5 Simple Seasoning Tips
Posted on October 11 2016 by Amina Karic
You’ve probably found yourself in this situation before- you’ve got friends over and they’re expecting a dinner. A simple pasta may suffice, but then again you know that boiling noodles in hot water are not all there is to it. The secrets to any delicious meal are in the spices! Without them, your meal would be hardly recognizable.
Now the only problem that remains is how to season your meal to perfection. You can find some useful tips in this post- your next dishes will be anything but bland.
1. DON'T BE RECKLESS WITH SALT & PEPPER
There’s no doubt that salt and pepper are the basics to any savory meal, but there are situations where it’s best to use them carefully. For example dishes like pasta and potatoes are already boiled in salt water. You should only lightly spice the dish up with a salt and pepper shaker as a seasoning, being cautious not to over-salt the dish. Often a pinch of iodine is alternatively used for salting, to avoid overlapping the flavor of the dish or the consequences of high blood pressure which often go along with high salt intakes.
2. TRUE TASTE DEPENDS ON YOU
It’s tough to say what the optimum amount of a spice is exactly. The amount really varies from dish to dish. The best method to figure it out is to start with a small amount and continue to increase the amount of spice after each taste test until you're satisfied.
3. SEASON AT THE RIGHT TIME
Whether you need to season before or after cooking, the dish actually depends on the spice itself. Salt, for example, should be added early on to give the ingredients time to absorb it. On the other hand, spices like paprika are best to add in after you’ve finished cooking since the taste gets bitter if it’s added beforehand.
4. EMPHASIZE THE DESIRED EFFECT OF THE DISHES WITH YOUR SPICES
There are countless possibilities to refine your favorite dish with spices- as long as you’re careful and know in advance which spice you want to use to dominate the overall flavor. For example, if you love your spicy meals, try using hot chili peppers to bring a really intense taste. For a memorable taste in savory dishes, we recommend spices like curry, nutmeg, cinnamon and paprika to help add that extra kick in flavor. When it comes to sweet dishes, cinnamon harmonizes perfectly with vanilla.
If you just just want to add a subtle taste to any dish, be sure to go light on using the spices. For instance, if you don’t like adding a lot of salt, adding herbs instead makes a great light and healthy alternative.