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Blending spices at home

Blending spices at home 

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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.

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Spices for spice jars!

Spices for spice jars!

Glass bottles with colorful spices on the white shelfs

As a nation, we tend to be a little cautious when it comes to adding spices to our meals. Whilst chicken tikka masala may have toppled roast beef and Yorkshire pudding from the top spot as the nation’s favourite dish, we still seem to be a little reserved about experimenting with herbs and spices to create fresh, authentic and inspiring dishes at home. In today’s blog post, we take a look at some of the key spices that every cook should be familiar with and should feature in every kitchen spice rack.

Which spice jars to choose

It might be tempting to pop along to the supermarket and simply grab a selection of spices from the shelves to set yourself up with a basic spice rack; however, you will get better value, and fresher and more authentic spices, if you buy in loose packs from an ethnic supermarket. Indian, Asian and Chinese supermarkets can all be found in most cities and really are a treat for the keen cook, with shelves stacked with the most amazing spices, sauces and other delights to help you rustle up some sensational meals.

To keep these spices fresh once you have bought them, it makes sense to invest in a batch of spice jars. We have a wide range of jars suitable for spices, including jars with a grinder in the lid. If you already have a space in your kitchen where you would like to store your jars, opt for standard jars; if not, we also have a magnetic spice rack set and a 20-piece spice jar set from Kilner. Don’t forget that you will also need spice jar labels to avoid any unfortunate spicy mix-ups.

Filling those spice jars

Whilst most kitchens are home to a jar of chilli powder and curry powder, a well-stocked spice rack will include cayenne pepper, turmeric, cumin, paprika, ground ginger, cardamom pods and allspice. Cinnamon sticks are great for curries, while chilli flakes are useful to add to stir fries and oriental dishes to add a little heat. Cloves, star anise, mustard seeds and sesame seeds are also very useful.

You also need a good stash of herbs, of course, and we will cover these in a future blog post. For now, find out where your nearest Indian or Chinese supermarket is and head off to stock up on all the spices you could possibly need, ready to get creative in the kitchen. An enjoyable and aromatic afternoon awaits as you fill your jars, write out your spice jar labels, and decide what you are going to cook first.

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