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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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Herb and Spice Charts for Your RefrigeratorMost of us decorate the front of our refrigerators with magnets and pictures and if you have small children in the house, yours is covered with small plastic letters spelling out all kinds of words. Well, I have a craft project for you that will make your refrigerator a one stop for reference.


Package of Ramen Noodles

Uses for Ramen Seasoning PacketsThis is a page about using ramen seasoning packets. Don't toss out the unused seasoning packets from ramen noodle packages, they can be used to season other recipes.


Pork Adobo

Using Adobo SeasoningA distinctive spice mixture that is a blend of garlic, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, chilis and other spices. This page is about using adobo seasoning.


Storing Paprika

Storing PaprikaThis is a page about storing paprika. Paprika loses its color and flavor if stored improperly, as do other spices.


Making Garlic Powder

Making Garlic PowderThis page is about making garlic powder. It is convenient to have garlic available in powder form.



A sprig of rosemary on a wood surface.

Recipes Using RosemaryRosemary adds a delicious piney flavor to any dish. This is a page about recipes using rosemary.


Peppercorns and a pepper mill.

Using PeppercornsThis is a page about using peppercorns. Rather than buying ground pepper, you can also buy peppercorns. They are available in white, pink, green, and the well known black. Peppercorns are of course used in cooking, but they are also known for their medicinal properties.


dried cilantro

Drying CilantroThis is a page about drying cilantro. Cilantro from the garden or extra from the market and easily be dried for future usage.


Someone picking fresh basil.

Pairing Herbs with VegetablesThis page is about pairing herbs with vegetables. Fresh or dried herbs and spices can make vegetables even more delicious, and many combinations go famously together.


salt and pepper shakers on white background

Salt and Pepper Tips and TricksThis basic seasoning combination plays a central role in most kitchens worldwide. This page contains salt and pepper tips and tricks.


Fresh mint on a wooden table

Uses for Fresh MintSpearmint and peppermint are hardy herbs that can be grown outside for much of the year. This is a page about uses for fresh mint.


Everything bagels on a cutting board.

Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel" Seasoning ReviewsThis delicious seasoning is great on more than just toasted bagels. This page contains Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel" seasoning reviews.


Fresh basil on a white background

Using Fresh BasilThis bright green leafy herb comes in many varieties. Fresh basil is commonly added to Italian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. This is a page about using fresh basil.


Ginger Syrup in bottles with piece of ginger.

Ginger Syrup RecipeGinger is a popular flavoring for sodas, teas and other drinks. It would also be great to use in recipes instead of powdered ginger. This page contains a recipe for ginger syrup.


Herb and Spice Mix

Making Copycat Herb and Spice Mixes at HomeBy reading the ingredients on commercial spice mixes, you can make your own seasoning blends. This is a page about making copycat herb and spice mixes at home.


Several glass spice jar full of bulk spices.

Buying Bulk SpicesOne way to save on your food budget is to buy your spices in bulk. They are available this way from various markets and on-line. This is a page about buying bulk spices.


A vanilla bean that has been opened.

Using Vanilla BeansVanilla beans can be added to a variety of recipes for food and beverages. This is a page about using and storing vanilla beans.


Ingredients for lemon pepper seasoning.

Making Homemade Lemon-Pepper SeasoningThis is a page about making homemade lemon-pepper seasoning. Combining your own choice of herbs and spices can save you money and give you the flavor you desire.


Measuring spoon spilling over with saffron threads

Substitute for SaffronSaffron can be very expensive. There are a few things you can use for the bright yellow color and a similar flavor of saffron. This is a page about substitute for saffron.


Chopping Fresh Basil Leaves

Chopping Fresh Basil LeavesI love watching a few of the cooking shows. More than just the recipes, I enjoy watching the quick short cuts the Chef's have to cutting, dicing and preparing meals. Easy and terrific.



Herb and Spice Mix

Homemade Herb and Spice MixesThis is a page about homemade herb and spice mixes. Copycats of many commercial seasonings can be mixed with fresh herbs and spices at home.


Infused Oil

Making Infused OilsServing your own homemade flavored oil can be delicious, and inexpensive to make. This is a page about making infused oils.


