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Tukey Brine, Substitute Ground Allspice for Allspice Berries?

See and I had 19 per tsp. They really range in size. I posted more details above (or below, or whatever).

Mar 24, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Tukey Brine, Substitute Ground Allspice for Allspice Berries?

Oddly enough, I just went in there and measured it myself. I measured out 1 tsp allspice berries and I counted them. There were 19 berries (they weighed 2 grams). Now here is the weird part. I weighed 1 tsp of ground allspice and to my dismay, it weighed 2 grams.

Using the FDA's weights and measurements, it says 1.9 grams per 1 tsp ground, so 2 grams if rounded.

Now, I don't know where I got this measurement but I have that an average allspice berry weighs 0.07917 grams (my scale won't go that low). If I multiply that by 19 I get 1.5 grams. However, my 19 allspice berries were a range of sizes.

So! According to mine there are two variances:
1 tsp allspice berries = 1 tsp ground (I still can't believe that, but I even calibrated the scale).
OR
1 tsp allspice berries = 3/4 tsp ground

HTH!

Mar 24, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

gebhardt's chili powder

I was wondering about that too. I don't want to even buy a spice blend. I like to grind my own stuff and I read this thread with interest, to find out what a copycat recipe may be.

*sigh* How disappointing.

Mar 23, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Achiote - substitute?

Actually, a lof of America cannot. Not everyone lives in a multi-racial city. A small town in Alabama, let's say, that is miles from Montgomery or Birmingham will never carry something like that. It's a real shame, believe me. I find it very frustrating too because there are so many good dishes I've experienced in my travels that I would love to try at home, but cannot.

I know you can buy stuff like this online, but when I only need it for one recipe, I cannot validate the purchase. :(

Mar 18, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What else can I make with eggplant?

I know it's an old thread, but I wanted to second the salad suggestion. When I lived in Atlanta I worked across the street from Qdoba, which I loved, and they had eggplant in their naked burrito. Oh my gawd, it was SO good!

Mar 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

How to make thicker chili?

I know this is old, but I had to add my +1 on the beans, so long as they're the right ones (more in a moment). I actually put them in my blender and puree them. It's SO freaking good!

Note that it works best with white kidney/cannelini beans and not so much with any of the other white beans. The kidneys are very creamy, whereas the others are just... not. lol!

I make thick white chicken chili all the time and it's my favorite recipe. I could eat it every single day of my life, until I die. The irony is that I refused to eat it until last year. Being raised in Texas, chicken was for silly Californian types. I steadfastly refused to try it. When I did, I was floored.

Feb 19, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Many thanks. Your post along with CDouglas helps me tremendously. I didn't know that about fresh garlic and onions and now that I think about it, I can see why it's the powder.

Not only is it more smooth, but it's also how it would have been used in the old west days. Everything was dried, to include garlic and onions.

I also agree with everyone else about Tabasco, which should never be in a chili. Totally different flavor!

Feb 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Excellent answer and thank you for taking the time to explain the different NM chiles. I'm new to chile experimentation so I seriously needed your little primer.

"Gebhardt is a "chili" powder meaning it contains ground chiles, cumin, garlic etc..."

Right and this completely confuses me. Why would you use a blend when you already have the ingredients that it was blended with? Why not make your own? It's almost as though he just grabbed a bunch of containers and threw them in. :/

Interesting about the prunes. I Googled that and some insist it adds a "richness" to the gravy but all I hear is fiber which has no room in chili, or at least chili in my kitchen.

I was originally looking at this because I wanted to make an award winning chili for my husband, who is a chili fiend. After looking at it though it didn't appear to be all it was cracked up to be.

Feb 11, 2014
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking
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Chili powder questions.

Yes, but he still called for ground chiles too. It's very strange.

It's a big award winner, but it's overly confusing.

Jul 05, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Chili powder questions.

Hi all!

I have a recipe that I'm looking at making and it is very confusing. It's located here:
http://goo.gl/rauHw

Now the problem I have is all the different chili/chile powders in his ingredient list.

