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Confused about cayenne pepper, chili powder and paprika

Cayenne pepper powder comes from the cayenne pepper. It is hot/spicy, registering 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. Chilli powder, depending where you live, can mean anything between pure powdered ...
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Confused about cayenne pepper, chili powder and paprika

They give a similar range of flavours, but in quite different proportions. They’re all made from ground roasted or dried red peppers of some kind, so all of them involve some amounts of spiciness (...
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Can I cut chili powder with Paprika?

This recipe list chili powder as: 2 tablespoons paprika 2 teaspoons oregano 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (...
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What type of Paprika

If the recipe is just asking for "Paprika", they want generic paprika labeled as such. Like this: According to the McCormick website, this is "sweet" paprika. The dried, ground pods of Capsicum ...
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What type of Paprika

In the US, generic paprika is probably closest to bittersweet - not sweet and definitely not hot, just a middle of the road not-too-assertive variety. Recipes aren't likely to be too picky about the ...
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What does it mean when powdered ingredients get thin strings?

I think you are right to figure it is some kind of insect. Little thin threads of cocoonish material in containers of stored food are a pretty clear sign. The strings make themselves noticeable by ...
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Can vegetable oil be infused with paprika without heating?

First of all, yes. If you think of it ahead of time, infusing oil with paprika at room temperature will work fine as long as you can do it overnight. While heat can in general be important to rupture ...
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What type of Paprika

When a recipe tells about Paprika, it generally means, "whatever" paprika you want. There are two usages of paprika, colour, and taste. If you just want colour, use a sweet one, even a cheap one, it ...
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What type of Paprika

It depends. There are six different types. Hot, Hungarian, Plain, Smoked, Spanish, Sweet. The recipe you are following and your intended outcome will drive the decision on which to choose. Paprika ...
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What does it mean when powdered ingredients get thin strings?

I would pull all your dry good items to the counter and wipe down your shelves to see if you see signs of insects (crawling & flying). Purge anything that is suspect, old are not used. Take that ...
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Why did my stew not taste sweet?

Sweet paprika isn't really sweet. It's not hot (and not bitter), but just as we sometimes call non-spicy (bell) peppers sweet peppers, sweet isn't used in quite the way it is to describe other things ...
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Canned Peppers: Very subtle acidic taste

It sounds like (benign, tasty) lactic acid bacteria fermentation, possibly along with leuconostoc or something. But without the appropriate levels of salt, it's also possible that less friendly ...
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Can vegetable oil be infused with paprika without heating?

If you have access to an isi whipper, you might try a rapid infusion, which would not require heat. This recipe uses whole peppers, but you could probably experiment with ground paprika. You would ...
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How to pressure can grilled paprika

The book Putting Food By recommends canning pints or half pints (about the range you have) of hot-pack pimentos at 10lbs pressure (240F/116C) for 20 minutes (sorry for the American measurements, it's ...
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Can vegetable oil be infused with paprika without heating?

My only reservation with this method is the possibility of illness if the paprika has been subjected to Salmonella contamination, something that seems to be on the increase with "Raw" herbs ...
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Why did my stew not taste sweet?

European (Spanish) paprika comes in a number of different guises, depending on the method used to process it and the variety of pepper used. There is sweet (also called smoked) paprika, hot (spicy) ...
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How to add paprika flavor to mayonnaise without paprika color

My personal method for adding flavor to homemade mayonnaise is to include some flavored oil in addition to the vegetable oil. I like just a touch of chili oil (a teaspoon or so -- too much, and it ...
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How is south african paprika different from Hungarian paprika?

The variety of the original pepper might be slightly different giving out different result when dried and ground up. There might be a difference in spiciness. There might be a difference in smokiness ...
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Can I cut chili powder with Paprika?

I think your approach is the right one. Chili has flavor, not just heat, so simply reducing the chili added will reduce the flavor and the heat. Using a mild chili powder like paprika will keep the ...
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