Some spices lose their flavor over time and/or become stale, especially if exposed to heat, light and humidity. This is not only an unpleasant surprise at dinner time, it also means that there are fewer volatile oils to deliver the desired aroma and taste. But with this guide, you can grind your own fresh spices from whole seeds or dried herbs and know you’re getting the best quality possible.
TIP: Apple pie spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Store it in the freezer to keep it tasting fresh.
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Apple Pie Spice is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Not only does it make your apple pie taste great, but you can use it in cakes, cookies, scones and other desserts as well. It really does make for a nice change in your recipes. You can buy pre-ground spices at the grocery store, but they are quite expensive and do not have the same flavor as freshly ground ones.
Trying to find fresh spices at a grocery store can be difficult if you don’t know where to look or what to look for. Spices lose their flavor after about one year so if you buy them from the grocery store then chances are that they are old and stale. If you buy online then there’s always the problem of shipping costs as well as the risk that your purchase will either get lost in transit or will arrive stale because it’s been sitting around too long on the shelves at the store before being sold to you.
What most people don’t know is that you can grind your own spices. Most culinary herbs and spices have three parts: seeds, bark and roots. The seeds are what we generally call the “spices.” They are easily ground into powder form with a spice grinder or an electric coffee grinder that has
I’ve been making my own spice blends for years. There is nothing more exciting than opening the spice drawer and finding a jar of your own homemade apple pie spice. It’s like smelling an apple pie baking. Except instead of sugar and cinnamon, you’re smelling cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
Trying to find that elusive recipe for apple pie spice can be frustrating though. The lists of ingredients vary so much that it’s hard to tell if they are really talking about the same thing. I have been using this recipe now for over five years and it is by far my favorite. It has just the right amount of each ingredient and it makes a big batch (about 3 Tablespoons). This will make 5-6 jars of apple pie spice depending on how you fill the jars.*
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cloves
Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It’s used to make apple pies taste like apple pies. The apples are the same way. If you’ve ever had an apple pie from a food service operation, or from a grocery store, it probably didn’t taste much like an apple pie. That’s because they used apple pie spice instead of fresh apples.
Taste is one of the most important senses we have, but it gets short shrift in the food industry. Food processors know that if they can get their foods to look, feel and smell right, most people won’t notice or care if they don’t taste right.
Apple pie spice is a good example of this principle at work. Its ingredients are all pretty good on their own. Cinnamon and nutmeg are flavorful spices that are also good for you. Cloves are kind of like supercharged cinnamon. But the way all three work together in apple pie spice is what gives it its distinctive taste (and aroma).
This got me thinking about how all the other things I use in my kitchen get put together, and whether it might be possible to make a version of them that tastes better than what you can buy ready-made at the grocery store. If so, wouldn’t
Apple pie spice is a combination of spices that is used to flavor apple pies. The spices are usually cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Each of these spices has its own unique flavor and aroma which blends well with apples and gives the apple pie spice its distinct taste.
Taste is one of the five senses that humans have. The other four senses are smell, touch, sight and hearing. A person’s sense of taste depends upon the sense of smell. When food is chewed and swallowed it goes into the esophagus where it enters the stomach. From there it travels to the small intestine where enzymes begin to break down the food into nutrients that can be absorbed by the body. The taste buds are located on the tongue in small bumps called papillae. These papillae are responsible for detecting different tastes in food. Some people have a more acute sense of taste than others do because their papillae are more sensitive to certain types of tastes.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves are what make up apple pie spice. Allspice is actually a combination of cinnamon and several other spices including bay leaf and juniper berry but most people consider it to be its own separate spice altogether. Apple pie spice typically contains
In fact, I still have not found a cheap place to buy the ingredients for this mix. This makes me wonder about the “convenience” of a pre-mixed spice when you could just as easily mix your own.
This recipe is so simple and so delicious that I feel like it should be in every cook’s repertoire.
In the context of cookery, the word spice is used in three different ways.
First, some spices are plants which are harvested for their essential oils or other aromatic compounds; some spices are derived from a plant through distillation. A spice may also be a ground spice or paste prepared from a mixture of different spices.
Second, spices are sometimes used in an ethnic or cultural sense (culinary) to refer to a specific set of spices grown or prepared in a specific region.
Third, spices may be used to refer to any plant material with aromatic properties that is added to food for flavoring. Some examples of spices used this way include ginger, turmeric and garlic.**