Building Up a Good Spice Rack
What the enthusiastic home cook really, really wants is to build up a good spice rack.
Learning how to cook with spices is the way forward in terms of getting maximum flavour and minimum calories into your food.
Spices are fat and calories free, yet they add a real punch to your cooking. Rather than relying on fats and sugars to get flavour into your meats and vegetables, spices allow you to vary the nationality of your cooking in the shake of a jar!
Building up a well-stocked spice rack means that you have access to flavours from around the world at your fingertips. By learning how to mix and match your various spices, you can learn how to get the flavours of Thailand, India, Mexico and Spain (and many more) using the same supermarket ingredients of chicken, rice and peppers.
The Cost Of A Good Spice RickA good spice rack does not need to cost a fortune to build. In fact, it is better to buy small amounts of fresh spices instead of large tubs that go off. Although spices may seem very robust, they can quickly deteriorate in quality when left for a period of time (only a year or so), especially if not tightly sealed or in daylight.
There are plenty of people who were given a spice rack as a wedding present that are still using the same spices in their kitchen many years on! These will certainly not be adding any authentic flavour to their food – perhaps a hint of damp, mouldy dust, instead!
The best place to buy your spices from is an oriental supermarket. Many towns have a small oriental supermarket and the vast majority of larger cities have at least one or two and maybe even a China Town or oriental cash and carry. Here you can buy really fresh spices for very low prices, which makes it easier to replace them every six months or so, keeping your cooking really fresh.