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Old 05-20-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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The one spice you just don't like

For some reason I just don't like cumin.

What would you recommend in it's place when I'm making a dish that calls for it? I do cook mexican food quite a bit, and usually omit it, but I'd like to replace it instead.

So what's the one you'd like to replace?

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Old 05-20-2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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caraway seed. I just cannot stand the taste of it. I have tried to eat it and it just does not sit well with my taste buds. Yuck!!
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:14 PM   #3
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I'm with you SierraCook. I just can't stand Caraway.
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I can't think of any. I love them all in their own way. If someone had a gun to my head and told me to choose one spice I could no longer have though I guess i would pick cinnamon.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:29 PM   #5
 
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I like cumin in small doses. A lot of recipes overdue it, IMO. I usually cut the amount in half. You could add a little chili powder or chipotle powder instead.
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Old 05-21-2005, 01:02 AM   #6
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jkath - there just is no substitute for cumin. It has a very distinct aroma and flavor, from the chemical cuminaldehyde, with the addition of fresh (phellandene) and pine (pinene) notes that you're not going to find anywhere else. (source of chemistry - Harold McGee - On Food and Cooking - revised edition)

Some recipes do over-do the cumin .. try using 1/4 to 1/2 as much as the recipe calls for and see if you can't find a happy balance of flavor that you like. Otherwise - just omit it .. there is nothing that you can substitute.
As for the suggestion of using chili powder as a replacement ... look at the ingredients on a package/jar of chili powder. Cumin is usually either the 2nd or 3rd ingredient listed.

I'm not a big fan of anise ... but I do miss it in recipes that call for it. I just use a little less.
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Old 05-21-2005, 02:48 AM   #7
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I agree with Michael - you can't substitute cumin with anything. Just leave it out if you don't like it. Chili powder is chili powder - I guess it could work - but like Michael said try adding less than the recipe calls for if you have "issues" with it. Personally, I can't get enough cumin. But don't make me smell it on its own - peeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww - stinky feet! LOL
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I'm not a big fan of paprika. Doesn't do anything for me. The only thing that I can think of that would make me use a lot of it is in a paprika oil. The color is very nice contrast to dishes when you drizzle it in and around the main sauce component.
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Old 05-21-2005, 09:55 AM   #9
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I don't care for rosemary
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Old 05-21-2005, 12:14 PM   #10
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I agree with Michael - you can't substitute cumin with anything. Just leave it out if you don't like it. Chili powder is chili powder - I guess it could work - but like Michael said try adding less than the recipe calls for if you have "issues" with it. Personally, I can't get enough cumin. But don't make me smell it on its own - peeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww - stinky feet! LOL
Chili powder as readily available is actually a mixture of spices, including cumin!

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