What is the difference between "New Mexico Chili Powder" and "New Mexico Light Chili Powder"?
Could he mean Chile Powder instead of Chili Powder?
If so, then why does it call for "New Mexico Ground Chili Pepper" as well?
And what about the regular vs. light?
Then what is "Texas Style Chili Powder" and how is that different from "Gebhardt's Chili Powder"?

Good googly goo! I can't make sense of all that. I mean I know what a New Mexico chile is (and how to grind it, of course) and I know what Gebhardt's Chili Powder is but all the rest is confusing to me.

Any suggestions on what to do here?

Jul 05, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

I'm allowed less than 2 grams of each per day.

It is nearly identical to a renal diet. The problem is that I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. I've lately had an abnormal heart rhythm coupled with an uncontrolled raised blood pressure, which has complicated matters. The blood pressure has been non-responsive to medication too. Mine is an inherited problem, which is unfortunate.

The best diuretics are the ones that contain sulfa, which I cannot take because of my allergy. I have to take medication that is potassium sparing and I'm having to take an unusually high dose, for it to be effective.

To be frank, I'm scared as hell. I'm in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. Either my heart will give out (from my blood pressure) or my kidneys will (from the medication). :( I am in a dangerous situation.

I am praying that this is only temporary. I just don't know how I can deal with this on a permanent basis. Hopefully I won't have to.

The other problem is that I do NOT qualify to see a dietitian. If my kidneys fail, or if I become a diabetic I will. An allergy to a medication is evidently not important enough.

Sorry, I didn't mean to start a pitty party here. lol! I really am trying to keep a positive attitude. It's just hard sometimes.

As for the processed foods, you're right, I really don't like processed foods. The only thing I really depended on, processed-wise, was tomato paste. I tried doing that myself. It wasn't pretty. Now though, that seems to not matter too much.

Many thanks to you and all the others for your help. :)

Mar 19, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Actually, sun dried has a lot more potassium than a regular tomato, well... by volume anyway. Evidently the drying process doesn't eliminate the potassium and since they become smaller it becomes more concentrated.

I couldn't have told you that last week! I only learned that this a few days ago.

Mar 19, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Maybe. One problem is that broth (even reduced sodium) is not allowed. :( Some of the sodium free bouillons have potassium in it to make up for the salt, so it's really difficult.

I was wondering the same thing about beans, if they could be leached. I would SO be all over that if it's possible.

I don't have a nutritionist yet. I'm not sure I'll get one either. I do have a nutritional book though that gives me the potassium values of most foods.

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Funny you should mention that. My doctor gave me a print out of that very page. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I read it. I think I cried real tears. No tomatoes? No broccoli? No brussels sprouts? No beans?

Many thanks though for your empathy and taking the time to answer. You're very sweet. :)

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Hominy? What an interesting idea! I would have never thought of that. You're brilliant and thank you so much!

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

Thank you! That actually sounds wonderful, the peppers. Many thanks on that. :) I'll have to look into tomatoless pasta sauces then. I tried Googling "tomato free marinara" without success, but maybe I need to try your "tomatoless pasta sauce".

I bought a nutritional book but I can't seem to find any peas and beans that are low enough. That's such a disappointment because I adore my White Chicken Chili, which capitalizes on Cannellini beans. I could eat that, every day, for the rest of my life and never tire of it.

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

I wanted to add too that I'm also now on a low sodium diet. It's a low potassium/low sodium diet. Sorry about that.

Mar 18, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are some low potassium substitutes for tomatoes and dried beans/peas/lentils?

I have been switched to a low potassium diet... that I absolutely hate. Every food I love is high in potassium. :(

I've bought a couple of cookbooks, but they don't offer any substitutes for things you love. It is apparently much easier to just say "don't eat them" than offer alternatives. It's so disappointing, not to mention terribly depressing.

