so I bought cinnamon sticks...
On a whim yesterday, I bought cinnamon sticks to replace my cinnamon powder with. Is there a discernable difference in taste between the two? Is it worth the trouble? I don't have a coffee grinder, so I'm assuming the best way to grind them is with my microplane?
Do I use the sticks the same way that I'd use the powdered cinnamon, once I get them ground? I'm looking forward to sticking a stick in some cider or hot chocolate as it gets cooler out.
I really have never used whole cinnamon sticks once. I tried about 5 years ago, because they were the only thing available in the house where I was baking. I tried to smash it with the food processor, put it in a bag and hit it with a hammer in the driveway and drive back and forth over it with the minivan in a vain effort to make it useable. Never worked, but I'm sure the neighbors got a laugh.