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October 5, 2013

The Pantry Quiz #55


Multiple choice

What's the one absolutely foolproof way to tell the difference between cinnamon and cassia?

1. By the color.
2. By the smell.
3. By the curl of the quill.
4. By the price.


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: #3 is true and, in a pinch, if you don't have coconut cream, you can make a passable piña colada with coconut milk, which makes #4 true, too.]

You can find most answers to The Pantry Quiz by using the search box at right, at the top of the page, to hunt for clues. Come back next Saturday for the answer to today's quiz question.

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The curl of the quill.

#3. I have Vietnamese cinnamon, which a friend brought from there, as well as Korintje. It's a favorite spice of mine.

All of them!

I have no idea, and to tell the truth I don't really know what the difference is!

Time for a guess....C - by the curl of the quill.

Great question by the way.

By the smell.

I'm going for #3 - the curl of the quill. Since they are different plants, it makes sense to me that they would curl differently.

I got nuttin. Curious to find out the answer now though.

I vote for #3 but in a pinch price might also clue you in.

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