Whether you are a gourmet chief or the homemaker that cooks for the neighborhood band of crumb snatchers, you know the importance of quality seasonings and spices. There are some basic spices and seasonings that are a must for any kitchen. There are also the unusual and hard to find types. Regardless of which type of spice or seasoning you chose there are some basic things to bear in mind. Here are some tips to help you accomplish the goal of quality spices.
- Spices are dried and often ground or grated into a powder. The absence of fillers or pouring agents is desirable.
- Fresh is best: When ingredients that are used are fresh you are going to get the most out of each ounce. Buying smaller quantities is desirable so as to not have quantities stored for long periods.
- Packaged in barrier bags with sterile air will seal in freshness and flavor.
- Packages should be stored in cool, dry locations. Refrigerated is best for colored spices. Refrigeration or freezing can be used for those with high oil content.
An example of a site to use would be Pendery’s World of Chilies and Spices. This is a site that offers a wide variety of spices and chilies. This company has been around since the 1800’s. One of my favorites on their site is their hungarian paprika.