Choosing the right salt for a particular dish can be challenging, especially since there are so many different types on the market. For example, Himalayan salt is a popular option, but does it offer anything that you would not get from regular table salt? Is Himalayan salt all that different from table salt? Below, we will answer these questions and more in our Himalayan salt vs. table salt comparison.
Sucanat is evaporated cane juice, which means that it is unprocessed. The lack of processing is the main way in which it is different from sugars like brown sugar or white refined sugar, which are almost always processed to some extent. The amount of processing that most different sugar types undergo will differ depending on the type of sugar, but the reason is to remove impurities. These impurities include molasses, which affects the flavor and color. Usually, highly processed sugar is lighter and has a more muted flavor when compared to raw or minimally processed sugar.
How else does Sucanat compare to sugar? Is there a difference in flavor? Can you use it in place of sugar and can you use sugar in place of Sucanat? Find the answers to these questions below in this SPICEography Showdown.
Both Cajun and Creole Seasoning come from immigrants to Louisiana. These two spice blends represent a combination of Old and New Worlds and a mixture of cultures, much like other spice blends throughout history. Cajun seasoning is the product of the Acadians—Canadian Frenchmen forcibly relocated to the United States by the British. Creole seasoning is the product of different immigrant cultures, including those from Italy and Ireland as well as from Africa.
Both blends contain European spices, but were developed within cooking traditions strongly influenced by both Native Americans and African Americans. If you are trying to choose between these two spice blends, important questions include: how different is Cajun seasoning from Creole seasoning? Can one be used in place of the other? We will compare these two blends in this edition of SPICEography Showdown.
Sugar and honey have a lot in common in that they are both known for being sweet and are widely used to make other food items sweeter. They also have some significant differences. In this installment of SPICEography Showdown, we will compare their flavors as well as how well these two sweeteners work as substitutes for each other.
Agave syrup recently emerged as a trendy sweetener and was promoted as being healthier than sugar. It is an effective sweetener that has a number of valuable benefits, but is it the same as sugar in terms of its flavor? Can be it used as a sugar substitute? The answers to these questions and more in our SPICEography Showdown: Agave vs. Sugar.
Tandoori masala and garam masala are both used in Indian cuisine and are both highly flavorful spice blends. They are two of the most widely known Indian spice combinations and are essential for many of the most popular Indian dishes. While they do have some striking similarities, there are a few important differences. In this SPICEography Showdown, we will look at how these spice blends compare to each other.
Cedar berries come from eastern red cedar trees (Juniperus virginiana) that can grow as tall as 50 feet. The juniper berries used for flavoring come from the Juniperus communis, which can be a sprawling shrub or a tree that can grow as tall as 52 feet. Both eastern red cedar trees and Juniperus communis plants produce berries that are a dark blue and about the size of large peppercorns. Neither cedar berries not juniper berries are eaten raw; instead, they are dried and often crushed. Note that cedar and juniper berries become black when they dry out and can easily be mistaken for peppercorns. The crushed berry can then be used as a spice.
While both belong to the same family, they manifest different qualities with the most important being a difference in flavor. We will look at that difference below in this edition of SPICEography Showdown.
Healthier alternatives to white sugar have become popular in recent years. There are many such sweeteners, including coconut sugar. It should be noted that coconut sugar is a sugar, which means that it will carry many of the same health risks as white sugar; however, it does have some significant differences. Even though it is sometimes referred to as coconut palm sugar, it should not be confused with palm sugar. Palm sugar comes from a different tree.
If you are trying to decide between using coconut sugar and refined white sugar, you will want to consider the ways in which they differ as well as the important factors when it comes to using one in place of the other. How well do they work when used as substitutes for each other? Consider the following questions when making your decision. Let’s dive into another SPICEography Showdown.