In the last few years, a new concept has entered our lifestyle: the consumption of herbs and spices. It is believed that they contain natural elements that boost various body functions such as relieving pain, boosting metabolism rate and improving blood circulation.
Herbs add a powerful punch to the dishes you cook at home, but it is important to use them properly and in the right amounts. Herbs and spices contain many compounds that give them their distinct flavors and aromas. Some chemicals in these herbs have been shown to fight infection, possibly reduce inflammation and control blood sugar levels; possibly protect against cancer; regulate blood pressure, improve digestion, increase Vitamin K absorption, fight viruses and possibly even prevent the common cold.
Cooking with herbs and spices isn’t as simple as it sounds. Sure they add great flavor to your food, but if used incorrectly, they can overwhelm or destroy your dish.
- Put herbs and spices just before serving food, so that the heat of the dish wilts the leaves and releases their essence into the food. Every cook needs to know which combinations of herbs and spices taste good together, and how much time to let them mingle before serving., if not sooner.
- A good cook needs to know which combinations of herbs and spices taste good together, and therefore it is important to customize the amount of herbs and spices accordingly!
- Buy fresh herbs whenever possible, and stock up on your favorites when they are available at their peak. When using fresh herbs, keep in mind to freeze them.
- You do not need to store your dried herbs and spices in the refrigerator. They will store well for an extended period of time in cabinets or cool, dry places
- Do not overcook the spices in your food as they will spoil the flavor of the dish you are trying to make. It is important to understand that herbs and spices enhance the flavor of the food and should therefore be used carefully and sparsely!
- Study the recipe you are trying to make and align the herb and spice according to the main ingredient of the recipe. Herbs and spices, therefore, act as seasonings to give more flavor to your main ingredient – therefore the balance should be maintained!
- When you are not aware of the strength of a herb and spice, always put a limited amount. Once you get to know their strength, then you can customize it and make it work for your cooking!
Herbs and spices are some of the most valuable tools in a chef’s kitchen and therefore hold so much importance for the impact that they can have on a certain dish. They can make you food taste better and if they taste better, that’s more enjoyable for you. That’s the way I always go about improving my cooking; to try and improve as much as I can so I can get pleasure from it.