Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial herbs that I nurture every year, but add in a few other edibles, including vegetables, garlic, green onions, and a few tomato plants.

However, during the winter months, I have to rely on my kitchen cabinet of spices, seasonings and more.  I have finally admitted to myself that I must have an addiction, as I really love to try a variety of seasonings when I prepare our meals. I love my collection and have several favorites that I have acquired over the years.

My kitchen has three cabinets devoted to spices, seasonings, and flavorings.  My rolling rack contains a variety of salts, spices that are not used most days, and some baking decors.

My upper cabinet near my stove contains the spices I use most often for seasoning our meals.  Here I have a collection of salts, peppers, herbs, herbal blends, a variety of special blends, and some of my favorite mixes from Pensey spices.

I have found that using turntables in this cabinet has helped with the organization a great deal, as well as some boxes of spices organized by use which easily pull out to be accessed quickly.  I don’t buy my spices in large quantities, as I prefer to have fresh available all the time and would not use enough to justify large bottles of any particular seasoning.

I have a third cabinet for liquid flavorings and baking spices, along with more baking decorations.  Having an organized kitchen has helped me to be more efficient while preparing meals.  It has also helped me when planning to purchase ingredients for a new recipe, as I am able to easily check my current supply as I know where every one is located.

Springtime is a great time to get organized in the kitchen!

 

Salt from West Virginia

A friend from Charleston mailed me a jar of J.Q. Dickinson salt and I have been experimenting ever since it arrived by mail.  The company’s family trade began more than 200 years ago in Malden and has been recently revived as a new salt-works business.  Back in the 1850’s, the Kanawha Valley was known as the largest salt producing region of the United States.

The beautifully packaged salt is  first of all so attractive, and completely compelling as it takes only a couple of grains to make any dish come alive. For someone who is always looking at reducing salt intake, this product allows for outstanding taste satisfaction with minimal product needed.  Plus adding salt to a dish early in the cooking process often causes the dish to mask the salt requiring even more which leads to excess intake.

This salt can be used just as the dish is ready to be served and suddenly the taste has been elevated and the flavor profile has been raised to perfection.  Try a finishing salt on freshly roasted vegetables, grilled potatoes, any greens, and even strawberries, chocolate or a caramel dessert.  Every one of these options will cause your guests to wonder what have I been missing all of these years.

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salt and pepper grinder–a review

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cooking is much more enjoyable when having the right tools available.  this week, i was given the opportunity to test and review the Ozeri Fresko Duo Salt and pepper grinder for my blog.  the grinder is compact, compared to my other style grinders.  it allows for both salt and pepper in one tool.  the product is very well constructed with adjustable ceramic grinding mechanisms for both sides of the mill.

the duel chambers are easily accessed by pulling off and bending.  i was surprised at the ease and nice construction of this model. the grinder was easy to fill. i used a small funnel, which made the process flawless.  i selected red peppercorns and coarse sea salt for the two chambers.  to operate, it is easy to remove the stainless cap to reveal the grinder.  adjusting the grinder happens with a turn of the screw.

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the chamber windows provide an easy guide to the fill level of the tool. the mill is sleek and handsome, and provides precision grinding. during the cooking process, it is extremely handy to have the grinder at easy reach.  i keep my grinders right next to my cooktop. i would recommend the Fresko Duo salt and pepper grinder for any foodie.

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