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Here are some tips for using seasonings.
Whenever I am making a soup, stew, sauce or anything that will need many seasonings, I use the method I pictured below!
I line up on my counter all the spices I will be using. I then take each spice and measure it out and pour it gently into small round piles on top. Then when I am done, I can check that I have used everything I needed for my recipe. It really keeps things organized.
Then everything gets stirred in gently at the same time!
One hour after simmering, I always do a test taste! Then I adjust things like salt, pepper, sugar or garlic! I find this very helpful!
When cooking, shake your spices into the lid of the spice bottle or even your hand (unless it is hot pepper), then add them to your dish. Why not sprinkle them in right over the pot? Here are a couple of good and thrifty reasons:
1) You may accidentally dump a whole bunch in. This can ruin a dish. Sometimes it will pour out more quickly than expected, or the shaker lid may even pop off and all of the contents fall in. Ever tried to dip a few tablespoons of powdered garlic out of a pot of soup? Sometimes the dish can't be salvaged at all.
2) The steam from a pot of hot food can moisten your entire bottle of spice. If you hold the bottle over the steaming food, some of that moisture will be absorbed into the remaining spices. This can shorten the life of the spice, cause annoying clumps, or clog the holes in the shaker lid.
So, just give your desired amount of shakes into the lid or your hand and you can avoid the potential loss of expensive spices.
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I would like to find an herb and spice chart.
By KK from Kinmel Bay
These are free on line printable charts: