Alum is the chemical compound aluminum sulfite and is also referred to as ammonium aluminum sulfite or ammonium alum. Alum is used primarily as a pickling agent, to add crispness, or as a dye fixer (mordant).
For New Orleans taste, use Blackened Creole Seasoning as a dry or wet rub on meats, poultry, and soy products. Its rich flavor also adds depth to beans and grains, Shrimp Creole and classic southern-style red gravy.
Dill's savory flavor has been described as a mix of anise, parsley and celery, its aroma as a combination of citrus, fennel and mint. A versatile herb, dill is an excellent accompaniment to any fish dish.
Aromatic dill weed is more delicately flavored than the seed from the same plant. It enhances rather than dominates and is delicious in salads, sauces, light gravies, and with fish and grains.
Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein and in some cultures both the leaves and seeds are consumed as a food. As a seasoning, the seeds are used whole or ground in a variety of ethnic cuisines.
This traditional French blend of aromatic herbs contains savory, thyme, rosemary, basil, tarragon and lavender flowers. For a taste of the Mediterranean, include a splash of this flavorful blend in dips and dressings, soups and salads, sides and entrees.
A classic blend of Mediterranean spices, Italian Seasoning will enhance almost any dish. Of course, it shines most in Italian fare, like spaghetti sauces and lasagna. Keep a good stock of Italian Seasoning and pasta on hand and you'll be ready for company in short order! Italian Seasoning is available whole or powdered.
A versatile seasoning, marjoram adds delightful aroma and minty, sweet taste to dressings, soups, butters and sauces. It's a key ingredient in several classic spice blends--like fines herbs and bouquet garni.
Nutmeg is the dried seed of the fruit of an evergreen. Warm and sweet, nutmeg adds depth to desserts and savory dishes alike. Sprinkle it on your eggnog, but try it on your potatoes, too!
A sweet but sassy relative of the chili pepper, paprika is used to add warm, natural color and mildly spicy flavor to soups, stews, grains, and a variety of hors d'ouvres.
Pepper lends satisfying heat and bite to most any dish (and it's great for salt-free diets). It works well in combination with other herbs and spices, too, and is commonly found in spice blends.
Add freshly ground peppercorns to your cooking repertoire to punch up the flavor in every savory dish. For a peppery burst of flavor, simply grind a few peppercorns during cooking or at the table.
The nutty flavor and satisfying crunch of poppy seeds are traditionally enjoyed in salad dressings, cakes and spice blends. Sprinkle the tiny, slate-blue seeds on breads and crackers, pretzels and rolls. Try them in rice and noodle dishes, too.
Rosemary's woody scent and minty flavor bring a balsamic deliciousness to sweet and savory dishes alike.
Salt is the world's most popular seasoning, used both at the table and as a crucial ingredient in virtually every recipe, from sweets to savories. It enhances other flavors, seasons on its own, and provides a necessary nutrient.
A little lemony and decidedly distinctive, thyme is a crucial ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. You'll find it in soups and sauces, vegetable and meat dishes, as well as classic spice blends like bouquet garni and herbes de Provence.
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