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File powder

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer almost 5 years ago
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added almost 5 years ago

File Powder is a spicy herb made from the ground leaves of the sassafras tree. It is used in Cajun cooking when making gumbos as an herb and as a thickening agent.

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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 5 years ago

I just want to add that It should only be stirred in at the end of cooking. If allowed to boil, filé powder will cause a liquid to become stringy and unappetizing.

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pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 5 years ago

drbabs has it exactly right. Although I would add that people unfamiliar with Louisiana mix up creole and cajun cooking and this is more the former than the latter---although it is used in the cajun part of the state.