Spices & Ingredients

category-spicesA spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavors or create certain aromas as well. Many spices even have antimicrobial properties. An ingredient, like a spice, is a substance that forms part of a mixture in cooking. Ingredients can be anything from meats, to fruits and vegetables, to herbs and spices, etc. In recipes specific ingredients are used to prepare a specific dishes.

Cooking with Ginger Root

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Cooking with Ginger

Ginger is a powerful flavor enhancer that is frequently used in a variety of culinary traditions throughout the world, but it is more commonly used in Asian food preparation. It’s pungent, spicy, and robust flavor properties make it a must have in the kitchen. You will find that it can be used in everything from dipping sauces to stir fries and even in some drinks. Aside from that, ginger contains potent compounds are that well ...

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Lemongrass (Tanglad)

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Lemongrass is a great addition to many Asian dishes. It can impart a citrus flavor and aroma to your foods without the need for zesting and juicing lemons. To prepare lemongrass for cooking you first discard the dark green portions of the grass known as the stems. Only the white and light green portions of the lemongrass are used in cooking. The outer layer of the lemongrass is also too tough and fibrous for consumption. ...

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