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).
Round up a tasty barbecue in no time with the help of this robust spice blend. Add to catsup or tomatoes for a quick barbecue sauce or use to season potatoes, rice, tofu and meat dishes.
A lovely member of the mint family with a mildly peppery taste, a hint of clove and mint, basil is at the same time spicy and sweet, warm and fresh.
Dehydrated bell peppers are great for adding to soups, stews, marinades, sauces, and dips. You can also use dried bell peppers any time you'd use fresh.
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.
Elettaria cardamomum is a member of the ginger (Zinziberaceae) family. The name cardamom (sometimes spelled cardamon or cardamum) means "grains of Paradise."
Carob is a natural, nutritious substitute for cocoa or chocolate. Carob looks and tastes somewhat like cocoa, yet contains higher amounts of natural sugar, much less fat, several minerals, and no caffeine.
Well-loved by cats and prized by traditional European and American herbalists, this member of the mint family makes a pleasant herbal tea that is soothing to the tummy and is often used with children.
A biennial or annual herbaceous plant, celery's botanical name is Apium graveolens. Grassy and hay-like, even a little bitter, the flavor of celery stalk and leaf is reminiscent of fennel and anise, but much milder.
Use the kick of chili pepper (with or without an added array of complimentary spices) to create lively Mexican or Tex-Mex fare. Or experiment with each variety (and in unexpected places) to keep everyone on their toes.
Cinnamon - that most popular of spices - comes from the bark of an evergreen tree. Cinnamon's sweet, spicy and warm fragrance adds pungent sweetness to your favorite baked goodies. You can also use it to add a depth of flavor to savory dishes as well.
One of the world's most popular spices, cumin is extremely aromatic, with a warm, spicy, slightly bitter, earthy flavor. Cumin seeds are enjoyed around the world but especially in North African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mexican cuisines.
In India, curry powder is almost always made on-the-spot with a unique blend of spices the cook chooses. You can do the same, when inspired and time permits. Or you can also rely on one of these Curry Powders to create authentic Indian fare any time.
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.
Fragrant and distinctive, fennel's slightly licorice taste is most often enjoyed with fish. But don't save it for fish nights; try it's anise-like flavor in soups and salads, and with grains and vegetables, too.
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.
Garlic and pepper are well matched in this zesty all-purpose blend. A twist of lemon adds an unexpected--but welcome--touch. Use this salt-free blend to perk up everything from pasta to poultry. Use while cooking, or at the table.
Enjoyed in cuisines the world over for its warm, spicy-sweet aroma and flavor, ginger complements both sweet (think gingerbread) and savory (think stir fry) dishes. It's available in whole root, cut and sifted, powdered, and crystallized, so you can choose the perfect form for your perfect dish.
Enjoyed in cuisines the world over for its warm, spicy-sweet aroma and flavor, ginger complements both sweet (think gingerbread) and savory (think stir-fry) dishes.
This zesty Greek seasoning is both fresh and peppery--a great combo for most meats and vegetables alike. Garlic, pepper, onion, paprika, and a hint of basil and citrus make this authentic Greek blend a must-have for the pantry.
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.
Mildly nutty, warm and sweet--like nutmeg, but more delicate--mace is the dried, lacy covering of the nutmeg seed. It's used in soups, stuffing, puddings and baked goods for flavoring and in light-colored sauces for its lovely, saffron-like color.
Meat Rubs are a great way to infuse foods with flavor, and they're easy to use. Choose a rub to complement each meat, poultry, fish, or seafood you cook.
Mustard seed, one of the oldest of spices, adds warmth and heat to your dishes. It's spicy, peppery flavor goes well with other pungent spices like garlic and chilies.
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!
The distinctly strong taste of onion is indispensable in the kitchen. It's warm, sweet and salty flavor shines in most savory dishes. It comes in several convenient dried forms: flakes, granules, powder and slices.
Pungent onion and zingy salt add flavor and zip to almost any savory dish. This versatile blend can also be used to invigorate your dishes at the table.
This "pizza spice" is full of flavor and aroma-- a strong personality, but one that partners well with other seasonings, too. It's indispensable in Italian and other Mediterranean cooking as well as Mexican fare.
Use this distinctive blend any time you want to create authentic Chinese flavor in your own kitchen. Whether you enjoy an occasional stir fry or several Asian-inspired meals a day, this convenient Oriental Seasoning will serve you well.
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.
With a bright green color and a mild, fresh flavor, Parsley is a must-have for the pantry. Use it to flavor soups, vegetables, sauces, dressings, eggs and any potato dishes.
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.
White peppercorns are fully-ripened berries that are sun-dried after their red outer skin is removed. Gourmet cooks often use white pepper to flavor white sauces and other light-colored dishes because of its color and more delicate flavor.
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.
Pickling is one of the oldest ways to preserve food. Add Pickling Spice directly to the brine, or place in a tea ball or cheesecloth for easy removal.
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.
This blend of mustard seed, dill seed, ginger, chili peppers, bay leaf, allspice, and cinnamon (amongst others) will make any seafood dish shine. A great addition to a hot chowder on a cold night.
This fantastic mixture of celery seed, mustard, paprika, cayenne, allspice, and cardamom (amongst others) brings an exciting zing to your savory dishes. Try it our favorite way: sprinkled on home-made french fries. Yum.
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.
Turmeric's warm aroma, bright color, and gingery/peppery taste are relied upon in cooking throughout Asia. It's best known as the spice that gives curry powder its distinctive color.
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