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5 Seasoning Tricks That Everybody Should Know

We may not realize it, but seasoning plays one of the most critical parts in good cooking. You can have the most amazing cut of meat in the world, but it won’t necessarily taste good without the right herbs and spices.

While you may be used to throwing a bit of salt and pepper in a pan, it can be worth getting further outside of your comfort zone. You would be amazed at the difference it can make to your dishes.

In this article, we are going to talk about five seasoning tricks that everybody should know.

Let’s get started!

Always season gradually.

When using salt spice on meat, you may be able to get away with lathering it on plentily, but you don’t want to go pouring too much into something like a soup. It’s best to season gradually to get the perfect flavor.

It will also prevent you from wasting a lot of product. Some things are expensive, and you don’t want to use more than you really need.

Don’t neglect the fresh herbs.

Dried spices and herbs are great because they last a long time. However, they shouldn’t be your only method of seasoning.

Fresh herbs including basil, parsley, oregano, sage, and chives can be the perfect finishing touches to add a punch of flavor. Just be careful and know the correct stages to add. Some will release more flavor over time, whereas others are better for garnish.

Always taste test before serving.

This should go without saying, but to truly make the most out of any dish, you have to taste test. If something doesn’t seem quite right, you can always add in more of a particular ingredient.

For instance, if you think your food is too salty, a sweetener or acid can help counteract the flavor. Another example would be to add fat such as butter or sour cream if something is too spicy.

Season cold foods last.

Hot foods tend to hold their flavors much more than cold ones. Therefore, you want to wait until they are at serving temperature before adding any last touches.

You may find that things such as salad will require an extra pinch of salt or pepper before they reach the kitchen table. It’s a simple habit to get into that can take your culinary skills to the next level.

Know who you are serving.

Not everybody has the same taste buds, and how we react to certain things varies from person to person. For instance, someone who regularly eats spicy food can probably tolerate more than someone who hasn’t.

Have a glass of water or eat a bland cracker to cleanse your palate. It can also be wise to ask others for their opinions to be sure they will be happy with the final results.

Final words.

And that’s it! These were five seasoning tricks that everybody should know. What do you think? Do you have any other advice you would like to share with others?

 

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