Think you’ve tasted one black pepper you've tasted them all? Not so.
Most spices don't keep for more than a few months. It’s best to buy spices in small quantities from a trusted supplier to ensure freshness & volatility. The best indications for optimal freshness are the color & aroma. If the spice lacks either, it’s too old to use. Explore the Indian grocer in your neighborhood.
Patience, my friend. The world of spices cannot be conquered all at once.
Take time to explore the complex flavors you introduce into your cooking. Taste how spices transform your creations. This type of fun isn’t only for restaurant chefs. It’s available to you at home when you come to the kitchen with a desire to experiment & learn. There’s no shortcut for experience, practice will translate into depth of flavor.
Spicy doesn't always mean hot.
Spices can introduce a new dimension to what was once just tried, true & tested. Why not add some popped cumin seeds to your favorite soup or stew? To live spicy means no sticklers in the kitchen! Be willing to explore and expand your limitations. When you cook with joy & abandon, every meal is an opportunity to create something new.
S P I C E S & S U C H
The sole purpose of the Health Benefits section of our spice pantry is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.