Natural food flavorings
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natural food flavorings
For years spice lovers have known that they can
create incredibly tasty meals without having to
resort to tons of fatty foods. Who can't make a
meal seem more flavorful by adding a cream
sauce or loads of butter? Now is the time to get
out there and introduce yourself to spices.
The most common flavor enhancers that cooks use include onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Bell
peppers are also popular because the green ones are relatively inexpensive. By using these the
cook is adding vegetables, but often times as people age they cut back on these popular flavor-
filled foods, because their constitutions react to them negatively. Whether this results in high
blood pressure or indigestion or bad breath, there seems to be a time and a place for these
ingredients that may not align with what you are really looking for, which is more flavor in your
Today there is no excuse not to try some fresh herbs and spices. They are not only more
available, but the varieties and choices seem to be endless. For those of you, who like to shop
online, consider ordering some spices. Most companies will sell in small quantities and if you
are able to get them in bags and not in jars, you'll reduce the weight and save quite a bit on the
shipping costs. For those who like to shop locally, you just might be surprised to find a
specialty shop that sells just herbs and spices in your neighborhood. Many coffee roasters and
tea retailers have expanded into the spice business. They might be a place to begin.
Stepping into a spice shop can be fragrant to say the least. Not only can the smell be
overwhelming, but so can the choices. Online buyers can peruse at your leisure. But if you want
to try something right away, consider jotting down a few of your favorite seasonings and see if
your local spice shop owner or gourmet grocer can take you to the next level. For example, you
like the flavor of anise, but think it is only for cookies. Anise has a slight licorice flavor. You
will find that same flavor in fennel seeds, which can be ground up and taste great with pork.
You can also use the seeds whole, if you like, to make your own breads with a sweeter taste.
You're a one-dish wonder and an expert with the old crock pot. And you don't mind a little heat
with your meat. Pepper from peppercorns is universal, but there are so many more varieties for
heat seekers on the market today. Dare you go beyond cayenne and chili sauces and give
Szechuan peppers or grains of paradise a try? No, Szechuan
peppers are not just for Asian dishes anymore. They are a
great addition to crock pot cooking, but be forewarned. They
are intoxicatingly good, and you may never use black pepper
again! Use them sparingly as you would red pepper flakes,
and you won't be sorry.
One of the ways to know if you like a spice is to take a small
quantity of it and crush it in your palm with your thumb or a
spoon. Take a whiff. Do you like the smell? If so, chances are
you will like the taste, too. The advantage of going to your
local spice shop is that you can taste a few new spices while
you are there. Before you know it you'll be trying to figure out
a way to incorporate these newfound flavors into all your
meals. Now you're cooking.