should I pre-season meat with salt even if it's skinless?

I read a lot of mentions of pre seasoning meat with salt 24 hours before cooking, with the idea that it draws moisture out, which can make the skin crispy when you cook it. I've also heard that it can ...
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Seasoning chicken in sous vide?

Question: should chicken be pre-seasoned or post-seasoned when sous vide-ing? See my results below, but please post your own preferences and results as well.
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Brand new grill pan was seasoned but food taste rancid/metallic?

Bought new cast iron grill pan from Bed Bath etc and seasoned it per videos on FB. Then used for first time tonight and something is off. Grilled asparagus tasted rancid or metallic and the pan smoked ...
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How much salt in "liberally season"?

I've been reading and watching content about cooking and when the instructor says, "liberally season with salt", I am left clueless as to how much I should apply. As a complete novice in cooking, I ...
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How much should I season meat before sous vide cooking?

I’m referring mainly to salt. I’m starting to Sous vide steaks and chops etc. I do a fast hard sear after the sous vide is finished. When the steak comes out of the bag I pat dry very thoroughly ...
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Can cast iron with non-metal components be seasoned?

I have a cast iron mortar and pestle, but only the interior is raw cast iron - the outside and part of the handle are enameled, and the majority of the handle is covered in some kind of hard rubber. ...
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How to keep seasonings from separating in soup

I’m cooking soup that consists of chicken broth, water, creme, butter, and puréed vegetables. When we add the seasonings (sage, creole, etc), after a while the seasonings all float to the top. I was ...
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Making a vegan potato-puree like course without whole potatoes

I live in Thailand in which potatoes in retail supermarkets can be a bit expensive because of a bit low demand due to low traditional usage in local cuisine. In my opinion in Thai bazaars the price is ...
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How to remedy an over-brined turkey?

Left turkey in brine too long. The meat is very salty and I want to remove the salt. I do not know what to do to reduce the taste of salt. What is the process to reduce the overly salted taste?
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Using parsley and thyme in a brine

I have a recipe for a brine that says to include a bunch of parsley when adding the ingredients to the boil. My question is, do I add the parsley whole, with the stems, or should I still separate the ...
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What are some ways to season that don't rely on garlic and onions?

I am looking for some alternative ways to season food. I am very familiar with currying, pesto, and chili. My difficulty is that each of these relies on onions, tomatoes and garlic. What are some ...
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How much salt do potatoes absorb when being boiled?

My mashed potatoes are always bland. I’ve googled recipes and a lot of them say to put a teaspoon or so of salt in the water to boil them. I’m a bit worried about using so much salt. What I’d like ...
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Chicken: How to prevent spices/seasoning from burning on Pan?

Newbie cook here, I use stainless steel but it seems to be a paradox on this. I am using bone-in chicken thighs and a dry lemon-pepper rub that I put on the chicken. Pat it dry/let it cool down ...
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How to Save Overly Salty Tapenade

I made a tapenade with the following ingredients: kalamata olives, capers, anchovy, garlic, thyme, lemon, olive oil. Although I rinsed the olives and capers (as per the recipe) the result is pretty ...
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Are residues from seasoning coating harmful when using carbon steel pan?

I seasoned this carbon steel pan a few months ago, but after several times I cooked, the seasoning coating started to flake. I wonder are the residues harmful? Can I remain the way it is or should I ...
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How could I cook industry like foie gras?

I would like to learn the industrial skills that allow them to achieve such successful commercial products like the cheap and addictive foie gras. I know that in many cases, it is required to have ...
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Is there a trick to getting spices to fix to raw almonds?

I am trying to make a hot / spicy almonds using raw almonds and cayenne pepper. Is there a simple non-messy way to get the cayenne pepper to stick to the almonds? I imagine I could mix the almonds ...
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How to make good quality onion powder at home?

I chopped some onion and put it in an old gas oven. It had 3 issues: Some pieces or parts of pieces are burned while other pieces are still not dehydrated. It sticks with the bottom of the aluminum ...
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What does "season it to taste" mean?

I hear chefs like Gordon Ramsay say this and many, many others. When a chef has boiled potatos or bacon or spinach... Be it my family or Betty Crocker ... What are the "seasons" they are talking ...
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Is it redundant to add umami to tomato-based sauces?

On the wiki page for umami, it says that tomatoes are "rich" in umami components. Does that mean it is redundant to add umami (such as monosodium glutamate) or soy based flavorings to tomato-based ...
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Season rice in Zojirushi

I have a fancy new Zojirushi cooker and am trying to figure out the best way to make rice. I didn't see anything in the manual referring to salt, or any seasoning at all (except for the 'mixed' ...
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Why isn't "pasta" water salted in Chinese cuisine?

I'm American-born Chinese and my parents never salt the water in which they boil noodles and there's never been an issue - at least with my palate - with seasoning or the texture of the noodles w.r.t. ...
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How much and what seasoning to should I use in a turkey brine?

Brining at its basic level is about opening the cell structure of the meat with salt and allowing osmotic action to take effect and allow the meat to become a bit juicier and bring a salty flavor to ...
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Salting meat before simmering

Recipes for beef stew generally call for salting and peppering the meat before browning, then simmering for a long time. How is that different from browning, then adding the same quantity of salt and ...
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Which herbs are cooked and which go raw, when making fish pate

I'm cooking a salmon pate. I intend to use parsley, rosemary, garlic, pepper and lemon as seasoning. I'm not sure which of these I should cook with the salmon, and which should go in the blender? ...
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Is there a special reason why dry rubs are meant to work with grilling over other cooking methods?

I notice that dry rubs are meant to work best with grilling. Why is this the case, why can't they work well with something like frying?
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Failed griddle seasoning

I have a viking stove in a house I recently purchased. It has a griddle, I cleaned it with a grill stone using oil while it was cold (the griddle). It cleaned well. Next, I used flax oil to season ...
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Why did rust appear after my first layer of seasoning?

I have a brand new, unseasoned, cast iron dutch oven and an older cast iron skillet. I wanted to prep both for some upcoming camping trips. I found online that flaxseed oil seemed to be the best ...
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