logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance
Comedy Movies
Romance Novels


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Hot & Spicy Site

BellaOnline's Hot & Spicy Editor

g

Keep Your Spices Ready For Use


We all love the look of a full spice rack hanging on the wall or in a stand but remember spices should be kept in a cool place. Additionally, the space should be dry and away from heat and sun. Do not place your spices near the stove since it is hot and moist, the moisture comes from the steam of boiling water and simmering pots. Also, it's best to leave the spice in the jars they were purchased in, except when you buy herbs and spices in bulk. If that's the case, store in containers that are airtight. Also, try to use dark glass such as cobalt blue or brown instead of clear jars.

Some herbs and spices are happy in the vegetable bin of my refrigerator in jars in a plastic zip lock bag. Red pepper type spices, all seeds (poppy, celery, sesame), as well as zested orange and lemon peels can be kept there. They seem to stay aromatic longer.

Your spice rack should hold herbs and spices that are essential to you. Think about the foods you cook and stock your spice rack accordingly. For instance:

Black Pepper(s)
-cracked
-whole peppercorns
-peppercorn blend
White Pepper (good when you don't want black flecks to spoil the presentation)
Regular salt and sea salt
Red pepper flakes
Cayenne Pepper
Oregano
Cilantro
Basil
Garlic powder
Cumin
Curry power
Italian seasoning
Chili powder
Parsley
Cinnamon
Dill weed
Ground ginger
Oregano
Smoked sweet paprika (I prefer Spanish)
Rosemary
Thyme
Allspice
Nutmeg
Sage
Onion flakes
Minced green onions
Parsley

If you only use a few herbs and spices, don't waste money, just buy those few. If you are trying a new recipe buy what that recipe calls for at that time. The longer a herb or spice is on the self the less likely it is to have full body and flavor. A busy supermarket that has a good turn around is a better place for those "I may need this" spices. By the way a pinch of basil makes brown gravy outstanding.

Remember to be open to change, or at least to a little experimentation. Check out new and untried recipes with ingredients or herbs and spices you have not used before. They may have your tongue singing praises.

Check out your old cookbooks, many have list's of spices and their uses in the back of the book. Who know's you may find the right combination of food and spice to make that ordinary recipe something that is outstanding.

Don't forget library book sales, they are gold mines for old books about spice use.

Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Twitter Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Facebook Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to MySpace Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Del.icio.us Digg Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Yahoo My Web Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Google Bookmarks Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Stumbleupon Add Keep+Your+Spices+Ready+For+Use to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Hot & Spicy Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Vannie Ryanes. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Vannie Ryanes. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Vannie Ryanes for details.

g


g features
Cheddar-Chipotle Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Veggie and Rice Salad

Spicy Sirloin Steak Recipe

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor