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#1493011 - 01/11/11 03:39 PM Re: Cooking spices Miss Banker
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ooo, Spike is good
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#1493016 - 01/11/11 03:43 PM Re: Cooking spices kitten
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Originally Posted By: KittenBliss

If they get stale or whatever, it means that one should only buy small bottles of things that may not get used every day, right?

DUH...
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#1493018 - 01/11/11 03:43 PM Re: Cooking spices Peepers
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What is spike???

As far as shelf life...it depends..some hold well, and some don't!
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#1493023 - 01/11/11 03:44 PM Re: Cooking spices RR Joker
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I think they say usually 6 months tops before the dried stuff expires. But I personally think it depends on what it is. Also, never store your spices over the stove.

Spike is a lot like Mrs. Dash.
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#1493026 - 01/11/11 03:45 PM Re: Cooking spices Miss Banker
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the different Mrs. Dash spices are good too

I like putting Spike in my Campbell's bean with bacon soup
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#1493027 - 01/11/11 03:47 PM Re: Cooking spices Peepers
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I put Spike in my scrambled eggs. haha.
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#1493030 - 01/11/11 03:48 PM Re: Cooking spices Miss Banker
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Oh..speaking of blends, I also like Chipotle and, oh carp...I can't think of the name of it..I'll have to get back with that one..but I REALLY like it.
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#1493031 - 01/11/11 03:50 PM Re: Cooking spices doobydoobydoo
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Originally Posted By: KingOfCarnival
Originally Posted By: KittenBliss

If they get stale or whatever, it means that one should only buy small bottles of things that may not get used every day, right?

DUH...


Bite me. smile
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#1493034 - 01/11/11 03:51 PM Re: Cooking spices RR Joker
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Have any of you tried any of the fresh herb saver gadgets that you stick in the fridge or the freezer?
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#1493035 - 01/11/11 03:52 PM Re: Cooking spices RR Joker
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I also like Chipotle and, oh carp

Does the oh carp give the food a fishy flavor. laugh
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#1493037 - 01/11/11 03:52 PM Re: Cooking spices kitten
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Red peppers
Fresh cracked pepper
Oregano
Basil
Dill
Schilling brand garlic pepper
Rosemary
Thyme
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#1493040 - 01/11/11 03:54 PM Re: Cooking spices kitten
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Originally Posted By: KittenBliss
Originally Posted By: KingOfCarnival
Originally Posted By: KittenBliss

If they get stale or whatever, it means that one should only buy small bottles of things that may not get used every day, right?

DUH...


Bite me. smile


sure thing, let me get some tony chachere's...
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#1493041 - 01/11/11 03:56 PM Re: Cooking spices doobydoobydoo
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Spices are generally good until they no longer smell strong


Herb and the like are pretty similar - if they are dried and flake pretty easily without producing a strong aroma - then pitch em

otherwise if kept cool and dark, spices will last for years

as long as they still smell they are good
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#1493043 - 01/11/11 03:57 PM Re: Cooking spices bOaty
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Only six spices?? Goodness, that's tough to narrow down.

I'm growing my own saffron, so that would be high on my list. But other essentials would be black peppercorn, coarse sea salt, bacon salt (and I'm tickled pink someone else thinks so highly of this one, as well), cumin seed and dill. Actually, dill is my favorite aromatic and I'll probably grow some of that, too. If I get my patio garden set up, I may also grow basil, garlic and rosemary.
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#1493046 - 01/11/11 03:59 PM Re: Cooking spices Bacon Boy
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I knew you'd have some suggestions, BaBo. And I said 6 only because I didn't want people to have to work too hard on a Tuesday! laugh

But I'll take as many suggestions as I can.

Now, if someplace local would sell bacon salt, my day would be complete. I guess I'll have to order it online.
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#1493048 - 01/11/11 03:59 PM Re: Cooking spices Bacon Boy
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I never thought about spices in a jar expiring.

My general rule of thumb is, similar to Carnival, if they still smell, then they're good.

I use the opposite approach in picking out my clothes each day.
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#1493050 - 01/11/11 04:02 PM Re: Cooking spices Miss Banker
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Originally Posted By: Miss Banker

2. Smoked Paprika


LOVE smoked paprika!

Have you tried smoked sea salt?

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#1493053 - 01/11/11 04:04 PM Re: Cooking spices Bacon Boy
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I'm growing my own saffron, so that would be high on my list.


How hard is it to grow saffron? The stuff is so expensive to buy, but so unique!

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#1493062 - 01/11/11 04:12 PM Re: Cooking spices B_F
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out of the frying pan...
I'm curious about that, too. I already have a small herb jungle - saffron might be an interesting addition.
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#1493071 - 01/11/11 04:21 PM Re: Cooking spices B_F
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Have you tried smoked sea salt?


No, I didn't even know they made it, but I will definitely have to try it. Yum!
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#1493074 - 01/11/11 04:23 PM Re: Cooking spices Miss Banker
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I'm growing my own saffron, so that would be high on my list.


How hard is it to grow saffron? The stuff is so expensive to buy, but so unique!


I'll find out this fall. It's a crocus bulb and is dormant in the summer. I was told it does well in the desert and can be container grown. Harvesting is supposed to be simple and you just allow it to dry out. The bulbs should be dug up and separated every three years. The single bulb I bought in November has several leaves sprouting out. This should be an exciting experiment. I think I paid $5 for it, but since it's a bulb it'll pay for itself over and over. If all goes well, in a few years we can have a BOL Bulb Exchange or something.
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#1493079 - 01/11/11 04:27 PM Re: Cooking spices Bacon Boy
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Rosemary and thyme and very easy to grow, they are hardy and can tolerate neglect, especially the rosemary. The taste is sooo much better than dried. I keep mine in a tall clay pot in the sun. The pot serves 2 purposes, one to keep wandering dogs from lifting their leg on my grub and the other is that I can take it with me wherever I go. This is the third home my rosemary plant has lived at.

Keep us posted on the saffron BB. I always wants to cook with it but I'm too cheap to spend the money on it.
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#1493085 - 01/11/11 04:34 PM Re: Cooking spices Bacon Boy
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Originally Posted By: BaconBoy
If all goes well, in a few years we can have a BOL Bulb Exchange or something.


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#1493087 - 01/11/11 04:34 PM Re: Cooking spices bOaty
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out of the frying pan...
I need to repot my rosemary. It's now been in the same pot for 10 years and 3 moves. smile
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#1493088 - 01/11/11 04:34 PM Re: Cooking spices bOaty
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I hope to grow herbs this spring also; however I have to figure out a way to keep my dogs out of them.

Bacon - as for the bacon salt - I was just trying to think of the things I reach for most often and that is one of them - green beans, scrambled eggs, etc. Yum!
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