Questions tagged [spices]

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

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Can I save my vinegar soaked caraway seeds?

I prepared some quick-pickled onions (the variety that you only keep in the fridge for a few days) and used a "boil the vinegar then pour it over" method. I accidentally dropped about 40g of ...
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What spices need to be cooked before use due to food safety concerns?

I recently purchased a home curry kit which comprised of various powdered spices (including chilli, cumin, coriander etc.) and a separate curry sauce. To use, the meat or veg is fried until browned, ...
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Why does my curry taste flat

I made a curry using onions, garlic, tomato passata, coconut milk, coriander (leaf and ground), cumin, cardamom, star anise, ginger and chilli powder. I tasted it and it felt like it was missing ...
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Is sassafras root and licorice root the same thing?

I don’t want to make root beer I just want to know if licorice root and sassafras root are the same thing.
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What is the name of the tool which involves a ball inside a sealed container that is shaken to grind up spices?

I have seen a tool which is in two parts. In either part, you place both the plastic ball that comes with the tool and spices. You then screw the two parts of the tool together (it's plastic, it's ...
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Minimum time/temp for clove-flavor infusion?

I'm tweaking a recipe for cooked eggnog. The first step is to bring a combination of milk, light cream, and cloves to a scant boil. After that, the cloves are discarded. I want to see if I can get ...
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Is Moulin Rouge Ground Cinnamon the Cassia or Ceylon type?

I bought this big container of cinnamon a few months ago and I can't find any info as to the type of cinnamon it is: Cassia or Ceylon. Can anyone identify the type of cinnamon here? https://www.amazon....
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Spice blend replacement?

I have been using something called "Tandoori Blend" from spice hunter for years, but they don't seem to make it anymore. :( I don't think it's a regular tandoori, since it's colored more ...
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What is this seed pod?

Every now and then I come across this seed pod when I order Baingan Bharta (aka Punjabi Eggplant) from my favorite Indian restaurant. They're roughly 2cm (3/4 inch) long and about as thick as a ...
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How can I make a really gingery cookie?

I have tried various ginger cookie recipes over the years, for gingersnaps, gingerbread cookies, pfeffernusse, and most recently pepparkakor. I never find the cookies to be spicy enough—I assume, not ...
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Is there a guide for the purpose of each spice?

I'm wondering if there is a guide image or website that just lists most spices and what their purpose is, sometimes I don't know what spices to add to my food and it would help
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Grinding toasted spices without cooling

It is recommended when roasting whole spices in Indian cooking to cool them before grinding into a powder. Why do you need to wait for the spices to cool and what happens if you don’t?
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Can I substitute ketchup with tomato puree in marinades?

I want to experiment with various marinades the first time, and I've found great recipes but some of them require the use of ketchup. While it sounds awesome, I find it unhealthy and prefer not to buy ...
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Is there some "trick" to be able to eat jalapeños without getting an "upset stomach"?

As a young teenager, I used to eat pizzas full of jalapeños and Tabasco on them, and very much enjoyed the spicy taste. In my mid-to-late 20s, I started feeling really sick when I ate these, even ...
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How to neutralize spicy vapors if inhaled during cooking to stop nostril burning sensation and coughing?

Yesterday I did something wrong when adding some pepper flakes into an extremely hot pan with oil. The air around me instantly got spicy, and everyone standing in my kitchen or within its vicinity ...
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Do certain spices really go bad? or will people without refined palates usually not tell the difference, specifically chili powder?

All my seasonings/spices are at least a year old (most several years). I recently threw out nearly a full bottle of paprika because it was so strong (thought it went bad). I realized I was just ...
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Do different "regions" really have a "general common taste"?

I have now numerous times heard things such as: In the final step, the factory adds custom spices for the specific region for which this batch of hotdogs are supposed to be sold. It is strongly ...
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What determines spice level in Indian cuisine?

When I dine out for Indian cuisine, I prefer to order my food hot on the mild/medium/hot/spicy scale. This question is two-fold. For cooking Indian cuisine at home, what ingredient do I adjust (from ...
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In what order should I put various "masalas" in chicken curry?

In what order, should I put the various masalas (en:spices) in my general Indian-style spicy chicken curry? I have the following: Chicken masala Garam masala Jeera masala Chilli powder Dhaniya masala ...
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What was Country Herb Chicken Sauce Blend?

An old hand-written recipe calls for one package of "Country Herb Chicken Sauce Blend", a presumably retired McCormick product. The recipe is quite similar to this one: https://www....
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Name of an herb or spice that is small, dark spines [closed]

My question is about an herb that my mother used in her spaghetti sauce, and that I did as well using her recipe... And neither of us can remember what it actually was. I remember the flavor, but ...
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How to preserve ground spices? [duplicate]

As soon as you grind a spice, it gets exposed to air and starts to lose its potency. I'm trying to figure out how I can grind them and reduce/prevent this from happening. I guess you could put them ...
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Do I need to grind Ceylon Cinnamon sticks for coffee/tea, or can I add them whole?

I got some Ceylon Cinnamon sticks, but I haven't purchased the coffee grinder yet. I was wondering if I could add the sticks whole when I brew coffee or tea. If so, how much per cup? Do I need to ...
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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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How do I age ginger?

For the past few months all I can find is young ginger from the grocers. I am in need of old ginger which I can't quite purchase. I have tried to leave it out in the kitchen in an open basket (no ...
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Sweet = Sugar, Salty = Salt, Sour =?

