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

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Cinnamon or cinnamon and sugar

Does cinnamon go bad? I have a small jar of cinnamon and sugar and some of the people in my family are absolutely religious about the best by date.
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Why do creamed sauces often contain nutmeg?

Many recipes for creamed spinach to cream of broccoli soup contain nutmeg. Why does this spice compliment such sauces so well?
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berberis vulgaris vs berberis aristata

I was reading about zershek (dried berberis vulgaris fruit) in Iran and being Indian , I searched if this is grown in India. I found that berberis aristata is grown in Himalayas and it's fruit is ...
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Fresh spices vs Dried spices

I am new to this community and I have a question in mind. Spices like garlic , cinnamon etc after drying lose the volatile oil content in them. [HERE, HERE] Though We see fresh garlic in market ...
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What are the different distinct groups of spicy [duplicate]

I remember being told once long ago that there are 7 different types of spicy: -Capsaicin (chilli) -Horseradish (Wasabi) -Ginger -Mustard -Cinnamon -Garlic -Cloves These make a bit of intuitive ...
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How to contain the smell of truffle spice?

From our trip to Venice, Italy we brought home some truffle spice. It says "truffle powder" on the small container and mainly consists of salt, flour, truffle and dried mushrooms. It smells ...
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How much mace to use for a sauce?

I am making a quart of sauce and want to use just enough mace that it can be detected. How much should I use? Is there a general set of guidelines of quantities of spices per volume of sauce?
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How to toast whole nutmeg to put in coffee?

Playing mad scientist a bit, I tried putting some ground nutmeg in coffee, and I really thought it tasted neat, especially with brown sugar. I think it'd taste even better if I used whole nutmeg, ...
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How to grate cinnamon using a microplane

What is the best way (force/position/type of cinnamon) to grate cinnamon sticks using a microplane? I've tried several times, and although I get a finely ground, very aromatic powder, it took me five ...
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Is allspice traditional in the Levant?

From the Wikipedia entry for allspice: Allspice is also indispensable in Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly in the Levant, where it is used to flavour a variety of stews and meat dishes. I am ...
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When you simmer certain spices in fat and water, where do the spices/nutrients go?

I'm referring to ingredients like cumin, coriander and tumeric. If you have a fat and water mixture, both the fat and water will seperate i.e. fat moves to top. Will these ingredients and their ...
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How to take care of a wooden mortar and pestle?

How to maintain a wooden mortar and pestle? I just got it, and understood I need to first oil it to seal/protect it from keeping the taste of what I grind, which makes sense. But how to maintain it ...
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Substituting birds eye chilli with carolina reaper

I like to cook asian dishes. I recently found some carolina reapers on the supermarket and bought it on impulse. What can I do with them and can I substitute them in place of Birds eye chilli in ...
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Simulating the discontinued Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt?

Lawry's Roasted Garlic Salt was simply the best spice I've ever had. And had I known it was discontinued I would've bought a few cases. If you're familiar with it can you recommend something similar....
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What is meant when a spice is water-soluble?

Coriander and basil are said to be water-soluble. However, I'm not quite sure what this means. If you put the leaves into water the leaves do not dissolve. They are still there at the end. I know ...
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Why are some dried (dehydrated) lime fruits black and others tan brown?

Whole dried limes (Limoo, Omani) come in either black or a tan brown colour. Black has a stronger flavour but what the reason for the difference? Some say that black coloured dried limes are smoked ...
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How significant is the Pickle Spice blend to a corned beef?

I was out of pickle spice and Kroger did not have it. So I looked up a few recipes and averaged them with the spices I had on hand. I used ground ginger and apparently that made the solution cloudy, I ...
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What makes up the typical “spice drawer needs a deep cleaning” scent?

This might be considered a half humorous question, but I am still curious here. There is that typical smell that clings to your hands after rummaging around in or tidying a typical spices drawer/box/...
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How do you make a deep spicy flavour that leaves you wanting more?

I'm not sure if this is going to make much sense and I apologize in advance, but hopefully someone understands what I mean. So my problem is with spice, such as when I make curry, I'll add chilli ...
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Does turmeric have a definitive taste?

I’ve made recipes that included turmeric, and I’ve read articles about its health benefits, but I’ve made the same recipes without turmeric without any noticeable taste difference - the lovely color ...
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Seasoning won't stick to baked potato chips

I've been trying to make homemade baked potato chips, I have figured out everything, except how to get the seasoning to stick to the chips. The recipe I'm using, calls for you to toss the chips in a ...
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Is it normal for hot mustard oil to foam strongly when ingredients are added, and why does it?

I noticed that my mustard oil (of indian brands, as bought outside india, from specialty grocers carrying indian ingredients) tends to foam/bloom much more than other strongly heated oils when adding ...
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Do spice containers need to be hermetic?

Spice containers purchase I'm planning on upgrading my spice storage. Reading some advice online (e.g. article 1, and article 2) I came to the conclusion that spice containers should: Not be exposed ...
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Which spices are best fried in oil, which are best toasted and which are best cooked in water? [closed]

I've been learning a bit about spices and experimenting a little with dry toasting and frying spices rather than just adding them all to the water component. I keep reading that some spices go best in ...
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Seasoning advice for seitan to replicate gyro meat

I am looking for a seasoning recipe to flavor seitan so that it tastes like gyro. I have tried products on the market but all have been disappointing. The most successful recipe I have tried is the ...
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Unknown long-term spice

On my visit to India, I ate occasionally a dish with some spice in it which did not have a really spicy-hot taste (compared to other, really spicy-hot Indian food). But, in next two hours I felt heat ...
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Harissa powder to paste

How much harissa powder would be equivalent to one teaspoonful of harissa paste? I have tried to look it up online, but all I can find is "add water and oil to reach the desired result", e.g. here. ...
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Why stud an onion?

