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Herbs & Spices

Out of Fresh Garlic?

When a recipe calls for a clove of garlic and you have no fresh bulbs, substitute 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder for each clove. Next time you’re shopping, look for convenient jars of fresh minced…

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Preparing Herb Butters

Combine butter and seasonings. If butter is very soft, refrigerate until firm enough to shape easily. Place butter on a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a log and wrap. Refrigerate until ready to…

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Read up on Gingerroot

Fresh gingerroot is available in your grocer's produce section. It should have a smooth skin. If wrinkled and cracked, the root is dry and past its prime. When stored in a heavy-duty resealable…

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Removing Garlic's Skin

To easily remove the skin from a clove of garlic, lay the clove on a flat rubber jar opener, fold one side of the opener over and roll the garlic a few times on a flat surface with the palm of…

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Reuse Jelly Jars for Homemade Spices

I save empty jelly jars to store my favorite homemade Creole seasoning. I wrap the recipe for the seasoning around the jar and secure it with a rubber band. When I run out, I don’t waste time…

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Saffron Substitution

Saffron is a very rare and expensive herb with a pungent flavor made from the stigmata of the saffron flower. It is hand-harvested, and it takes at least 4,000 stigmatas to produce 1 ounce of…

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Seasoning Tip

If you’ve ever wondered whether you already salted a dish as you were rushing to prepare a meal, try this. Whenever you salt something, immediately follow by adding a bit (or a lot) of pepper.…

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Something about Summer Savory

Summer savory is an herb used to season soups, vegetables, fish, eggs, lentils and German dishes. Its leaves can be harvested fresh from your garden, or you can purchase savory in a dried crushed…

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Spice Savvy

Store spices in tightly closed glass or heavy-duty plastic containers in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight, over the stove or near other heat sources.
For best flavor,…

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Spice Substitutions

Need a Sub? Want those fall flavors, but don't have the spice on hand? Try these 1-teaspoon-sized substitutions:
Allspice:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground…

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