Basil is one of the more versatile herbs and it’s easy to grow. The big problem is that fresh basil does not last very long and is not available year-round in many places. In order to get around this, there are a number of tricks that you can use to preserve your basil.
Like most fresh herbs, cilantro has a short shelf life. In addition to its short usable life, preservation can be difficult as well. Because it is a delicate herb, simply sticking it in the freezer will result in a slimy mush when you thaw it. This is because the enzymes that break down plant matter […]
One of the unfortunate realities of cooking is that once you add salt, there is no way to get it back out. Even so, all is not lost if you over-salt a meal. If this has happened to you, do not panic. There are options for saving the meal.
Much of the world’s cinnamon comes from southern Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, and people in those regions have been using cinnamon medicinally for centuries. Skin problems are among the conditions that this spice is used to treat. Cinnamon is versatile and can be used on skin in a number of ways including […]
Both curry powder and garam masala are spice blends that can be used to add color and flavor to a dish. While curry powder appears to be a British invention, garam masala is authentic and widely used on the sub-continent; however, the exact blend of spices used to make it varies from region to region. But what […]
A lack of nutmeg should not keep you from making a recipe that calls for it. Most ingredients in cooking are replaceable if you are willing to research the substitutes and learn how to use them correctly. Nutmeg may seem like a difficult flavor to replace, but it can be done in a pinch or […]
The history of curry powder The word curry is thought to originate from “kari,” the Tamil word for a thin sauce containing spices served in southern India. It was one of that region’s many gravy-like accompaniments for meat and vegetables. The Portuguese are credited with bringing the term back to Europe after colonizing parts of […]
Pepper is the most popular spice in the world and was so prized at one point in history that it was actually used as currency. In fact, European explorers were primarily seeking pepper when they found their way to the new world. Both white and black peppers come from the same plant and both are useful […]
How similar are allspice and cloves? What are the major differences between these two spices? In this SPICEography Showdown, we compare allspice and cloves side by side to take a look at what exactly separates these two fragrant and popular spices.
Tarragon has a distinctive flavor that many people simply don’t care for. Whether you’ve found a recipe you’d love to try making without the use of this ingredient or you simply don’t have any on hand, there are several herbs that make a great substitute for tarragon.