March 10, 2016
A lot of people become daunted when it comes to adding herbs and spices to something they’re cooking. And for good reason! There’s a fine line between something that is seasoned just right, and something you wouldn't feed your dog. How many of you have opened your spice cabinet, looked at the various jars of herb and spices from over the years and promptly shut the door? I don’t blame you. There’s likely the usual suspects lurking in there: salt, pepper, maybe an Italian seasoning, cinnamon, garlic powder and finally the random thimbles of spices you bought for that one recipe 3 years ago that now collects dust. We’ve all been there. That wall of random bottles and jars can make your head spin.
Herbs and spices shouldn't be scary, they should be fun! Think of a dish as a blank canvas that is just teeming with potential. So how does one go from the seasoning illiterate, to a spice boss? Follow these simple steps to properly seasoning your food to find out. Don’t drive yourself nuts trying to follow them to a T. Cooking should be fun and part of the fun is experimenting with your own ideas and flavors. Once you have the basics understood, you can begin to create your own fanny-kicking flavors yourself!
Note: This how-to is geared toward seasoning dishes other than strictly meat. Meats like steak use a slightly different technique that I’ll explain in a later post. OK, here we go!
Hope these steps at least lower the anxiety a bit. We want to hear from you on what works and doesn’t work in your own seasoning adventures. Let us know! We love learning new techniques that can help others and us with our own cooking!
Also, show us your creations on Instagram #WaywardGourmet and Twitter @WaywardGourmet. We'll post your deliciousness on our site. Cheers!
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