Last Updated on June 23, 2023 by Create Better Health
Spices are usually defined as the roots, bark, or seeds of various plants. Herbs are usually defined as leaves. Salt is neither an herb nor a spice!
Herbs are plants with savory properties that help add flavor to food and adding more visual appeal. Most herbs and spices lose flavor and color with age. Just like spices, herbs help you cut back on less healthy ingredients like salt, sugar, and added fat because of the flavors they bring to food.
Each year, test your herbs and spices by sprinkling a small amount into your hand and crushing them; if a distinct aroma is not immediately obvious, your herbs are past their prime. Sealed glass jars are best to lock in flavor and color.
Another way to preserve freshness is to buy whole spices (such as cumin seeds and black peppercorns) and grind them as needed in a coffee grinder (about $20 retail). This grinder should then be used for spices only and not for other uses.
- Cinnamon is found in tons of dishes and across all cuisines. It is a double duty spice as it can be found in both sweet and savory dishes.
- Cloves is a sweet and warming spice. It is most often used in baking dishes.
- Cumin has a smokey and earthy feel to it. It’s used in lots Mexican cuisine as well as North African, Middle Eastern, and Indian foods.
- Garlic Powder is made from dehydrated garlic cloves. It makes dishes sweeter and softer.
- Rosemary is a strong smelling and versatile herb. It pairs well with red meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables.
- Basil can be added to almost anything! Soups, salads, meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
- Mint has a fresh smell that is usually paired with beverages such as tea or it can be found in desserts.
- Oregano is found in lots of Italian or savory dishes.
- Thyme is often added to baked dishes and soups.
When making a seasoning blend, mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Try out one of these Create Better Health seasoning recipes:
* All blends are dried herbs and ground spices rather than fresh or unground unless otherwise noted
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