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5 Lemongrass Substitutes That You Probably Don't Know
Jan 08

5 Lemongrass Substitutes That You Probably Don’t Know

By Rose | Condiments

Lemongrass is a unique herb that is prevalent in the dishes and cuisines of Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. This particular ingredient provides any food with a lemon-like flavor and unexplainable scent. Therefore, finding an alternative for it is quite difficult, even for seasoned cooks.

However, this predicament doesn’t mean that finding a lemongrass substitute is impossible. In fact, the complexity of this ingredient allows you to experiment with a plethora of options. If the herb is not currently available in your local stores or market, you won’t have any choice but to find a replacement.

Fortunately, there are some known kitchen ingredients that you can utilize if you are ever to cook oriental recipes. Here are some of them.

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The Best Gochugaru Substitutes: A Pursuit Of Spiciness
Dec 29

The Best Gochugaru Substitutes: A Pursuit Of Spiciness

By Rose | Condiments

If you are planning to gain expertise in Korean delicacies, then you should know about the flavors that Koreans prefer the most. When it comes to their food, Koreans want it to be spicy. So spicy, in fact, that it could rip your tongue and your senses to pieces. That’s how these guys roll.

Among the spices they use, gochugaru is the most prevalent. If you have been to Korea, you are no stranger to this ingredient. It is just chili that has been crushed (with some special preparations included). Just by knowing this fact, will give you a myriad of options for a gochugaru substitute.

However, not all of the alternatives can recreate the same effect that gochugaru has on your tastebuds. You will have to consider the various flavors they have and their overall effect on the food. Swapping ingredients is fine as long as the elements are compatible or can give the same appeal to the recipe.

If you want to learn all of the plausible substitutes for gochugaru, check out the next section.

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The Best 7 Ranch Style Beans Substitutes That Will Make You Cook
Dec 26

The Best Ranch Style Beans Substitute That Will Make You Cook

By Rose | Condiments

There are those lazy days when I just want to kick back and relax. At those times, it’s either a hearty bowl of soup or warm bowl of chili that makes it perfect. One of my biggest rules when it comes to chili is that it should always be made with Ranch Style Beans. That is why you will always be greeted by a couple of cans of Ranch Style Beans in my pantry.

However, there was one time when I was craving a big bowl of chili after getting my rear kicked from work all day, and nearly let out a horror movie style scream when I opened my pantry door and saw no cans of ranch style beans. I had forgotten to buy some while grocery shopping, but I did not give up and decided this would not be the end of my quest for a warm bowl of tasty chili.

Like any self-respecting sleuth, I scoured the internet and looked for a Ranch Style Beans substitute. Here is a handy list for those of you who are faced with the same culinary dilemma.

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Substitute For Curry Powder? Hoard These Spices Now!
Dec 24

Substitute For Curry Powder? Hoard These Spices Now!

By Rose | Condiments

A curry powder can be either a primary or special ingredient in your kitchen. Our needs for this spice are different, as we all have different cooking and recipe preferences.

Despite this fact, curry powder is still considered to be a vital food additive, mainly due to its savory, sweet flavor. The spectrum of tastes that curry powder provides is due to the presence of multiple ingredients. For example, turmeric, bay leaf, and cumin provide the spice and savory texture. Meanwhile, cloves and cinnamon ensure that the curry powder has a “sparkling” taste.

Although it is viewed as an Indian spice, curry powder is actually an invention of the Western culinary world. But ironically, the purpose of making this powder is to replicate the taste and texture of common Indian cuisines.

From my end, curry powder has a lot of uses, so it’s a sad sight whenever this yellow mix is absent from my kitchen and out of stock at the local market. Luckily, you can get good curry powder substitutes for times like these. Do you want to know them? If so, check the list I have made below.

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6 Herbs That Can Work As A Tarragon Substitute
Dec 05

6 Herbs That Can Work As A Tarragon Substitute

By Rose | Condiments

Don’t freak out if you have run out of tarragon in your kitchen. As far as I know, there are a lot of alternatives that can recreate its flavor.

For those who are new to this ingredient, tarragon is a type of herb that grows like rosemary and thyme. It is usually present in Russian and French cuisines, although you can see it in other regional delicacies.

Unfortunately, tarragon cannot be easily accessed. Therefore, if you are planning to make a recipe that involves this herb, you should know about its alternatives. Here are some of the ingredients that can perfectly serve as tarragon replacements.

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