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All About Herbs and Spices: Get to Know Your Favorite Flavorings
Whether you are trying to flavor up your utilitarian weeknight meal, cook a special fare for guests, or replace fats or other intolerances in your cooking, spices play a key role.
You can add a whole lot of taste and flavor for very little added caloric by wisely using herbs and spices.
A Quick 101 on Kitchen Herbs and Spices
There’s a big difference in taste and in required amounts in regards to fresh, dried whole varieties, and dried powdered products.
As general rule, fresh products normally require about half the amount of the dried versions thanks to added flavor compounds that often evaporate in the drying process.
And for hard, seed and bark type spices such as peppercorns and nutmeg, crushing with a mortar and pestle, pepper mill, spice grinder or even with a blade style coffee grinder will truly bring out the flavor.
Growing your own herb garden is an excellent way to save some hard earned cash as well as having a steady supply of leafy green type of herbs.
Although you will likely have large supply in the summer months (and an indoor herb garden can extend this), you’ll likely suffer a dearth of fresh greenery in the winter months if you live in cold climate.
This is where drying either conventionally or with using a purpose built food dehydrator comes in handy. There are also various techniques to freeze you herbs so that they are ready to use in a near fresh state.
Don’t get locked into that chart! Many of these ethnic cuisines have cross-over tastes and flavors. Think fusion! There would be no such thing a Korea/Mexican bulgoggi-taco trucks without experimentation!
With the arrival of the colder seasons, the warming combination of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg) is a welcome addition to meals and drinks alike. It’s great in baked goods like pies, muffins, pancakes and breads. And yes, it actually makes pumpkin taste better too! Read more about each spice, and learn how to make this easy mixture at home, on Foodal now!
One of the staples in every spice rack, cloves add bright, warm flavors to numerous dishes. At home in sweet and savory recipes, their distinctive flavor adds a zip of spicy warmth in everything from baked goods to pickles to roast pork – and they’re an antioxidant superstar! Join us on Foodal for all the information you need on how to use this enticing spice more often!
Do you think wasabi is just that green blob you’re too afraid to eat on your sushi plate? Think again! Wasabi is an extraordinary rare plant that provides a vibrant flavor and spicy punch. Learn exactly what it is, how to buy it, how to prep and store it at home, and how to cook with it in your own kitchen. Read more about this tasty rhizome on Foodal now!
You love it as a creamy condiment spread on your favorite roast beef sandwich, but what else do you really know about horseradish? Foodal has everything you need to know about this fiery root with the funny name! From its origins to how to best prep and store it, learn all the essentials about horseradish. Read more now on Foodal!
Do you know if horseradish and Japanese wasabi are the same thing… or not? Things aren’t always what they seem! Get to know all the similarities and differences between these two tangy relatives. What you learn might actually surprise you! Read more about your favorite spicy ingredients now on Foodal.
We know that herbs and spices contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants that promote good health. And turmeric is right up there with the best, thanks to its active ingredient, curcumin. Find out how you can easily add more of this super spice to your diet – read more now on Foodal.
A favorite among French chefs, tarragon has a distinctive flavor and fragrance that’s reminiscent of anise. Delicious in sauces and condiments, it’s also a natural for fish, poultry, eggs, and vegetables – and beverages, too! Find out all you need to know about this royal herb right here on Foodal!
Are you looking for the best spice rack? One that will keep you organized? Foodal’s got you covered, with reviews of the best models. Once you discover how to efficiently organize your seasonings, you’ll find you enjoy cooking a lot more. Check out your options now.
With the arrival of cooler weather, we instinctively turn to denser foods to provide more fuel, and heat, for our bodies. But we can turn up the heat even more with the addition of warming spices. Join us for a look at which spices provide the most warmth, and how to add more of them to your menu.