If you are one of the many out there choosing to eat healthier, you will quickly realize how valuable herbs and spices will become in your culinary toolbox.
There is a ton of great info out there about spices and how to use them creatively. One great resource is Robb Wolf. For some, learning about his approach towards nutrition may lead you to shake your head and turn away. You should consider what he says about nutrition in general, but if you don't, make sure you at least read about the 8 specific spices and herbs he recommends using.
Many of us are newbies at experimenting and using spices regularly, so take some time to learn the basics about using and storing them. Here are some general tips about spices from Penzys Spices:
How Much Should You Buy?
A guideline is to buy a 1 year’s supply of herbs or ground spices and a 1-2 year supply of whole spices. When in doubt about a spice, smell it. If it smells strong and spicy, use it. If not, toss it!
How Should Spices Be Stored?
To maintain their strong, fresh flavor, spices need to be stored properly. Glass or barrier plastic containers work great. Do not store spices near a heat source! So not on top of your stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, or near a sink. Also make sure spices are not kept near direct sunlight.
Some people suggest keeping spices in the fridge or freezer. Whole, crushed or ground chili peppers will stay fresh and colorful longer when stored in the fridge or freezer during the summer months. And other than Vanilla beans and extract, keeping spices in the cold won’t damage them.
Best of all, did you know that some spices and herbs have some serious health benefits?
Flavors of certain spices can cause the stomach to produce the gastric juices necessary to digest your food, and a teaspoon of chili power or paprika has enough Vitamin A (beta-carotene) to provide 16 % of your daily requirement.
You can read more about the health benefits of some spices & herbs at WebMD.
Go ahead and experiment with spices as you begin to explore cooking new and interesting dishes! Once you discover how much flavor they add to your food, you will be left wondering how you got along without them!
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