Questions tagged [spices]

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

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If you boil cumin or other seeds, do the volatile oils get released into the sauce?

As above, if you use fennel, cumin or other seeds whole, will the oils get released into the pot liquid or must one ground the seed then add for the oils to come out?
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To put aromatics at beginning or end of cooking? [closed]

I've read some answers say that you should put things like cloves, black pepper, bay leaves, etc. at the end of cooking a curry, as spices will loose their properties. I notice that Bangladeshi ...
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Is there a “color wheel” for spices

Are there "models" proposing relationships between spices as there are between colors? (I understand that color is based on the physics of light and that there is no (afaik) "physics of flavor". I am ...
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What is the layer on top of my curries?

Sometimes I see a red film on top of my curry. It’s like a grainy layer of film. I don’t think it’s fat because the curry is too hot to solidify by this time. I’m wondering if it’s powder clogging ...
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what is a loose spice?

I read this sentence 'We probably buy a variety of ground spices every month and when packaged spices of our choice are not available, we end up buying loose spices. This increases our risk of ...
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How to cook brown mustard seeds?

Mustard seeds have a rich and spicy flavour and can be used as an alternative to chilli. In order to get this flavor during cooking. say in a curry, do you need to fine ground the seeds and add them ...
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What exactly is “Japanese” Salt and Pepper?

On a recent trip to Kyoto, I was eating at a Beef Katsu restaurant and one of the spices they made available for seasoning was described as "Japanese salt and pepper". The spice blend was mostly ...
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where is the oil in a cumin seed? [duplicate]

Apparently the whole cumin seed contains oil which the ground version doesn't. However when I crunch one down I never notice any oil coming out. Where is it? I would like it to mix with my cooking ...
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Which of these spices do not lose their tang when heated/boiled?

I was looking to substitute chilli for some non capsaicin containing spices. The best items I can up with was paprika, cumin, black pepper, ancho chillies and oregano. Initially I tried black ...
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microplastics from plastic pepper grinders?

I have a regular (steel) pepper grinder but I have defaulted to buying and using the 'all-in-one" bottles of peppercorn with the grinder top' from Trader Joe's. I am hearing more and more about ...
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Find out what spices were used

I have recently been ordering food from a place that has a fried rice that I like a lot. A lot a lot. The ingredients are pretty basic, which makes me think that the spices used in this dish are what ...
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What am I doing wrong that is making my dishes spicier when served as leftovers. Am I not simmering long enough?

For some reason the last three dishes I've cooked seem to get spicer leftover the next day. When they do obtain close to room temp they've all been stored in Pyrex and placed in the same fridge but ...
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Why can you not add herbs and spices powder at end?

As far as I'm aware any herb or spice CAN be eaten raw and hence added at the end of cooking. We cooked a stew with garam masala as we wanted to try something bland. It wasnt very tasteful so I ...
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What spices to use with voluminous oats? [closed]

Voluminous oats (a diet food -- oats cooked with LOTs of water) taste rather plain. I'm already using cinnamon with them, which makes them more palatable. Which other sugar-free spices should I try? ...
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How can I determine how powerful certain herbs and spices are? Is there a list?

I am trying to determine the relative strength or potency of flavour that comes from different spices and herbs. I often find myself lost when trying to blend recipes since certain spices can be quite ...
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What is White Cumin and Green Cumin?

I'm learning about the spice cumin (Cuminum Cyminum) and I understand how it is naturally a golden brown color seed that tastes bitter with a hint of lemon and warmth. I learned that black cumin (...
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Fermenting pickles

I'm new on pickles fermentation without vinager, last week I put three jars with different recipes I found over internet and it said to leave it outside the refrigerator for one up to four weeks and ...
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Exactly which kind of cardamom should I use in pho (phở)?

I have been cooking pho for a while. Pho recipes differ from one another, but one of the most common spice ingredients is cardamom. Having looked at various sources, recipes, and Wiki pages, I feel ...
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Aleppo Pepper + Heat

I'm testing out a meatball recipe with aleppo pepper flakes, and although it's good, I want a little more heat. Do you think adding a touch of cayenne would do the trick? Would it pair well with the ...
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What does “lightly crushed” mean for cardamon pods?

