Unlock your foods hidden potential. No more bland chicken and broccoli, microwave meals or fast food. Its time to find a whole new world and its right behind a cupboard door in your kitchen. It times to enhance, change, add flavor and aroma to your daily cooking duties. If you’re not cooking daily then this quick guide will help you find your inner chef.
When people buy spices a lot of times they purchase a blend of spices. Although if you read the packages label you will quickly find that salt is the first ingredient in a large majority. This isn’t what you need. Salt is important when preparing food just ask any chef. But if you add salt and it comes with all your blended spices than you should just lick a salt block. Now that doesn’t sound fun unless you’re a deer. Salt is abundant in all packaged and processed foods everyone knows that to be true. Plus, if you’re not eating too healthy than you’re getting more than your daily share. With that being said I am still a person who cooks with sea salt every time and its fine in moderation unless a doctor tells you otherwise. Although by utilizing different spices you can cut back on your salt addiction.
Spices are also good for your health. They have so many properties that can help with arthritis, heart disease, skin infections, digestive help, lowering blood pressure and even getting rid of excess gas. These are a few helpful elements that spices contain without mentioning the anti-fungal, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. The truth is spices have been helping humans for centuries.
Spices are key to helping with eating healthier. Buy the spice and find a dish that can be made with it or other spices. Then close your eyes, smell the food and give it a taste. A lot of those flavors are coming from you know where, the spices. When the say the spice to life what do you think they mean? They are saying why not discover something that can give your dishes more complexity and layers. So I challenge you to buy a new spice when you go shopping next and give it a try.
Today we are going to list some good ones to have in the spice rack. There are 30 here but you don’t need all of these at once. So there is no need to buy a bunch of new spices right away. But a few like basil, cumin, salt, pepper, ginger, oregano and cayenne because we like it spicy. We recommend these seven if you don’t have them in your pantry but we hope you have a couple already.
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The basics – Pepper and salt. We prefer cracked pepper and kosher sea salt. Many simple dishes can be made with only these two spices and you will enjoy the dishes true flavors.
Mediterranean (Italian/Spanish/Greek) cuisine – basil, garlic (fresh or powder), oregano, fennel, onion powder, marjoram and parsley. This is the go to with some tomatoes, spinach and some fresh grated cheese or whatever your cupboard has in store.
Mexican/southwest/spicy cuisine – Cumin, cilantro, red pepper, cayenne, chili powder, Mexican Oregano, Cajun and creole seasonings. Sprinkle one or two of these and turn up the heat for good measure then you’ll be jumping up and down with excitement.
Far east and Indian cuisine – Chinese five spice, sesame seeds, fresh or ground ginger, curry, turmeric, saffron, garam masala and cardamom. A little garlic, soy sauce and sweetener like honey or brown sugar with a couple of these spices and you’ll be an Asian food chef rookie in no time.
Sweet and savory – Ground cinnamon or sticks, whole nutmeg or ground, vanilla beans or extract, allspice, cloves and mint. These will help you hit that sweet tooth spot without staying on your hips for a lifetime.
Thyme to Thyme – Bay leaves, thyme, dill, rosemary and sage. All these normally get pushed to the back of the cupboard with seldom use but they still have a place at the table and can be used from time to time.
The list wouldn’t be complete without some liquids that are spices best friend. Lemon, lime or any juice, soy sauce, olive oil, wine, sherry, liquor, vinegar, Worcestershire, hot sauces and BBQ sauces and many others.