Your spice drawer is a treasure chest of zippy, zesty, sweet, savory and spicy flavors; and one of the best qualities of herbs and spices is they are salt-free. Here’s a how-to guide on the flavor profiles of common spices and how to season with them.
|Herb/Spice||Delicious Pairings||Extra Tip|
|Basil – Somewhat sweet, earthy||Add dried to dish at least 15 minutes before they are done cooking for full flavor. Add fresh right before serving to avoid flavor loss.|
|Curry Powder – A blend of spices usually including turmeric||Some curry powder can be hot and spicy. If you prefer a milder one (or a hotter one) look up the recipe online and make your own mix from spices in your spice drawer.|
|Cumin – Toasty and earthy with a little spice||Cumin is also part of the Indian spice mix garam masala. Delicious when paired with coriander in Mexican or Indian food.|
|Rosemary – Woodsy||Long sticks of fresh rosemary can be used to brush marinades on meat or as a skewer stick for grilled kabobs.|
|Smoked Paprika – Smokey with a fair amount of heat||Use it to add the smokiness of bacon to any dish without the extra fat or salt.|
|Thyme – Earthy||Lightly crush dried leaves between your fingers when adding to a dish to release the flavor.|
|Cinnamon – Sweet and spicy||The natural sweetness means you can cut the amount of sugar in a recipe.|
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