It's Mr Taster, back after long hiatus to chow regions eastbound, struggling with this bizarre new interface for Chowhound.
Here's the scoop... one of the few things I returned home with from Asia was a stick of *real* cinnamon (and by real I mean not the tiny cinnamon sticks you get at Starbucks, who also gets their coffee (for micro-cents) from the hill tribe villagers in Vietnam and this fact is proclaimed proudly in all their storefronts there!... but I' talking about a real stick, about a foot long, the bark shaved off the trunk of a cinnamon tree. I do have a photo with me buying said cinnamon log on my horribly outdated travel blog at:
(The main webpage for my travels is www.travelpod.com/members/adamandeva )
So now that I've got the thing, what do I do with it? This thing literally is the bark of a tree, so I don't know whether to wash it or grind it (but when I grind it with a rasp, it tends to chip off into pieces too big for cinnamonn-y applications. But oh dear is the aroma heavenly....
Lastly, how do I preserve it? I was very careful of selecting my cinnamon log at the market, as there were plenty of ugly grey sticks with no aroma. Mine was a beautiful, fragrant bright orange. So how do I keep it that way for as long as possible?
(now with no . after the Mr, due to Chowhound technical restrictions)