What’s A Good Coriander Substitute?

Coriander Substitute

Coriander is from the parsley family. The seeds of the plant are ground to make the coriander spice while the leaves and stems are called cilantro. If you are preparing a dish and find that you have no coriander, you have two options: you can either run to the grocery store or you can seek out a substitute. If you decide on the latter option, you have several spices that you can use as a coriander substitute. 

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What’s A Good Thyme Substitute?

Thyme Substitute

Thyme is a popular and very aromatic herb grown in Europe and is related to mint. There are numerous different varieties of thyme. It provides a sweet and earthy flavor to many dishes, and is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. Thyme can be used to flavor lamb, pork and game and has the benefit of being able to withstand long cooking times. As a result, it is often used in pasta sauces as well. It is an important ingredient in classic dishes like coq au vin and osso bucco.

As it is a well-known and widely used herb, most serious cooks will keep a bottle on their spice rack. However, you may have run out of thyme or it may just not be something that you thought you would ever need. If you are looking for a substitute, the good news is that (as with most ingredients) there is a multitude of good options.

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Ceylon Vs. Cassia Cinnamon: SPICEography Showdown

Cassia vs Ceylon Cinnamon

There are hundreds of different cinnamon varieties but only a few are widely sold and the most common of those are Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the type that is most commonly used in North America and most of it comes from Indonesia. It is popular because of its low cost. It is relatively inexpensive because it does not require the labor intensive processing needed for Ceylon cinnamon. Both types of cinnamon trees are related to each other and are distant relatives of the bay tree.

So what are the differences between these two cinnamon varieties? Is one better for some uses than the other? Below we look at how these two spices differ and how you can use them to flavor your dishes in another SPICEography Showdown.

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What’s A Good Cumin Substitute?

Cumin Substitute

Cumin is a spice that is heavily used in Mexican cooking as well as in Indian, African and Malaysian dishes. It provides an earthy flavor with nut and citrus notes that is described by some as being slightly bitter. It is one of the most important ingredients in curry powder and it is also used in almost all chili recipes. You can buy cumin seeds in whole form or ground. Cumin’s strong, distinctive flavor comes from the oil it contains. If your recipe calls for it and you do not have any available, you will need to find a substitute that is just as flavorful. Consider the following options:

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