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.
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.
Himalayan salt and sea salt are both popular finishing salts that can add flavor to dishes and make an attractive presentation as well. Both are believed to be better than regular table salt, but how do they compare to each other? Do they taste the same? Do they look the same? These and other questions will be answered below in another SPICEography Showdown.
Along with adding flavor to food, salt is essential for human life. Foods that would have bitter and muddy flavors without salt become rich and flavorful when it is added. Sea salt and table salt are two common forms of salt that will be familiar to most experienced cooks. How similar are they? Do they taste the same? Is one better for you than the other? These and other questions will be answered in this edition of SPICEography Showdown.
Sugar plays a fundamental role in cooking and especially in baking. Aside from sweetness, it can provide coloring as well as moisture and bulk. Brown sugar and white sugar provide these things to different degrees but how different are they from each other? Do they taste the same? Can you use one in place of the other? We answer these questions and more in this installment of SPICEography Showdown.
Garlic is a popular seasoning in every major food culture and most of the minor ones as well. This relative of the onion offers a pungent, savory flavor that works well in everything from stews to pickles. Garlic powder and granulated garlic are two forms of this spice that offer …
Onion powder and onion salt both make it easy to add the flavor onion to dishes. A dash of one or the other can turn a bland dish into something flavorful and enjoyable. Both spices are affordable and easy to find in addition to being widely available. Aside from their obvious similarities, are there any important differences? Can you use them in the same dishes? We will provide some answers below in this installment of SPICEography Showdown.
Garlic powder and garlic salt both allow you to add garlic to a dish conveniently and quickly. They are easy to find and are popular with American cooks. Are there any important differences between the two? Do they have different effects on dishes? Can you use them in the same way? We will answer these questions and more in another SPICEography Showdown.