Why do some recipes call for studding onions, i.e., cutting little slits in the onion and putting cloves in? For example, when I cook a big piece of meat like cow's tongue, what difference would it ...
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Is berbere supposed to be bitter?

I tried making a popular Ethiopian spice mix, berbere, following a recipe by Marcus Samuelsson. I followed it exactly, only making a few modifications. 4 tsp corainder seeds 2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1/2 ...
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Which parts of star anise to use for grinding?

I want to use star anise and need to grind them using a mortar and pestle. Should I use the whole fruits including both the seeds and the much harder to grind pods too? Do the pods contribute equally ...
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Do I need to remove clove stems before grinding?

I have whole cloves and need to crush/grind them. Should I break the berry parts off the much-harder stem and just grind that, or is the whole thing meant to be used? (I'm using a mortar and pestle, ...
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I have a recipe that calls for 5 leaves of tarragon, how much dried should I use? [duplicate]

I have a recipe that calls for 5 leaves of tarragon, how much dried tarragon should I use?
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How to cook with capsaicin and avoid chemically bombarding my housemates?

I tend to add a copious amount of spice to the meals I make. I mostly cook simple stir fries with high heat. Whenever I add ground cayenne pepper or liquid hot sauces, the spice seems to aerosolize. I ...
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When i marinate pork with spices and vinegar , can i also add the sauted onion paste overnight with it?

When making pork vindaloo the recipe says to marinate the pork OVERNIGHT with a mix of spices ( fried and made into a paste with a tablespoon Vinegar ) , the second part is to saute onions till they ...
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do szechuan peppercorns get stale?

I've got some Szechuan/Sichuan peppercorns that don't make my lips numb or tingly, even when I just chew on several of them for 10 seconds or so. I would expect that they would. The jar smells good. ...
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Spice Mixture for a Hiking Trip [closed]

I am going on a long hiking trip soon and would like to take one container of spice mixes for outdoor cooking. I have the following spices at my disposal, all ground: Black pepper, Turmeric, Red (...
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I need a translation from Moroccan to English

My mother brought some spices back from her holiday in Morocco but I can't seem to find a translation of them they are Cuorre Pikante Pimante Negra Pimante Rojo Kanela Comeno 7 Especais Mexta ...
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Spice with no Flavor or Aroma?

I lost the label on a bag of some sort of spice, and trying to figure out what it is got me really curious of what it possibly could be and what use it could ever serve. It is light brown, even ...
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Solubility of turmeric powder

I wonder if anyone mixes turmeric in milk, almond milk or water, and if you still have those insoluble bits interfering in the beverage. What I've been doing is mixing milk, turmeric powder, honey ...
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Cleaning out a smell

Trying to clean out the spice cabinet and I want to re-purpose a shaker from a chili powder based mix to a cinnamon-sugar (it's made principally of plastic but has wire mesh screen). After a couple of ...
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Substitute for horseradish?

What are some good substitutes for horseradish? I've heard mustard is one, but I still struggle a bit to see how it would do a very good job... Anybody ever try mustard with success? I've also seen ...
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What is this Sichuan chili powder?

I am researching the following ingredient. I did some googling and found some info at this url. It's under the heading "Chili Powder from Sichuan Province". http://thewoksoflife.com/chinese-spices-...
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Homemade Dill for Charity [closed]

I really want to make my own dill to put in my spaghetti sauce for a charity luncheon I'm hosting. Do you fellas/ladies have any tips? How should I get started? And the middle? What about the end?
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Brewing kefir with powdered cinnamon

I've been experimenting with brewing with kefir. Fruit and fruit juice produces a nice tasty result but I would like to use ginger, nutmeg and a lot of cinnamon. The common answer for using cinnamon ...
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How to stop spices burning when browning meat?

I was browning seasoned chunks of lamb in a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and found that by the end there was a large mass of oily black spice mixture in the bottom of the pan.
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Recipe asks for “15 cardamom pods, crushed”. Do I keep the shells?

do I just crush the pods in a pestle and keep the pods in or do I remove the seeds from the pods and then crush them? this is for a flavouring for grilled chicken
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Which kinds of closures for spice and herb containers exist and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

I have an extensive collection of spices and dried herbs, which I store currently in apothecary bottles with a cork stopper. Most websites that deal with closure types focus on the differences for ...
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Is there any advantage to combining spices before applying them to meat?

Up to this point when preparing steaks, ribs, or any sort of "meat" I would apply my spices in sequence: first adding salts, followed by a pepper-based powders, and lastly some sugars (if applicable). ...
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Should I peel turmeric?

I want to know whether there is any need to peel the skin of turmeric from a palatability, taste, food safety or hygiene standpoint? Is there any relevant nutrient content, above that of the turmeric ...
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How to clean a mill

My girlfriend and I moved into a new flat together and now we´ve got at least 2 salt- and 2 pepper mills. We only need one of each kind and I wanted to ask, if somebody knows a good way to "clean" the ...