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An Introduction to Cooking with Herbs and Spices

Common Practices but no Set Rules

You will find a few common guidelines to follow when cooking with herbs and spices but set rules have no place in something as personal as taste. Being unfamiliar or unpracticed using herbs or spices is easy to remedy and the process of refining your knowledge can often be an extremely enjoyable experience.

Start in Your Local Supermarket

A trip to your local grocery store or farmers market is a wonderful place to start your culinary journey. Most supermarkets have an extensive selection of fresh herbs and spices for your consideration. If the herbs are in not sealed in plastic containers pick the bunches up and breath in the unique fragrance of each individual plant. For a more intense experience lightly bruise a couple leaves to release the essential oils. The absolute best way to learn is to dive in and simply start, so gather up the herbs and spices which smell delicious to you and take them home.

Elevate Your Food

Most recipes usually call for some type of herb or spice, and those which do not specify seasonings can certainly benefit by the addition. Every professional chef knows that herbs and spices elevate good food to something unique and exceptional. So, take these few guidelines and make your memorable meals unforgettable.

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