I've managed to figure out good substitutions for spinach and many fruits. I'm just having trouble now with tomatoes, dried beans/peas/lentils,

I use tomatoes in probably half my cooking. From tomato sauce to salsas to just good ol' fashioned raw. I also use dried legumes in another quarter to a half of my cooking.

I do know that in my beloved Mexican food I can substitute tomatillos with peppers for the tomatoes, most of the time, but what about tomato based dishes such as marinara or whatever? Then I love my black beans, cannellini beans, black-eyed peas and lentils.

Do you all have any suggestions for me? I am crossing my fingers that you do.

Mar 17, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Asian Chili paste vs Chili sauce?

Well, I don't cook Asian food often enough to justify buying it online. It would go bad before I used it all and with this economy that just isn't a thing I can do.

Feb 28, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Asian Chili paste vs Chili sauce?

Too bad I can't get that then. :(

Feb 28, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Asian Chili paste vs Chili sauce?

I have access only to this http://blogs.menshealth.com/cook-for-... except that it doesn't say hot.

As for the recipes, it doesn't specify any particular kind. They (all of them) just say chili paste. They're all oriental in nature, but really I've no idea specifically what country they are. There are tons of recipes that simply say Spicy Asian Stir-fry or whatnot.

I agree though, I wish people wouldn't group them all into one continent. That's like saying "European Fish". WTF?

Feb 28, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Asian Chili paste vs Chili sauce?

I have several Asian recipes that call for one or the other. I live in a small southern town without any Asian markets. I'm able to get chili sauce from the grocer, but not the paste.

Can I substitute the sauce with the paste? Or should I use something else? Or should I add something else?

Feb 28, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Alternative to gravy seperator?

I use a bulb syringe turkey baster to suck out the top juices. It's easier than a spoon. For some reason when I use a spoon I either unintentionally mix it up again OR pick out too much of the good drippings. I'm a nurse and maybe I'm just more familiar with syringes. lol!

Actually, that makes sense now that I think about it.

I agree that refrigeration is easiest but it is definitely impractical at times. Usually I need it now, not later.

ETA: I'm like you, I see no need to buy a gadget that I won't use, at least, weekly.

Feb 21, 2013
magnoliasouth in Cookware

What to substitute for lemon-lime soda?

Yes, and I posted an update above.

Many thanks. I suppose we could skip it, though I think it may affect the flavor slightly, but perhaps he won't notice. ;)

Feb 08, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What to substitute for lemon-lime soda?

Actually a little sugar does. lol! This is for a severe diabetic.

Feb 08, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What to substitute for lemon-lime soda?

I have a recipe that I want to use that calls for 1/4 cup of lemon-lime soda. I'd rather stick with something more healthy. Can I use lemon juice, lime juice, splenda and water instead? If so, what ratio do you recommend?

I'm thinking a tsp each of juice and splenda then enough water to make about 1/4 cup. Does that sound about right? Or have I completely missed the mark on this and should I go with something else?

UPDATE: This is for a diabetic and we don't want soda. It's for a Kalbi recipe.

Feb 08, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Fantastic Poblano Peppers....Recipes Other Than Chile Rellenos???

Earlier she said it's called black chile. I am so Googling that! ;)

Feb 02, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Fantastic Poblano Peppers....Recipes Other Than Chile Rellenos???

That looks amazing! Beautiful photo. I grew some in my yard for a couple of years with dismal results. I think I got maybe 10 peppers out of a couple of plants. I am SO going to get this. How many boxes do you have?

Feb 02, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

Fantastic Poblano Peppers....Recipes Other Than Chile Rellenos???

How many plants did you grow and about what was your yield? I'm willing to try it if it'll pay for itself.

Feb 02, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking

What are your best game day recipes?

Oh my goodness. That looks absolutely delicious. You're right too about the leftovers.

Leftover potential is always a high priority for me. lol! Mostly because I'm queen of the lazies. ;)

Feb 01, 2013
magnoliasouth in Home Cooking