We all know that foods taste better when served without chemicals or additives, but some foods can taste bland and boring without a little help from some essential kitchen seasonings. Make sure you have these seasonings on hand and you'll never serve a bland and boring meal again.
Salt and Pepper: Salt and pepper can go a long way to intensify the food’s natural flavor. If you are afraid of over seasoning your food, especially soups and stews, take out a small portion and season to taste. Also, larger granule of salts can help you use less and kosher salt is a great example. For even distribution, sprinkle your salt 12 inches away from your food.
Fresh Herbs: Do not under estimate to power of fresh herbs. Aromatics such as rosemary, thyme, and basil go a long way to invigorate all types of meats, casseroles and egg bakes. Be sure to use fresh herbs for the best results.
Seasoning Salts and Rubs: Seasoning salts and rubs are versatile in almost any starch, protein or vegetable preparation. If you have a favorite rub recipe, be sure to make portions in bulk so it is always on hand. There are also different seasoning blends that can take plain meats and turn them into Italian, French or Indian dishes without any trouble. Have fun experimenting with these.
Chutneys and Salsas: Chutney is a preserved sweet and sour condiment with a kick. This mixture of fruits, peppers and onions will add an Indian flavor to any meal. Salsas, like chutneys, bring a quick flavor to any meal. Fruit salsas are also popular and can even be served as a dessert topping.
Mustards and Relishes: Even though mustards and relishes are staples in most refrigerators, there are more varieties of these condiments to choose from than ever before. Stone ground, horseradish, honey and jalapeno mustards have become popular vinaigrettes for salads and can quickly turn into marinades for seafood. Relishes can be anything from pickles, onions, capers, beets, and all the way to rutabagas! Experiment with relishes atop potatoes, vegetables, meats and rice... the possibilities are endless!
Cheese: Cheese is the universal topping for leftovers and dishes that did not turn out as expected! Keep different kinds of cheeses to create sauces and garnishes for any dish. A simple sampling of assorted cheeses, fruits, breads and nuts could be a meal in itself.
Always think outside the box and you never know what might just come together from your pantry.