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Why should spices in general not be added until near the end of the sauteing process?

Most spices including peppercorns and cinnamon will scorch when subjected to very high heat or temperatures for more than a short time. And this high heat during sauteing will alters the chemical composition of the spices, giving them a disagreeably bitter flavor. As such, it is advisable to add the spices towards the end of the sauteing process to avoid this problem.

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13:48:48 on 02/16/08 by Webmaster - Quick Cooking Tips -