I have thought of a funny concept on what makes things taste like this, taste like that, and it kinda looks like this: Sweet = Sugar (C6H12O6) Sour = ? Salty = Salt (NaCl) Bitter = ? What I'm trying ...
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Are cardamom husks edible?

I have a recipe for a South Indian "allspice" mixture that includes cardamom among other spices. One begins with whole spices, toasted, and in the end they are ground in a coffee or spice ...
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Toasting and blooming spices

From what I've read, to make some spices more "potent", you have to toast or bloom them. Take cinnamon stick for example, in most Indian recipes, they call for it to be fried in oil (...
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How to clean/wash (Sichuan) peppercorns?

Tragically, I spilled over a bottle of Sichuan peppercorns on the kitchen floor, which is fairly dirty (we walk on it with outdoor shoes, and if you wipe at the floor with a cloth it will pick up a ...
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whole spices vs garam masala?

There are usually two ways of adding khada masala spices(cloves, cardamom etc) to a curry: Add the whole spices in the beginning in oil Add garam masala in the end What kind of difference in flavor ...
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Adding cayene early makes it less hot

I have a favorite jambalya recipe. I usually saute the trinity (celery, onions, green peppers) for a short while before adding garlic and then a longer while later I will add my Cajun seasoning. For ...
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What are those spices?

I was organizing and labeling my spices cabinet when I run into those two spices that I cannot recognize. I'm assuming one of them is fenugreek. I'm quite sure I bought them when I had 'Indian cuisine'...
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How to deal with strong, sizable spices?

I've been making a lot of Indian food, and I've repeatedly had problems with certain spices being "overpowering" when you get a bite of them. I'm talking specifically about cardamom and ...
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Can you season skewers after cooking them?

Firstly, I write, not cook. A character in my story drugs some honey chicken skewers, saying it's seasoning in front of my protagonist. Would it be okay if he was called out about it or are there ...
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Gritty Mouth Feel from Moroccan Spice Blend

I made a tagine style chicken dish that was very tasty, but the sauce had a subtle but fine gritty mouth feel that I'd like to eliminate the next time I try this. I haven't experienced this with most ...
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What does ginger lose if puréed or ground and left over time?

I know with certain herbs and spices once you cut them open or grind them they can lose aroma, volatile oils and vitamins. I’m wondering about ginger. People either use it fresh, use a prepared ...
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Solutions for a bland vegetable curry

Over the years, I have developed a recipe that is effectively aloo gobi and saag aloo mixed together: Potato, cauliflower, broccoli and spinach curry. (I used to make it with sweet potato, but to &...
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How to get spices off pan - even after washing

I cooked using spices a lot, and I notice this problem most after cooking with turmeric. I wash the pan after I'm done using it, with dish soap, and allow it to soak, then scrub with a scourer or ...
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How critical is it to store spices in constant temperature?

A typical bit of advice on the subject says: Store your herbs and spices in a cool, dry place. The ideal temperature is one that remains fairly constant, averaging right around 70° F." You're ...
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Mild chili powder?

My mother and I are having trouble finding pure mild chili powder in our area (Superstore, Walmart, Your Independent Grocer, and an Indian grocery store or two. We don't got much else in the suburbs). ...
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How do caraway and ajwain differ in taste and use?

These two seed spices seem confusingly similar. I have never used ajwain before. A new recipe I intend to try out calls for jowan (carom seeds) which, according to Google and Wikipedia, are also ...
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How can I remove whole peppercorns from a sauce after cooking?

I've heard that whole black pepper is put in sauces for flavour, but it is not supposed to stay there in a finished dish, because it's quite unpleasant to bite on one during a meal. But how does one ...
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Uses of dittany of Crete (origanum dictamnus)

Last summer I went to Crete for a short vacation, and came back with fond memories of the local cuisine. Before leaving I bought some spices, among them a small bag of diktamo (dittany, or dictamnus)....
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Flavor of wasabi, horseradish, mustard, capers, and jalapeño

What is the name of the flavor of wasabi, horseradish, mustard, capers, and jalapeño? Unfortunately, I'm not fond of the taste of the above ingredients. To me, they taste similar. I don't mind the ...
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Why is my dry rub almost tasteless when the meat comes off the smoker?

I have a very good dry rub that imparts an excellent flavor to pork, chicken and fish. It is pungent to the nose when in the bottle and is always made fresh. It is applied liberally, covering the ...
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How to prevent runny nose when eating spicy foods? [closed]

This question is slightly less about cooking and more about delivery. Myself and some of my guests love spicy food, but get terribly runny noses when eating it. What are some tips to help prevent the ...
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Retain chilli powder taste till end of cooking

When I add chilli powder to an Indian curry, and let it lid-closed for next 5-7 minutes, by the time it's cooked, it loses it's taste and the curry becomes bland. What should I do to retain the spice ...
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Are there different flavours of cumin?

I’ve recently cooked the same recipe with different batches of cumin. The first time when I added the cumin it gave off a Middle Eastern / Indian scent, the second time it was more Mexican smelling. ...
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Making Souk. When do I add these Moroccan spices?

I'm making black-eyed peas. They've been washed, boiled for 2 minutes, set for 1 hour. Now I'm cooking them stovetop on low after bringing to a boil. The spice combination I have is used in making ...
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Are oils from these spices volatile to the point they will evaporate or lose their potency when cooking a curry?

Spices like black pepper have volatile compounds such as piperine which loses potency/is lost during cooking a curry so it’s best to add it at the end. My question is about cumin, coriander and ...
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