I am currently attempting to make the “Fragrant Spiced Rice Pudding” on page 136 of “Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking.” I am a novice with cooking so forgive me if my question is common sense for those ...
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Is the meat curry powder mentioned for use in Malaysian curry puffs similar to western chili powder

I was going to make some curry puffs following this recipe, in which some "meat curry powder" is used to flavor the fillings. I was just gonna use the regular store-bought curry powder I can find in ...
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What makes this hot sauce last half a year in the fridge?

What makes this hot sauce last half a year in the fridge? (as stated by author @7:40) This recipe uses very little salt, no sugar, no vinegar, no oil, the PH wasn't modified, and it wasn't fermented ...
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What does it mean when adding a little water causes oil to loose its falvour?

I have some oil which tastes one way(due to herbs, spices etc) however when I add even a little water to it the flavor goes. Besides that the water can dilute the flavor it seems more like the ...
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What are the minimum ingredients for a pasta sauce?

I want my pasta to absorb a sauce which consists of herbs and spices only. What are the minimum ingredients that are needed for this? for example do you really need oil, tomatoes, onions or is one ...
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If you add spices to boiling pasta, will it absorb spices/flavours?

If you are cooking pasta via simmering, and you add some spices e.g. pepper to the pot, will the pasta absorb the spices/flavors or will the spices just go to the top of the pot and not really get ...
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Why is chorizo spice-mix rarely sold in stores?

I'm not much of a cook, but I do enjoy anything made with chorizo. I've looked far and wide for pre-made chorizo spice-mix in grocery stores, international food stores, etc., but I've never found it. ...
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How can one make a reasonable curry with limited spices and poor quality equipment? [closed]

When travelling one has to make do with whatever cooking equipment is available. Typical deficiencies I've encountered are: thin saucepans and frying pans that have lost any non-stick coating (maybe ...
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How to counteract sage (in a pumpkin soup)? [duplicate]

I prepared a pumpkin soup with the secondary ingredients being onions, ginger, garlic, cream, chilli, nutmeg, pumpkin seed oil, and sage. I accidentally added too much of the latter. I wish to ...
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Substitution for marjoram in beef birria [duplicate]

What can you use in place of marjoram when cooking beef birria?
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Cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes? Chili powder?

Sorry for the double questions. I'm looking at two recipes of chicken tikka masala and one has both cayenne pepper (1/4tsp) and red pepper flakes (1/2tsp) I can only find red pepper flakes where I ...
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Suggested chili peppers for steeping in alcohol (bourbon, specifically)

I'm looking to make homemade "naughty" and "nice" shots for an upcoming holiday party, using the recipes provided by the Miracle holiday pop-up bars. The "naughty" shot consists of cinnamon sticks ...
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First time and small batch biryani

I've dreamt of making biryani for some time, but have always felt intimidated by the layers and spices I'd need to buy. Any ideas for a small pot version of biryani? My friend's dad makes it ...
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What is the difference between an herb and a spice?

What is the difference between an herb and a spice? I would think an herb is from a plant, but then I have no idea what specifically a spice is. Not being much of a cook, they all seem related to me,...
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Why are bay leaves used whole and then removed rather than crushed up like other spices?

Recently when making a 5-bean-stew "kit" my son finely crushed up the bay leaves and added them to the other spices, rather than adding them whole to be removed after cooking. When I pointed out his ...
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What is the difference between kosher dill pickles and Polish dill pickles?

What is the difference in taste between kosher dill pickles and polish dill pickles? Do they have any visual distinctions that would make it possible to differentiate between them on sight?
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How to balance the spiciness in any kind of dishes

My question is about the spiciness of any kind of dish. I am having trouble balancing the spiciness in food. Sometime salt becomes sharp, and sometimes peppers are too sharp.
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How to mask the taste of cumin

I strongly dislike cumin. Now that I accidentally bought bread that contains it, I wondered if there are any ways to mask the taste. This question is meant to find out general ways to mask cumin, in ...
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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 ...