Blending spices at home
When it comes to cooking sensational meals, lots of people think that they ‘just can’t cook’, assuming that there is some secret art to good cooking skills or that you are somehow born a good cook. Whilst we don’t pretend that everyone can reach the dizzying heights of MasterChef, or can rival the very best Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something simple that you can do to make most meals much more delicious: season and spice your dishes effectively. In today’s blog post, we take a look at how to make a few great spice blends to have to hand for any meal.
Fill those spice jars with aromatic flavours
Once you realise just how much of a difference good spices can make to a dish, it is easy to buy readymade sauces and spice mixes from the supermarket; however, homemade spice blends will always win out over a supermarket spice mix, so it pays to do some research and blend your own.
Start by assembling a good range of quality spices from which to create your blends. Try to find an Indian or Chinese supermarket or food store, as these usually have a superb range of spices that are much fresher and much cheaper than conventional supermarkets. They also come in bigger packs, so you may need to stock up on plenty of glass spice jars to store all your new spices in.
Once you have all the basic spices in place, it is time to get creative and mix some blends yourself. A Cajun spice mix is a good blend to start with and can be used rubbed on chicken wings or thighs, for example, to create a mouthwatering dish. Blend together salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme, with a little more salt and garlic powder than the other ingredients. Store in a spice jar and simply rub onto whatever meat you would like to try it on.
Another great blend to try is homemade curry powder. This contains ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, ground ginger, cinnamon and cardamom seeds. It is guaranteed to taste a whole lot more authentic than a readymade sauce that comes in a jar from the supermarket!
Our range of spice jars
If you are inspired to create your own spice blends, why not check out our range of glass spice jars to get your spice collection off to the very best start? We have an excellent range to choose from and the jars are even available with different coloured lids for colour coding your collection.