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Cooking With Herbal Blends

What does it mean to cook with an herbal blend?

Or more specifically, how does cooking with an herbal blend enhance the flavor of food?

When cooking with herbs, a blend adds a synergy to food as the herbs enhance the flavor of foods individually and together.

People are often timid about using herbs in food and use only a couple of herbs. When you are unsure of the flavor the herbs will bring to food, it is understandable to use only 1-2 herbs.

On the other extreme, there can be a tendency to use too much of one herb, which will overpower, rather than enhance, the flavor of the food.

Cooking with a blend using just the right amount of herbs or spices will bring out the subtle flavor of food in delicious ways.

There are a variety of herbal blends to try. Bouquet garni is a popular b lend, which is a classic French blend using using a mixture of herbs such as bay and parsley.

Another classic blend is Fine Herbes, which uses a mixture of minced fresh or dried herbs such as chives and parsley.

Herbes de provence is another classic French blend using popular herbs of France such as basil, lavender and rosemary.

Foods for Asian cooking often utilize the blend of Chinese 5 spice, with 5 popular spices to enhance the flavor of food.

Besides the basic blends, there are blends that can be made for salad dressings, pizza mix, marinades for meats and fish, breads such as Foccacia bread, ethnic blends for Mexican, Cajun or Asian foods, salt substitutes and more.

Using herbal blends can make a cook’s life easier as it eliminates the guessing on which herbs or how many herbs to add to foods. The blends can be made up fresh or stored as a dried blend to come in handy when it is time to cook.

The easiest way to start with herbal blends is to add them to soups, stews and sauces. Then test the addition of each particular blend and decide if it is suitable.

For instance, try a Bouquet garni in your favorite soup. Next, try Herbes de Provence or Fine Herbes.

If one likes baking, make up a blend to add to breads and experiment. Perhaps ethnic foods are your specialty?

ry a blend in one of those dishes. The Chinese 5 Spice is a classic blend and a good place to start for Asian dishes.Marinades for meats are a great way to learn how herbal blends can enhance the flavor and texture of meat. Just remember to use an acidic liquid such as apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or orange juice to marinade the meat with the herbs and spices.

Salad dressings are a simple way to experiment and really get the flavor of using herbal blends. You can create your own blends or experiment with some basic blends.

Herbal blends give the cook a chance to become inspired with adding new flavours to food and elevating dishes from dull to delicious!

Marilyn Zink is the publisher of the Herbal Collective magazine and administrator for Herbguide, a site to guide people on how to use herbs in cooking, crafts, gardening, health, aromatherapy and more.

ry a blend in one of those dishes. The Chinese 5 Spice is a classic blend and a good place to start for Asian dishes.Marinades for meats are a great way to learn how herbal blends can enhance the flavor and texture of meat. Just remember to use an acidic liquid such as apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or orange juice to marinade the meat with the herbs and spices.

Salad dressings are a simple way to experiment and really get the flavor of using herbal blends. You can create your own blends or experiment with some basic blends.

Herbal blends give the cook a chance to become inspired with adding new flavours to food and elevating dishes from dull to delicious!

Marilyn Zink is the publisher of the Herbal Collective magazine and administrator for Herbguide, a site to guide people on how to use herbs in cooking, crafts, gardening, health, aromatherapy and more.

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