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Offline stamina888

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Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« on: May 17, 2017, 05:40:18 PM »
This is a subjective question.  In my personal experience, basil has become a go big or go home ingredient for me.  There's not much better than a fresh wet basil leaf but dry basil just seems to add flavor to pizza that's neither good nor bad.  Basil is expensive, so I may forgo it.  Garlic is cheap and potent, so in my experience, there's no reason to use powder.  Onion powder just doesn't compare to the juiciness or sweetness of an onion.  Oregano is a tough one for me.  It's a staple in many sauces but I never tasted a fresh oregano leaf, nor do I know of it's price. 

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 05:52:12 PM »
I tend to like black pepper.

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 10:21:03 PM »
Basil and oregano are about the easiest things in the world to grow.
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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2017, 11:11:29 PM »
Basil and oregano are about the easiest things in the world to grow.

Basil can be tough in NY.

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 12:50:22 AM »
how do you grow oregano indoors?

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 01:35:51 AM »
Most of the time my personal preference is for using fresh herbs whenever possible. There just isn't any comparison between dried basil and oregano and the fresh/green leaf counterpart.  Ditto for garlic too...fresh every time possible.
One year between houses we had to live in an apartment without any garden space but we always grew potted basil and oregano in the south facing window.
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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 02:44:10 AM »
My rule with basil and oregano now is like the Dough Doctor said: fresh or none.

With garlic, fresh cloves can be nice, but I prefer using the minced garlic in the jar for convenience.  It has both a pungent but slightly subdued taste that I like, and it's 10x better than garlic powder. 

With onions, they're dirt cheap.  There's no excuse for using onion powder.

As far as salt goes: halite is halite, and I haven't tasted any halite which is better than any other halite.

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 10:34:56 AM »
Basil and oregano can easily be grown indoors, a large pot and some potting mix and a packet of seeds or starter plants and you're good to go.
Be sure to place them where they will receive plenty of sunlight. Edwardo's Pizzeria in Chicago used to grow all of their own basil in planter boxes inside of their store under grow lights.
Two basil plants kept picked will keep you in basil for a long time.
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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 08:43:10 PM »
Basil and oregano can easily be grown indoors, a large pot and some potting mix and a packet of seeds or starter plants and you're good to go.
Be sure to place them where they will receive plenty of sunlight. Edwardo's Pizzeria in Chicago used to grow all of their own basil in planter boxes inside of their store under grow lights.
Two basil plants kept picked will keep you in basil for a long time.
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Wasn't easy for me. Last summer I put a basil plant under a skylight, after about a week I could see it wasn't going to make it. Maybe I over-watered it.

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 11:58:29 PM »
Matt;
Water the herbs once, maybe twice a week at the most. Maybe there wasn't sufficient sun light exposure time from the skylight. Indoors I've found a window exposure facing any direction except for north works well. We lived in an apartment for the better part of a year when we were between houses and I grew my basil in a pot by the steps leading up to the front door. My neighbor used to grow it in his basement under grow lights....at least I think it was basil, that's what he told me it was.
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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2017, 12:27:23 AM »
That was California oregano Tom

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Re: Which dry spices are worth and which are not?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2017, 11:37:34 AM »
Whatever it was it tasted good on my pizza and he never complained about the pizza which I gave to him for sharing....come to think of it, I always wanted more after we finished the pizza....(munchies?)  :-D
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