February 7, 2006
Full of Flavor
For the best flavor, buy the freshest ingredients you can find. Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables in season, when possible, or purchase frozen fruits and vegetables, which are generally frozen immediately after picking, so they retain a fresh taste and maximum nutrients. Adding herbs and spices can also make food tastier. Here are a few things to keep in mind when doing so:
Be aware that dry herbs are stronger than fresh and that powdered herbs are stronger than crumbled. If you want to substitute fresh for dry in a recipe, use one tablespoon of fresh herb for each teaspoon of dried.
When using herbs to increase flavor in you recipes, timing is everything. Add seasonings to chilled foods, such as salad dressings and dips, several hours before serving to allow time for their flavors to blend. If you’re making a hot dish such as soup or stew, add herbs toward the end of cooking time so their flavor won’t disappear.
Spices that hold up well if added early in the cooking time include allspice, coriander, cumin, ginger, and nutmeg.
Posted by Lisa at February 7, 2006 9:56 AM
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