Lemon Zest Vs. Lemon Peel: SPICEography Showdown

lemon zest vs lemon peel

Lemon peel and lemon zest are both great ways to add the flavor of lemon to a dish. The lemon flavor and fragrance come from the oils in the skin, which include the compound limonene that is responsible for much of the smell and taste. What is the difference in flavor between lemon peel and lemon zest? How are they used differently? Read on for the answers to these questions and more.

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Cacao Vs. Cocoa: SPICEography Showdown

cacao vs cocoa

Cacao and cocoa powder both come from the same plant. The difference between them has to do with how they are processed. The process for making cocoa powder involves raising it to much higher temperatures than those to which cacao is exposed. This results in two products with different characteristics, but how different are they? Do they taste the same? Can you use them in the same dishes? We will answer these questions and more in this edition of SPICEography Showdown. 

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Arrowroot Vs. Tapioca Starch: SPICEography Showdown

Arrowroot Vs. Tapioca Starch

Tapioca and arrowroot starches are both popular ingredients for gluten-free cooking. They also have a few advantages for thickening gravies, soups, and sauces when compared to a more common starch like corn starch. As the two most popular gluten-free starches, how do tapioca starch and arrowroot starch compare to each other? What are the big differences between them? These and other questions will be considered below in our look at arrowroot vs. tapioca starch.

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Brown Sugar Vs. Cane Sugar: SPICEography Showdown

brown sugar vs cane sugar

Brown sugar is simple. It consists of white granulated sugar to which a certain amount of molasses has been added for flavor and appearance. Brown sugar can be made from sugar beets or from sugar cane. Cane sugar is more complex as there are multiple types of sugar that can be fall under the cane sugar umbrella. Examples include sucanat, turbinado and evaporated cane sugar. All three of which are cane sugars in that they are made exclusively from sugar cane juice.

What are the differences between brown sugar and cane sugar? How are they used differently? We will look at these and other questions below.

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Tapioca Starch Vs. Corn Starch: SPICEography Showdown

corn starch vs tapioca starch

Both tapioca starch and corn starch are great options whether you are looking for a thickener or are on a gluten-free diet and need a wheat flour substitute. Both are also effective thickeners in large part because their flavors are neutral, which means that they work without affecting the flavors in your dish. While their function is similar, they do have some differences. If you are trying to decide which one to use, consider the factors below.

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Arrowroot Vs. Corn Starch: SPICEography Showdown

arrowroot vs corn starch

Arrowroot is made a from a tuber that was first used by the Caribbean Arawak people. It is an effective thickener as well as a useful alternative to wheat flour in biscuits, cakes and various baked goods. Corn starch is made from the corn kernel’s endosperm and was originally considered inedible, but later became popular as a culinary thickener. How do these two starches compare to each other? What are their benefits and drawbacks? Below, we compare corn starch and arrowroot in another SPICEography Showdown.

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Maple Sugar Vs. Brown Sugar: SPICEography Showdown

maple sugar vs brown sugar

Native Americans were the first to discover the means of making maple sugar. They boiled the sap of maple trees sap down to create a solid product that could last for long periods and that was easier to transport than sap or syrup. They passed that knowledge on to early European settlers and that knowledge is still used in the production of granulated maple sugar today. Maple sugar is a versatile sweetener that was once touted as a possible substitute for cane sugar. How similar is maple sugar to brown sugar? What are their differences? These and other questions will be answered below, in another SPICEography Showdown.

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Potato Starch Vs. Corn Starch: SPICEography Showdown

potato starch vs corn starch

Potato starch and corn starch are both effective for thickening and for use in baked goods. You will be able to use either one in most recipes and wind up with very similar results. That said, there are some differences between the two as each of them is better for some applications than for others.

If you are choosing between the two, there are a few important questions to consider. Let’s review in another SPICEography Showdown: potato starch vs. corn starch. 

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