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Preserving Cilantro in OilDo I wash the cilantro first when I use the olive oil method for preserving?

 

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Freezing TurmericWhen buying in bulk, can turmeric be frozen? If not, what is the best way to store?

 

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Other Uses for Ramen Seasoning PacketsWhat are some creative ways to use extra ramen seasoning packets?

 

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Keeping Parsley FreshHow do you keep parsley fresh for at least 3 weeks?

 

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Spice List for Newly WedMy neighbor is getting married soon and would like a list of spices she will need to set up her cooking agenda. My list is extensive (married 58 yrs). Could your good readers give me a 'beginner's list'?

 

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Storing Fresh GingerHow do I store fresh ginger and for how long?

 

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Ground Spices Versus FreshAre ground spices as good as the fresh ones?

 

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Homemade Garlic Salt RecipeHow can I make my own garlic salt?

 

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Starter Spice Rack SuggestionsA friend's daughter is getting married next month and is setting up her pantry spice rack. I have so many spices in my collection (lots should be thrown out, I'm sure). Could you list some of the basics she should purchase? Thank you.

 

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Seasoning Suggestions for Microwave FriesAnyone have any seasoning suggestions for microwave fries?

 

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Preserving Herbs in Olive OilI once saw a post of how to process basil, cilantro, and parsley in a food processor with olive oil, but I forgot what else. I did it once and it lasted me a while in the fridge. I loved the idea, but I have since lost the instructions for how to do it.

 

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Dehydrating Herbs and SpicesWhat kind of dehydrating equipment is good for drying herbs or spices?

 

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Homemade Rice-a-Roni Herb MixesDoes anyone have a homemade recipe for the herbs in Rice a Roni? I would like to use brown rice instead of the white rice in most of their boxes.

 

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What is Cilantro?Can you please explain to me what cilantro is? There is a nice recipe from Robin which uses cilantro and I have to idea what this is.

 

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Can I Use Catnip in Place of Mint When Cooking?We have what I think is wild catnip growing on our land, at least my cats like it. My question is, is catnip OK to cook with in place of mint. If so, are they the same plant?

 

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Substitute for SaffronSubstitute the petals of pot marigolds for expensive saffron. They have a similar pungent flavor and the same yellow color. Let the flower heads air-dry or dry them in a microwave, then grind them into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.

 

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Making Homemade SpicesI am making spices for gifts. Do I need to do anything special to the jar that I am storing it in if I am using Parmesan cheese? Will it be OK if I do not refrigerate the contents?

 

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Saving Herbs and SpicesHow can you preserve herbs, i.e., dill, basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, etc. so that you can use it throughout the winter months.

 

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Recipes Using Fresh TarragonI just started to grow French tarragon this summer, and I have a big pot full. I only have it in a pot, but it is lovely. Any uses, recipes, ideas? I plan on bringing it in for the winter, like all of my other babies.Thanks.

 

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Should I Salt Meat Before or After Cooking?Do you salt meat before it's cooked or after? I heard salting before or while cooking made meat tougher and not as juicy?

 

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Looking for an Herb and Spice ChartI would like to find an herb and spice chart.

 

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What is the Best Temperature for Storing Herbs?What is the ideal temperature for storing the herbs?

 

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Uses for Fennel StalksI am using fennel for the first time, I am roasting the bulb after slicing it. How can I do something with the remaining stalks?

 

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Storing and Using Garlic In OilIs it safe to keep garlic cloves in olive oil, if refrigerated?

 

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Using BasilPlease advise me of ideas on using fresh basil. Thank you.

 

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Vanilla Bean RecipesI'm looking for recipes using vanilla beans; any suggestions? Thanks.

 

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Preparing Dried Cayenne Peppers For CookingHow do you process fresh cayenne pepper?

 

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Buying Bulk SpicesDoes anyone have any suggestions on where to buy spices in bulk?

 

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What Is Cavaner's SeasoningCould you tell me what Cavander's seasoning is? We don't have it in Australia. Can you recommend a substitute.

 

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Keeping Sage Leaves For CookingI have a sage plant that died and the leaves have dried up. They smell gloriously when crumbled. I'd like to keep the leaves for cooking, but am not sure as how to go about it. I feel that they should be disinfected somehow, but how do you do this to dried up leaves still on a plant in the ground?

 

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Minced Garlic vs. FreshDoes anyone have any opinion about buying minced garlic vs. fresh? It appears at first that the minced jar at Walmart might end up saving a little money.

 

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Keeping Salt and Sugar Free FlowingWhat can I do to keep my salt and sugar shakers pouring? I am having a hard time with moisture right now.

 

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Are Sage Seeds Edible?Both of my sage plants bloomed. What's now left projecting from the plant are dried up stalks with little black seeds in brown seed heads/capsules. I am familiar with using dried sage leaves from the grocery store, but not the seeds. Are they edible? How to prepare for cooking?

 

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Using Home Grown Herbs I received a Chia herb garden kit as a gift and am growing parsley, basil, cilantro, and dill on my windowsill. The plants are doing well but I am wondering how big they have to get before I can start harvesting the herbs for cooking. I was also wondering if I can use my basic miracle grow houseplant food for the herbs or if I have to buy something special since the herbs will be used for cooking. Thanks for the help!

 

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Keeping Spices DryIs there any solution to keeping cooking spices from becoming damp? Is it just this time of the year - with all the humidity - or does this mean that the spice is "old" and needs to be thrown out?

 

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Preventing Lumps in Brown SugarWhat do you put in a container of brown sugar to keep it without lumps?

 

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Aniseed ExtractDoes anyone have any ideas on how to make aniseed extract? Any help would be appreciated.

 

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How Long Do Dried Herbs and Spices Last?I have store bought dried herbs and spices (in prepackaged jars) that no longer are fragrant (to my nose) AND since using them for that one 'specific' recipe - so very long ago - I'm not sure when or if I'll use them ever again.

 

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The Best Place To Buy Vanilla BeansRecently there was a tip on how to make your own vanilla extract. Does anyone have an idea of where is the best place to get the vanilla beans?

 

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Real Vanilla - How can you buy it inexpensively?I need a source for inexpensive real vanilla. Gordon's Food Service is about the most inexpensive but it's watery and I don't like the flavor.

 

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Mexican Herb that Works like BeanoThere is a Mexican herb that diminishes bean side effects in humans and adds a hickory flavor. Does anyone know what this inexpensive "beano" herb is called?

 

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Seasoned Pepper and Texas Toast?Do you know of a recipe for homemade seasoned pepper, Bon Appetit Seasoning and/or a bread recipe for Texas Toast?

 

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Kosher SaltWhat is kosher salt?

 

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Using HorseradishI grew a lot of horseradish this year. I'm wondering how to use it. Do I need to peel the roots? Are the leaves edible? Does anyone have recipes for preparing horseradish, preserving it and any ways I can use this up?

 

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