The only problem with these spices become commonplace and are growing familiar to the tongue. Few people know that the tongue has over 10,000 taste buds, so it is safe to say that the tongue can grow tired of the same spices day after
Here are 5 new spices that every kitchen should keep on hand.Crushed Mint – Mint is a very romantic spice. It is the Romeo of spices and is sensuous on savory dishes, such as lamb and vegetables, while also a welcome deviation on deserts and fruits.
The versatility of mint goes beyond food and adds a touch of class to almost any drink, including teas and other adult beverages. Studies show that mint also helps to produce stomach acid, thus aiding in digestion, which is a great thing if you like to eat. Another known fact about mint is that it repels rodents.
Next time, try bay leaves in your soup, casserole or roast, the longer the cook time, the more flavor will be pulled from the leaf. Just make sure to remove the leaf before eating, otherwise you will get a shock of strong, woodsy flavor when you bite down.
Mustard Seed – Just like the common condiments, these little balls
are bursting with a spicy and noticible flavor. Coming in a variety of colors and flavors, it will do good to try them all. Grinding up the seeds adds a beautiful color and taste while cooking rice.
Using whole seeds while oil is warming, allows the seeds to pop open, releasing their sharp flavor to permeate the oil. Ground mustard seeds also go well on meats such as chicken and lamb; add a little mustard seed and brown sugar to your breading mixture and you have an extremely tasty and crunchy crust when baked.
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Herbs De Provence – Herbs De Provence are, essentially, the Swiss Army Knife of the spice rack. This one combo-punch packs all of the common spices, such as basil, marjoram, thyme, sage, savory and rosemary. This mixture gives a full and robust flavor to any meat, including Venison, Bison and other strong meats.
It is also quite tasty on anything grilled. A little HDP on your skewers ties everything together and makes the meal memorable.
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The next time you reach for your bland spices, slap your hand with the wooden spoon and remember to reach for something that will give your taste buds a kung-fu kick to the roof of your mouth and back.
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