Spices

The Truth About Spices

Kosher Salt

Chef uses Kosher salt in a variety of dishes. Kosher salts help digestion, preserves blood vessels and cells, don’t contain any additive iodine. The grains are coarser and more substantial, shortens cooking time, and vitamin K prevents muscle degeneration. It’s ideal for drawing out moisture from the meat, making it perfect to use during the koshering process. Chef uses Kosher salt in a variety of dishes.

 Sea Salt

Sea salt comes in a variety of colors, including pink, gray, and green, which may indicate its source and mineral content.

Sea salt is known for its coarse, crunchy texture and more robust flavor. Potato chips and other snacks use sea salt because of its ALL natural nature. 

Some health-conscious people choose it because it contains minerals like magnesium. The difference between it and table salt is the salt content and coarseness.

Black Pepper

Try some freshly ground black pepper added to turmeric milk or turmeric tea. Black pepper the best flavor enhancer on eggs.

Black pepper is known to offer several health benefits. It helps promote weight loss, improve digestion, relieve cold and cough, boost metabolism, and treat skin problems. 

 Oregano

Oregano is widely used in Mediterranean cooking. It was originally native to the mountainsides of Greece, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries. You’ll see it in dishes like pasta sauces, pizza, bread, and even marinades for chicken and other meats.

Oregano can be used for medicinal purposes as well. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine properties.

Try making some Oregano tea.  

Thyme

Many people use Thyme in baking, grilling, and poaching. It can be added to stocks and doughs. Thyme wrapped in a damp paper towel and place it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Dried Thyme stored in airtight jars in keeps longer the pantry.

Thyme has antibacterial properties and can help to treat athlete’s foot. It can help to ease all types of cough and stimulate digestion. Other uses are weight loss and relieving sinus, asthma, and nasal congestion.

It is said to reduce the risk of cancer and heart and liver ailments.

 Turmeric

Ground turmeric is also a primary ingredient in curry powder. Try some Turmeric in milk or tea. Turmeric is made from the ground roots of the plant. It’s known for its bright yellow color.

It’s so beautiful that some people use it on the skin as a colorant. It gives the skin a lovely golden glow.

Ayurvedic medicine recommends turmeric for a variety of health conditions such as chronic pain and inflammation.

 Chili Powder

Chili powder contains cayenne pepper for heat. The heat level will be deferent depending on the brand of chili powder. Chili powder can be used in burgers or of coarse chili.

Chili Powder can help boost energy production and increase antioxidant defense. Chili Powder can assist in red blood cell formation, improve cognitive functioning, maintain healthy blood pressure, and support the digestive system.

 Cayenne

Ground cayenne pepper is eight times hotter than chili powder. It will make your chili blazing hot! Fresh cayenne chili peppers can be used to make spicy drinks, sauce, chutney, or even be used for pickling. Try adding it to eggs, pasta, or nuts for a tasty, healthy kick.

Cayenne pepper helps with digestion, relieves migraine pain, prevents blood clots, relieves joint pain, and supports weight loss.

 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is enjoyed in stick form, as a powder, pre-ground, or even in essential oils. Cinnamon is a spice used in dessert because it’s so delicious! It can be used as a topping for hot drinks like lattes and cappuccinos!  

Cumin

Cumin is used to flavor most meat dishes and is also good with some types of fish. Whole cumin seeds are often added to lentil and pulse dishes. To bring out the seeds’ best flavor, they are usually toasted in a dry frying pan or with a little butter before adding to other ingredients.

Cumin is known for its digestive properties. It’s an excellent iron source, which is needed to transport oxygen to all the cells within the body.  

 Fresh Parsley

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe. Fresh parsley has a strong flavor that holds it’s own against heavy meats and healthy spices. I add chopped parsley to meatballs and ground chicken dishes. I sprinkle it on everything, especially seafood.

Chop about 1/3 of the bunch and store it in a container in the fridge, so it’s ready to use. If there is anything left, cut it and freeze it. It still will add great flavor when stirred into a dish.

Parsley possesses anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It has an abundant array of robust features, which help fight illness. Parsley contains vitamin A, C, and K.

 Fresh Basil

Basil is added to practically any dish. Use your imagination! Make a homemade spice blend that includes basil and add it to virtually everything. A 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often sooth indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness. 

How about Basil essential oils? A few drops of basil oil can often relieve ear infections. Adding 2 cups of strong Basil Leaf tea to a warm bath can reduce stress and facilitate relaxation. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains A, C, K, folate, iron, and calcium.

 Fresh Cilantro

Cilantro can be added to salads and green smoothies. I love it in tacos or chili! It also is excellent with seafood and soups. Cilantro can lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar, relieves stress, and anxiety. Cilantro is high in folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

 Red Pepper Flakes

Crushed red pepper is made from hot dried red chilies, usually from crushed cayenne. Red pepper flakes are used in cooking or as condiments with various foods, including top pizza. Make sure to use whole chiles with the stem removed. Be sure not to remove the seeds or veins. Place the chiles in a small, clean, coffee mill, and pulse to your liking.

Chili peppers are very high in vitamin C. Vitamin B6, which is essential to metabolism. Vitamin K1, which is necessary for blood clotting, and Potassium, which is heart-healthy. Store the red pepper flakes in a spice jar or tin. Pepper flakes retain their potency for a very long time.

 Sage

Sage can be used to season foods such a chicken, stews, and soups. Try some Sage tea. It will reduce stress. Sage is an herb that has a sweet yet savory flavor. 

Sage has antioxidants, which are said to reverse the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. It’s an excellent toner for oily skin and hair loss.

It contains vitamin C, which is good, which helps maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, and bone.

Rosemary

When you think of rosemary, what does it bring to mind? May you think of freshly baked bread? Baking is just one of the uses of rosemary. It is also used in a variety of other dishes, including soups and pasta. Rosemary is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. Rosemary oil might be an excellent addition to your pantry and your essential oils collection.

 It contains many nutrients, suitable for hair growth, and memory function. Rosemary is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and folate. The herb is also a good source of several minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and Potassium.

 Paprika

Paprika is widely used in Indian, Spanish, Turkish, and Moroccan cuisine. Paprika comes in various colors, ranging from bright red to brown.

It also varies in degrees of spiciness. Red paprika is said to be the mildest, while tan or yellow are often the spiciest. There are different blends; some are of hot and sweet varieties.

Paprika is a good source b6, vitamin E, Vitamin K, riboflavin, and niacin.

It works great as a garnish. It can also add color to your dishes.

 Dill

In the Middle Eastern and North Africa, dill is commonly used in cuisine. Dill works well with potatoes. Hot and cold dishes. It also works well with grains such as barley, quinoa, wheat berries, couscous, and bulgur. Dill seed is often used in pickles, crackers, and loaves of bread.

Dill comes in dried form as well as fresh. Fresh dill is often added to seafood dishes, yogurt sauces, kinds of vinegar, potato salads, fresh-baked bread, and soups. It can also be used as a garnish like parsley. 

Dill contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, B12, and vitamin C.

Cheers!