Spice Management – Storing, Mixing, & Measuring
If you love spices, you probably have a drawer or cupboard full of jars, tins, and other mismatched containers. We usually acquire spices individually and often from various sources. There is a better way for your spice management.
Understanding how different spices pair with other spices and foods helps us get the most from our drawer of magic. And the careful measurement of seasonings is critical for creating that perfect recipe, especially in small batches and when cooking for only one or two.
At Spice Station, you can count on fresh, high-quality herbs and spices with every purchase. Maintaining that fresh quality requires proper storage.
Spices should always be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry area away from extreme temperatures and light. Ideally, you arrange your herbs and spices so you can easily find what you want. Organize your containers alphabetically, by spice types, or by how you typically use them.
Cooking with spices should be fun and not a frustrating search in a jumble of mismatched packaging. A good option is these square glass containers with shaker lids and labels. You may also want a rack or shelf system to help organize your containers.
Mixing & Blending Your Spices
Whether following a recipe or winging it to repurpose leftovers for a solo dinner, you are likely using more than one or two spices. Understanding how different herbs and spices work together can substantially increase your options, especially with a drawer full of Spice Station goodies.
Unless you’re a professional chef, you probably don’t have any of this information committed to memory. Since spices offer a world of flavor, many significant health benefits, and a pallet for creative expression, spice pairing and similar resources can be invaluable.
A spice pairing chart like this and a food matching matrix can be beneficial for your inner creative cook.
The Right Measure
Accurately measuring spices is essential for achieving the best results in any dish. You probably have measuring cups and spoons in your kitchen. Assuming they are of sufficient quality and working well, you are good to go on that front. But what about those small dishes or unique spices like cardamom that only require a pinch or a smidgen?
How much is that – really?
All these cute little measurements equate to fractions of a teaspoon ranging from about ¼. to approximately 1/64 teaspoon. Amazingly, some spices pack a powerful punch even at such small amounts. To miraculously revive leftovers into something new and spectacular, a couple of dashes of this and a pinch of that can make all the difference.
If you don’t already own one, a set of these small measuring spoons is your next essential purchase.
Regardless of your kitchen abilities, understanding spices and how they work with each other and different foods can make you a kitchen hero. Be bold and experiment to discover new favorites and gain confidence in your cooking abilities.
With a bit of practice and a selection of Spice Station quality, fresh flavors at your disposal, the world’s cuisine is at your fingertips.