Where, When, and How to Use Them.
Admit it, you have your pantries filled
with them, or maybe you have them stashed
somewhere in the back of your cupboard,
and you just don't know what to do with them!
Whether they were bought on a sudden splurge
with the good intention of using them to
enhance your recipes and cooking,
or you just received some from your relatives
and/or friends as a sign from them
to step up your kitchen game,
you stare at them in confusion each time you want to cook, but you don't know how to use them;
You're afraid you’ll end up making your
meal worse with them than without.
Well, here's the thing; you're not alone.
We've all been there once, even the
greatest chefs had their mishaps.
Success would not exist if there was
no such thing as failure.
So with that, we’re going to talk about a few tips and tricks that are really simple and straight-forward.
With practice, you'll grow confident in your craft.
You won't regret it.
It's always worth a try!
Even just a few spices or
ethnic condiments that you keep in
your pantry can turn your
mundane dishes into a culinary masterpiece.
-Marcus Samuelsson, world-renowned chef,
owner of Red Rooster.
TIPS AND TRICKS
1- Store them well.
Each spice has its own method of storage (e.g: brown sugar tends to clump up if not stored in an airtight container; because of the moisture in it), so be sure to google your spices and their method of storing to ensure maximum shelf-life and flavor.
2- Fry your spices!
To get your spices as fragrant and flavorful as they
can be, make sure to fry your spices until they get aromatic. And you can also fry your big spices
(e.g: Cinnamon, Bay leaves) to infuse your oil,
and then remove them.
3- Make your own spices!
Let’s say you like lemon pepper chicken, and you want to be able to make it yourself,
you can grind your own lemon zest, black pepper, sea salt at home if you have a grinder. Or you can take them to the nearest spice shop, so they could grind them for you!
4- Know which spices compliment which.
Fact: some flavors are enhanced by salt, and some others are enhanced by sugar!
Some spice pairings make the best dishes, the possibilities are endless!
5- And finally, never be afraid to experiment!
There are many awesome recipes that were created by accident; You cannot predict the result until you have tasted it yourself.
So do not hesitate to mix your own spices and discover for yourself