A great way to pack a punch to any meal, herbs and spices are an indispensable weapon in the home cook’s arsenal. For novices however, the world of herbs and spices can seem daunting at first. With literally hundreds of flavours to choose from, how can you make sure your kitchen cupboards are stocked with the right ones?
Our latest foodie infographic provides a crash course in herbs and spices. We list the six essential flavours every spice rack should have, and we offer our expert tips on the best flavour combinations.
How to Use Herbs & Spices Like a Pro
If you think you are ready to take your meals to the next level with herbs and spices, there are a few pointers you should keep in mind. It’s best initially to be conservative with your measurements, starting off with 1/2 teaspoon for dishes serving four to six people. For maximum flavour, it’s usually a good idea to use fresh herbs however there is nothing wrong or unhealthy about opting for dried instead.
If using with meat, take some time to rub in the herbs or spices with your hands before you cook (just be sure to wash your hands after!). For salads, soak the herbs for 15 minutes to an hour when using as a dressing.
The Surprising Health Benefits of Herbs & Spices
Not only do herbs and spices add incredible depth, flavour, texture and colour to your food, but they also boast amazing health benefits. For example, did you know that herbs and spices are rich in unique antioxidants, essential oils and vitamins? These help our body combat germs, toxins and boost our overall immunity level.
What’s more, by providing a delicious and low-calorie alternative to salt, herbs and spices reduce the risk of salt-related health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Research has also linked the consumption of herbs and spices with lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of cancer.
Read the infographic below for more information.