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Cinnamon Stick vs. Ground

kingcvc's picture


Will try a recipe from the magazine that calls for 2 cinnamon sticks.  Don't want to run to the market in the freezing cold and thought of substituting ground cinnamon.  Anyone thing I can?  If so, how much ground cinnamon in place of 2 sticks?

BoofyQ's picture

(post #30335, reply #1 of 4)

Which recipe? Usually the point of using sticks is that you can steep them in a liquid and then fish them out at the end, thus infusing the liquid with the cinnamon flavor. If you use ground, it stays in there.


kingcvc's picture

(post #30335, reply #2 of 4)

It's the recipe for Best Texas Chili in the current issue and it does say to remove the sticks after simmering for 3 hours.

TracyK's picture

(post #30335, reply #3 of 4)

A little ground cinnamon goes a long way, especially in chili! I'd add just a dash... probably less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.

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ashleyd's picture

(post #30335, reply #4 of 4)

Cook's Thesaurus says "One cinnamon stick yields 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon" but I think Tracy is right to be cautious, commercial ground cinnamoin is likely to be more potent. I'd start with less than 1/4 teaspoon and test as you go - you can always add more but you can't take it out.

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