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Ground Cumin

Ground cumin is a finely powdered spice derived from the seeds of the Cuminum cyminum plant, a member of the parsley family. Known for its warm, earthy flavor with a touch of bitterness, ground cumin is a staple in various global cuisines, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, and Middle Eastern dishes. It adds depth to various savory preparations while also boasting potential health benefits, such as improved digestion and antioxidant properties. As a versatile spice, ground cumin is a popular addition to spice blends such as curry powder, taco seasoning, and garam masala. It complements a range of ingredients like meats, beans, and vegetables, and is often used in recipes like chili, soups, stews, and marinades. To extract the maximum flavor, ground cumin can be lightly toasted prior to use or added directly to your dish.
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IN SEASONINGS
500
CAL / 100G
$0.91
AVG / OZ
ground cumin
100%
CARBS
0%
FAT
0%
PROTEIN
Ground Cumin FAQ
When cooking with ground cumin, one common mistake is to use it sparingly because of its strong aroma and flavor. Quite contrary, this spice works best when used in ample quantities. It is also a common misconception to add it at the end of the cooking process, but to get the most out of ground cumin, it should be added early on, to infuse flavours into the dish. A useful trick to make ground cumin taste more vibrant is to toast it before using, either on its own or with other spices. However, be careful to not over-toast it, as this can make it bitter. Another trick is to grind cumin seeds at home, instead of using store-bought ground cumin. Freshly ground cumin has a much richer and more intense flavor.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does ground cumin expire?
Ground cumin is a dry spice that offers a surprisingly lengthy shelf life compared to many other foods. Unopened, ground cumin can keep up to 3-4 years so long as it's been stored in a cool, dark and dry area. Once the bottle has been opened, the spice can maintain its freshness and flavor potency for about 2-3 years. However, its quality can start to degrade after 6 months, even though it's still safe to use. When it comes to freezing, ground cumin can indeed be stored in the freezer to extend its shelf life even further. A sealed freezer bag or airtight container is a suitable solution for freezing. You don't need to defrost it; you can use it directly from the freezer since freezing doesn’t solidify it.
How do you tell if ground cumin is bad?
There are a few signs that your ground cumin might have turned bad. First, check the color. Fresh ground cumin has a rich, brownish color, and if your spice turns dull or fades, it might have gone bad. Second, smell it. Ground cumin has a very distinct, potent and aromatic smell. If you can't smell anything or the smell is very faint, that's a clear sign the spice may have lost its potency and it's time to replace it. Lastly, if it tastes bland and devoid of any warmth or spiciness, then it's probably past its prime.
Tips for storing ground cumin to extend shelf life
• Store ground cumin in a cool, dry, and dark place. A kitchen cabinet away from the heat of the stove is a perfect spot. • Keep the cumin in a tightly sealed jar or container to minimize exposure to air, which can degrade the flavor over time. • If you've bought cumin in bulk, consider freezing a portion in a sealed bag or container. It'll keep for a longer time without losing its flavor. • Label the container with the date of purchase so you will not forget when it was opened and can keep an eye for its decline in quality.
EXPIRES WITHIN
2 - 3.6
YEARS
Health Info
Macros
2g
CARBS
0g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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