When trying to eat healthy, whether that be because you are on a special diet like me for my diabetes or you just want to eat the healthiest you can, knowing all about herbs is so important. You can add a lot of flavor for no added fat if you know when and where to season. Here is some basic information about some common kitchen herbs and how to use them.
An Introduction To Kitchen Herbs and Spices
First, it is important to know the difference in flavor power between fresh and dried herbs. Fresh herbs will almost always taste better, but dried herbs are great for storage purposes. When using fresh herbs, use half the amount of herbs the recipe calls for as most recipes, unless they specify, are referring to dried herbs.
Also, growing many herbs can be a very simple way for you to save some money. Herbs do well inside and they are mostly easy to grow and care for and will allow you to harvest many times at a fast rate. Most people who grow herbs can’t harvest fast enough, so they dry them out and preserve them.
Some herbs and seasonings every kitchen should have include onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, chives, turmeric, rosemary, parsley, dill, curry, Chinese 5 spice, chilli powder, paprika, cinnamon and white pepper. These are the most commonly used herbs and are great for starters.
Don’t be afraid to experiment! Part of the fun of adding herbs to your dishes is finding out how much you like and what you like and the way they taste together. Just air on the side of “too little” rather than “too much”. You can always add more seasoning and herb if the flavor is not as strong as you had hoped. Another thing to keep in mind, is, most herbs and spices will not taste to their full flavor right away after you add them. Give the herb time to develop in your recipe before you judge if you need more or not.
If you are interested in growing your own herbs, make sure you check out the following articles:
Here are some common cuisines and the herbs that are used in each:
|Cuisine||Popular Herbs, Spices & Seasonings|
|Italian||basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, parsley|
|French||thyme, French tarragon, rosemary, basil, sage, mint, marjoram|
|Greek||dill, lemon, oregano, fennel|
|Spanish||saffron, smoked and regular paprika, rosemary, thyme|
|Mexican||cilantro, chili powder, cumin, Mexican oregano|
|Indian||curry powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric|
|Chinese||five-spice powder, star anise, fennel seed, cloves, cinnamon, ginger|
|Thai||Thai basil, cumin, turmeric, lemon grass, cinnamon|