How to make a perfectly seasoned meal

August 30
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What's the best seasonings to use for any dish?

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hawkcyber2 avatar

There can be hundreds of different spices and spice blends available in many stores. Spices are used by professional chefs and many home cooks--in fact, usage has only continued to grow from 2011 to now, according to a recent survey report. While everyone has different tastes, these are spices; Rosemary, Cinnamon, Oregano, etc. you will certainly want to consider keeping around.

In addition to grabbing the saltshaker to boost flavor in soups, stews, and sauces, try a drop of lemon juice or vinegar. Like salt, acid competes with bitter flavor compounds, reducing our perception of them as they “brighten” other flavors. Just a dash—1/8 teaspoon—can go a long way.

Lastly, no matter how or what you cook, spices are one of the most crucial elements of your pantry. They're a quick way to add a lot of flavor to whatever you have on hand, from canned beans to roasted vegetables to chicken breast. But they're also a vast category—what counts as a spice and what doesn't could be an entire philosophical treatise. I hope you find help here.

Tinkerfort avatar

To get the most aroma and flavor out of spices, buy them in small quantities and use them up quickly.   If possible, try grinding whole spices instead of buying them prepackaged to get the most flavor. You can grind them with a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder. Store whole and ground spices in airtight containers in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

There is Allspice seasoning which tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, which is why it is named “allspice”. This spice is used in both savory and sweet cooking. It adds a distinct flavor to baked goods like spiced cakes or pumpkin desserts. It’s also used in pickling and is the main ingredient of jerk seasoning. While allspice is used in North American baking, it is more common to South American and Jamaican cooking.  

Also, there are other great spices such as Nutmeg, Rosemary, Taco/Fajita seasoning, Italian Mixed Herb, Ground Cumin, Flavoured Salt, Curry powder, Cloves, Chinese 5 spice, Cardamom, and Cajun seasoning. All of the spices work differently with their tastes, which makes the food enjoyable.

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