Vanilla Beans

Storing Vanilla BeansThis is a page about storing vanilla beans. Proper storage will keep your vanilla beans from drying out.


Fresh Herbs on Wooden Table

Preparing Fresh HerbsThis is a page about preparing fresh herbs. You can buy fresh herbs at the grocery, farmer's market, or harvest them from your garden. Next you need to prepare them for adding to your recipes.


Vanilla Extract

Uses for Vanilla ExtractThis is a page about uses for vanilla extract. The essence of the vanilla bean has a wonderful smell and flavor. There are a variety of ways to use it.



Using AllspiceThis is a page about using allspice. A dried berry spice that is used in many different cuisines, and has a variety of medical uses. Allspice is mainly produced in Jamaica.



Using BaharatThis is a page about using baharat. A blend of spices used in many Middle Eastern cuisines and can also be used as a condiment.



Preserving MintThis page is about preserving mint. A fragrant herb that grows well in many gardens is great to save for use year round.


A cutting board with ground spices and fresh spices on it.

Ground Spices vs. Fresh SpicesThis page is about ground spices vs. fresh spices. The presence of fresh spices can sometimes taste better than convenience, dried ground spices.



Using HorseradishThis page is about using horseradish. A pungent root that has been cultivated since antiquity for its culinary and medicinal uses, and care must be taken when preparing it for use.


Making Mushroom Powder

Making Mushroom PowderThis is a page about making mushroom powder. Mushroom powder is great to use for flavoring when making soups and gravies.


Fennel Stalks

Uses for Fennel StalksThis is a page about uses for fennel stalks. We often think of only using the fennel bulbs.


Fresh Cilantro

Preserving Fresh CilantroThis page is about preserving fresh cilantro. Finding the best way to keep this herb, also know as coriander, will let you use it in meals year round.


Using Lime Leaves

Using Lime LeavesThis is a page about using lime leaves. Lime leaves can be used to add a touch of lime flavor to food or beverages.


Chili Powder In Measuring Spoon

Homemade Chili PowderThis page is about homemade chili powder. If you've grown or bought fresh chilies, you can dry and powder them to make your own seasoning.



Peeling Garlic

Peeling GarlicWhen you use fresh garlic in a recipe, there are a few tricks that will help make peeling it easier. This is a page about peeling garlic.


Several different spices.

Cooking With Herbs and SpicesThis page contains tips for cooking with herbs spices. To enjoy the use of seasonings, it helps to know how best to use them.


Storing Citrus Zest

Storing Citrus ZestThis is a page about storing citrus zest. If you make your own citrus zest to use in cooking, you may be wondering how to store the excess.


Cooking Lamb With Herbs

Cooking With HerbsThis page is about cooking with herbs. Whether fresh or dried, herbs can enhance most every dish.


Saving Money on Spices

Saving Money on SpicesThis is a page about saving money on spices. Packaged spices can be very expensive, but there are some shopping tips that can help you save money on spices.


Substitution for Onion Powder

Substitution for Onion PowderThis is a page about a substitution for onion powder. You are making a recipe calling for onion powder only to discover you have run out.


Cinnamon Sticks

Recipes Using CinnamonThis page contains recipes using cinnamon. Cinnamon is a common ingredient in sweet and savory dishes, both in its ground and stick form.


Spice Rack

Starter Spice Rack SuggestionsThis page contains starter spice rack suggestions. Confused about what to include in your first spice rack?


Vanilla Ice Cream With Mint on Top

Recipes Using MintThis page contains recipes using mint. Mint adds a fresh, crisp flavor and aroma to many beverages and recipes.


dried spices

How Long Do Dried Herbs and Spices Last?This page is about how long do dried herbs and spices last? Herbs and spices sit on the shelf for a long time, but their flavor and texture can change.


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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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Save Hot Pepper SeedsWhen you are chopping up hot peppers of any kind for cooking, canning, or drying, save the seeds. Separate as many as you can from the pith, but don't use the pith. Line a baking sheet or pie pan with wax paper and put the seeds in it.


