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Knowing Your Herbs and Spices in Food Preparation

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  • What makes a good cook? Someone who understands how to use herbs and spices in their food preparation.

    So let's learn about these valuable food flavorings and their history.

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The difference between herbs and spices


  • There are two distinct factors that separate herbs from spices – can you guess them?.
  • Herbs come from the leafy and green portions of the plant – these familiar herbs include basil, oregano and other that we use in cooking:
    HERB INFO: see below for herbs
  • Spices come from parts of the plant that make up the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds (everything other than the leafy portion):
    SPICE INFO: see below for spices
  • Many herbs and spices can be grown in everyday gardens – other spices come from foreign lands that make some of these spices expensive.
  • Why use herbs and spices It makes our food taste better. For example, spaghetti is a favorite dish that is made with herbs such as oregano, basil, and marjoram. Spices may include garlic, onion, paprika and pepper. Without these flavorings at the proper amount, spaghetti with be very bland and not tasty
    info: see what goes into spaghetti sauce
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Let’s start with spices


  • Spices add much of the flavor we enjoy in our meals that we consume today – everything from Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and many of the global dishes that have become favorites.
  • Did you know that nutmeg was once worth more in its weight than gold? And also pepper was highly prized that made the Venetian merchants wealthy:
    HISTORY: history of the spice trade
  • In fact, spices were so coveted in Europe that it launched the explorations of Columbus and others looking for a sea trade route to the oriental land of spices:
    SPICE INFO: spices: how the search for flavors influenced our world
  • What is your favorite spice There is so many to choose from – but the most popular spice is vanilla – used in ice cream, cookies, cakes, candy and just about everything that that add the vanilla taste. The most expensive spice is saffron
    info: 7 of the world’s most expensive spices
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Everything Spices: Ajway – Cacao

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Caraway Seed – Coriander

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Celery Seed   aboutimageshop
Chia Seed   aboutimageshop
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Cinnamon   aboutimageshop
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Cocoa Powder   aboutimageshop
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Cubeb Berry – Horseradish Powder

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Fennel   aboutimageshop
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Galangal Root   aboutimageshop
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Juniper Berries – Pepper

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Long Pepper   aboutimageshop
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Malheb   aboutimageshop
Mustard   aboutimageshop
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Onion   aboutimageshop
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Poppy Seed – Vanilla

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Sesame Seed   aboutimageshop
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Using herbs in cooking


  • You are probably more familiar with herbs – some of the most common herbs include basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, parsley, thyme and much more: see below.
  • Basil is the most popular used herb – used in preparing sauces, meats and salads: .
  • Many of the familiar herbs can be grown in your garden or sunny section of your home. It is nice to have available fresh herbs for meal preparation.
  • What herbs can you grow In most climates, you can grow basil, oregano, rosemary, mint, parsley, sage and many others. Some of the herbs can survive winter and return the following years. Some like basil are killed with the first frost
    info: best herbs to grow indoors
    What comments can you share?

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Everything Herbs: Basil – Drive Chives

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Chervil   aboutimageshop
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Fenugreek Leaves – Marjoram

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Mint – Thyme

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Oregano   aboutimageshop
Parsley   aboutimageshop
Rosemary   aboutimageshop
Sage   aboutimageshop
Summer Savory   aboutimageshop
herbs and spices Tarragon   aboutimageshop
Thyme   aboutimageshop

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Mixing herbs and spices together


  • Not all of us our master chefs who know exactly how much of each herb and spice that goes into a dish.
  • And we are not experts on what herb or spice to use for fish or pork or maybe a nice pasta salad.
  • That is why we have spice blends – where master checks bottle up their secret blend of herbs and spices that will go great with whatever dish we are preparing.
  • Ready to cook? You can find plenty of recipes for just any dish. So take a standard receipe and play with the herbs and spices to create the exact dish you and your family will like. What comments can you share?

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