Tips for Flavoring
by Nikki Willhite
A good frugal cook makes good use of spices
and other flavorings. You can take simple food and make it great food with the
addition of a few choice flavorings.
Spices can be bought in large containers, and
they last a long time when properly stored. If you store your spices in a rack
above the oven, they will loose flavor and not last as long. If you keep them
well sealed in a cool cupboard, they will last for years.
One time when I was at college and out of
money, I lived for a week on nothing but rice. It was hard, but it was
made a lot easier by varying the taste through the use of different spices and
Everyone has a favorite spice. Who doesn't
like the smell of cinnamon and cloves? The smell of cinnamon baking is almost as
good as eating whatever is cooking.
Having said a few words about the importance
of spices, here are a few tips to make some everyday foods taste better, using
Salt can make bland food taste good. It also brings out the
sweetness in food. Try putting a little salt in your water when cooking
vegetables such as corn.
There are many varieties of pepper, from the table variety,
to smoked cayenne and chili powder.
Pepper adds a unique flavor to food. If you are using it in
baking, sauté it in a little butter or oil first to bring out the flavor.
Add pepper to simple casseroles, like tuna noodle, and it
Nutmeg is not just for pumpkin pie and cookies. Add it to the
broth of beef dishes, and to mashed potatoes.
Add a little to the tomato sauce for such dishes as Spaghetti
A pinch of sugar is also useful for taking away the slightly
bitter taste of some foods.
Vinegar is best known for salad dressing and deviled eggs.
You can also put balsamic vinegar on strawberries to bring out their flavor.
Squeeze lemon on our fish and greens. Add a little to
cream sauce right before it is done cooking, and the sauce will look lighter and
Apple and Pineapple Juice
Any food cooked with juice instead of water is going to be
more flavorful. Use juice instead of water to make baked goods delicious. Add to
stew to enhance the flavor.
Try using mayonnaise instead of butter before coating
chicken. Use it in cakes to make them moist and tender.
Extra vanilla makes any baked product taste better.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design
graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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