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How to use dried onion flakes as a substitute for fresh onion?

Add the dried onions when you add the rice, or even a couple minutes after you add the rice. That way they won't burn.
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How to use dried onion flakes as a substitute for fresh onion?

Dry stuff cooks fast. If you just used your regular recipe you had the opposite problem that you had wiith the wet onions. Wet onions cook slow because they are wet. Dried onion cook fast because ...
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Herb drying question

If they were not dry, and they smelled bad when checked, they are not going to get better - toss them, do better next time. It's hard to know how an uncontrolled environment drying will work out ...
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Fresh spices vs Dried spices

Spices are generally comprised of bark, buds, fruit, seeds or stems of plants. They are almost always dried. Garlic is not a spice, rather, it is a vegetable, like onions or shallots. You can, of ...
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Dehydrating herbs

Yes, there is no issue with that. If you have specific drying times for each herb then I guess you might need to take them out at different times but I can't see it being an issue. At worst they may ...
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Do spices grown in higher altitude above 1500m for e.g. ( Himalayan foothills ) have any special feature or higher potency?

This is only a partial answer concerning pepper, but it is known that coffee plants grown in higher altitudes have lower caffeine content [1]. This is due to the lower abundance of insects, against ...
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What to do with a large bag of dried fennel seeds

Fennel seed is a very strong spice, so you're just not going to find any preparation that uses a cup of it. The best you can do is recipes that use a few tablespoons, like Fennel Butter and Tomato/...
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Name of an herb or spice that is small, dark spines

The description as "black or dark green" makes me think this is a leafy herb, rather than a darker brown spice. Many dried herbs start out a dull green when they go into the sauce, but after ...
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How long can home dried herbs be stored?

If properly dried and kept airtight, it will keep safely indefinitely. If it spoils it wasn't dried enough. Active drying should of course be started promptly after picking. But safety of dried herbs ...
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How much dried herbs to use per portion of tea?

It will depend on what you are using; not just the type of dried matter but also how it was dried, how fine the pieces are, how long you intend to steep it, and so on. If you measure by volume (like ...
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Do spices grown in higher altitude above 1500m for e.g. ( Himalayan foothills ) have any special feature or higher potency?

In general, the benefit of "mountain grown" spices is not anything inherent to altitude, but rather that being grown in the Himalayas necessarily means that the plants are hand-cultivated ...
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Two different gynostemma teas taste completely different, why?

"However, it is known that the chemical constituents of GP planted in different areas are very different in composition.17,18 Furthermore, there are two taste variants, sweet and bitter, for GP ...
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Two different gynostemma teas taste completely different, why?

Age won't change the flavour of gynostemma tea much. The difference in taste can be due to 2 reason: Raw material: the picking is a different grade (younger leaves versus larger leaves). There's also ...
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berberis vulgaris vs berberis aristata

The Genus Berberis commonly known as barberry, is a large genus of deciduous and evergreen shrubs found throughout temperate and subtropical regions of the world (apart from Australia). This Genus ...
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Fresh spices vs Dried spices

Many popular spices, such as cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper, can only be grown in tropical countries, but are consumed all over the world. Even if those spices were useful fresh, ...
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Dehydrating herbs

The one thing I would be slightly worried about is bits falling through the tray onto the layer below, as leaves shrink and curl up when they dry. If you have to rearrange the herbs on one shelf, you ...
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Do dried peppermint leaves lose flavor quickly in cooking?

Generally speaking, music is a useful metaphor for this situation. In most cases, I think of dried herbs as bass notes. The deep, underlying flavor/aroma. Often dried herbs are added earlier in the ...
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Name of an herb or spice that is small, dark spines

Could it be Black Cumin? Black Cumin, or Kala Jeera, a cumin relative, comes from Indian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine. It has a kind of earthy flavor that's hard to describe. And the ...
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Two different gynostemma teas taste completely different, why?

If they come from 2 different brands, there can be many reason why they taste different. Could be harvested from different areas; picked at different time/season and/or mishandled. Could have been ...
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