Tips to help you master seasoning
Whether you’ve been cooking for ages or just know how to make noodles, there are some rules when it comes to seasoning that you may not be aware of. Even the most well versed in the kitchen may not know the best way to utilize certain spices. Here are some do’s and don’ts that will come in handy the next time you’re in the kitchen.
Salt is used in almost every dish but did you know that you should use kosher salt—rather than table salt—when seasoning meat? Its larger particles distribute easier and stick well to the meat’s surface.
The strength of pepper depends on the timing of its use. If you want a strong pepper flavor, season meat after searing because keeping the pepper away from heat will preserve its strong flavor. Seasoning before cooking will lesson the pepper’s kick.
Add hearty herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, and marjoram to dishes early on in the cooking process so they have time to release maximum flavor. This also allows their texture to be less harsh. Save delicate herbs like parsley, cilantro, tarragon, chives, and basil for the end, or their flavor and color might fade. In general, when you’re cooking with dry herbs, add them at the beginning while fresh herbs should be added at the end.
Maybe the biggest do of all is to make sure you get the most flavor out of your spices by using fresh seasonings. The best way to ensure your spices are fresh is to avoid pre-ground spices. This is why Dan Gold seasoning features many blends that are not pre-crushed.
An important do is to taste as you go. Adding a little of this and a pinch of that, and soon enough you’ve added too much of something. If you find yourself in this dilemma then don’t fret; there are solutions! If your food is too salty, add a sweetener or something acidic like vinegar, lemon or lime juice, honey, or maple syrup. If your food is too sweet, add an acid or seasonings such as vinegar or citrus juice, even a dash of cayenne. If your food is too spicy or acidic, add fat like butter, sour cream or cheese.
Remember these tips the next time you cook and avoid common mistakes people make. Seasoning is an art that takes time and effort to master. With some tips under your belt, take this confidence to the kitchen!