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


Many Bags of Colorful Dried Spices

Keeping Spices FreshThis is a page about keeping spices fresh. Some spices store better than others, but fresh spices are always best. Storing your herbs and spices properly is the best way to keep them fresh, especially with expensive spices like vanilla bean and saffron.


Jars of common spices in the kitchen.

Determining Whether Spices Are Still GoodThis is a page about determining whether spices are still good. Almost every cook gets a full rack of prefilled spice jars at some point, but few use them all up. Here are tips for making sure that the herbs and spices you cook with are not too old to properly season your food.


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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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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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What Can You Do With Leftover Herbs?I love fresh herbs, garden grown and store bought, but I DO NOT like having to waste what isn't used. So this is what I do after cleaning and separating what is necessary for the recipe.


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Use Onion Powder on Individual ServingsSince I am the only person in my family that likes onions in my food, I use the dried onion powder in the spice section and sprinkle it on my food only. You could use this to save on the cost of buying onions.


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


Product Review: Baldridge SeasoningWe have used this spice for 20 years and would be lost without it. It is the greatest on meats. Makes popcorn a real treat for a change of flavor.


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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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Measuring From a Pepper GrinderWe like to use the sea salt and pepper grinders that are found in the grocery stores, but when I had to measure for a recipe it was awkward. One day I came up with a very workable solution.


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


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Use Onion Salt With Mashed PotatoesNext time you make mashed potatoes, use onion salt in place of plain salt. Really makes a difference (a very tasty one)


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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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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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Keeping Spice Holes from Plugging UpI used to have a lot of problems with the spice holes plugging up. Then, I realized it was because of steam. So now, I season my pots and pans that have cool oil or water, then turn on the heat. It sure has made a difference!


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Mark The Top Of Spice JarsI keep my spices in a drawer. I usually had very little, if any, problems finding what I wanted. I kept them by sizes and remembered what was in a big or little bottle.


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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?


annatto seed

Using Annatto SeedAnnatto seed is used as a red food coloring and for flavoring. Annatto is used for coloring cheeses such as cheddar and also for butter. Most often found in Caribbean, Latin American and Filipino cuisine.


Using Apple Pie Spice

Using Apple Pie SpiceA pre-made spice mix intended for apple pie. Usually containing Allspice, Nutmeg and cinnamon. Good in French toast, fruit salad, coffee cake and cookies.


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Website for Homemade SeasoningsA friend sent me a wonderful site for homemade seasonings. I just wanted to share with everyone. here is the link:


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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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Chervil Information (Anthriscus cerefolium)Chervil is an herb in the parsley family. It has a distinct anise flavor. Some describe its flavor as a cross between tarragon and citrus. It has dark green curly leaves.


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Buying GingerBefore I bought the spice Ginger, I wanted to try it. It costs $3.59 for the small jar! The produce manager suggested to break off a piece of the "root" and try that! I bought a piece about the size of a finger for 12 cents! Twice the amount I needed for my recipe!


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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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Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)This summer, why not try some fresh herbs to add to your meals. They are virtually caloric free, fat free and extremely flavorful. Here is one of my favorites:


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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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Make a Spice Bag with a Coffee FilterI am in the process of making pear butter this week and will be making pumpkin butter next week. My recipe said to place the spices in cloth and tie to make a spice bag. I didn't have any "cheese cloth" so I used a coffee filter and tied it with thread.



A plastic bag of homemade Old Bay Seasoning

Homemade Old Bay SeasoningThis is an expensive seasoning and comes in a large tin. Make your own in small batches. It will be cheaper and fresher.


A peppe rmill with a small hole in it, to let out the peppercorns.

Pepper Mill AlterationRather then buy TWO containers of black pepper (whole AND ground) I used a drill to punch a hole into a dollar store pepper mill I bought. They are sealed so you can't just open them and I needed whole peppers or my pickling project. I just place a piece of tape over the hole to use it as a grinder again.


A colander of herbs in a car window.

Quickly Dry Herbs in Your CarMy car sits in an open sunny spot and frequently is quite warm when I go to use it. Since I had lots of basil to dry, I thought I'd try to dry it in the car and it worked perfectly!



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


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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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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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