How to use Herbs & Spices, or, Herb and Spice
Sometimes I want to cook a dish then go looking through the spice
cabinet for what to put on it. Spice manufacturers list the
ingredients but don't tell you it's possible uses. So there I stand;
dumbfounded. I decided to un-dumbfound myself, so, I did some
When you go to most sites you find the spice name and what to use
it on. I reversed it here listing the food to be cooked and what
spices you can use on it. Why? Cause I don't go to the spice cabinet
grab the Thyme and say "Okay, I want chicken tonight!"
Here we go...
First we'll go through some spice rules below. Then at the end
you'll find a link to a simple sheet listing the foods and favored
spices and herbs. You can skip the rules and go to the sheet from
here... Click Here.
Herbs & Spices are different but the same. Herbs are
generally the plant and leaves. Spices are generally the flowers,
seeds and roots. All have individual names even if they come from
the same plant. Both are generally called spices.
Herbs & Spices come fresh and dried. Fresh is best. Dried is
just fine and for imported spices is usually the only way you'll
find them. Both must be properly stored to retain their flavors.
Cool & dark is all you need to remember. Countertop spice
racks are pretty but not the way to go. The perfect spot is the
refrigerator but nobody does that. So, just keep them in the
cabinet, but, not over the stove.
To double a recipe, increase spices and herbs by one-half
the original recipe, then, taste and add more if needed.
Ground spices should be added near the end of the cooking
process. Same thing with basil, marjoram and parsley.
Buy spices in very small quantities unless you use them in large volume.
Doing this will force you to buy fresh spices.
Remember... fresh is best.
McCormick spices are extremely popular and adorn my spice cabinet
as well they may do yours. How can you tell when the spice was manufactured? You won't
find a date on the container, but, if you look on the bottom of the
container you'll see a code. Now, look on the label itself and
you'll see an address... make note of the city. Next, go to the
McCormick website and follow the instructions on the right. You
might be surprised! I was...I actually had a spice that was 10 years
old... ha...(shame on me) Click
here for the McCormick Site page...
Now... Click Here.
for the listing...