Loomi substitute

What’s A Good Loomi Substitute?

Loomi is one of the names for the dehydrated limes used in certain Middle Eastern and Persian dishes. Other names for loomi include black lime because the dried limes take on a dark, almost black color. Loomi can be used to offset unpleasantly gamey or fishy flavors. If you can’t …

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Seasoned salt

Seasoned Salt: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Seasoned salt is a spice blend that includes salt as one of the ingredients and is a US invention. There are many variations of seasoned salt across the US, but all appear to be variations of the only universal one: Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. For starters, Lawry’s is the only one …

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Lampong pepper

Lampong Pepper: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Lampong pepper gets its name from Lampong Province in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia. The Lampong part of the pepper’s name and in the name of the Sumatran province is sometimes spelled Lampung. Lampong pepper’s botanical name is Piper nigrum — AKA black pepper — and it is called lada in Indonesia, …

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Black lava salt uses

Seven Tasty Black Lava Salt Uses

Black lava salt is a gourmet salt used to enhance food with more than just a salty flavor. Black lava salt doesn’t contain any lava as the name might lead you to believe; rather, it is a table salt colored with activated charcoal. Most black lava salt comes from one …

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Malabar pepper

Malabar Pepper: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

What are Malabar peppers? Malabar pepper refers to one of the two types of peppercorns to come from the Malabar Coast of India. The other famous peppercorn is the Tellicherry peppercorn, which is the higher quality of the two. Tellicherry peppercorns are the best 10 percent of Malabar peppercorns. In …

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sea salt vs. iodized salt

Sea Salt Vs. Iodized Salt: SPICEography Showdown

Sea salt and iodized salt are two versions of the same universal seasoning. Sea salt refers to salt harvested from the sea that does not contain iodine; iodized salt refers to any salt with iodine added, including iodized sea salt and iodized table salt. Despite being similar in many ways, …

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Genovese Basil Vs. Thai Basil: SPICEography Showdown

Genovese basil and Thai basil are both cultivars of the same basil herb. The fact that they share a common ancestor means that they have some of the same characteristics. Do you need both in your spice cabinet? Can one stand in for the other? We answer those questions and …

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Genovese Basil Vs. Sweet Basil

Genovese Basil Vs. Sweet Basil: SPICEography Showdown

Genovese basil and sweet basil both belong to the Lamiaceae family, which is the mint family to which multiple culinary herbs belong. Varieties of the basil herb are grown all over the world including in Asia, Africa, and Europe with Genovese and sweet basil among the most common. How closely …

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