Spices 101 ~ Tips and Tricks

 

Spices in your kitchen! You probably have some great spices you bought in  jars that are overpriced, pre-ground, stale and old!!! Did you know that after a year you should really replace them? In this video, I will show you which spices are best bought in powder, which are best bought whole, how to process them and how to be practical and economical about them. Of course, they have a lot of health benefits, but today I also want to focus on the what and the how to save you money, bring back more yum factor and pleasure from the extra flavor, and keep it practical. The health benefits are a wonderful bonus! Here are some things discussed in the video:

1. Get the spices organic please, so they are not irradiated.

Radura SymbolMany herbs, seasonings and spices are irradiated, exposed to HALF A BILLION chest X-ray’s worth of gamma radiation. This irradiation is not just cosmetic and carries certain risks, listed below. Fortunately, FDA requires this information on the products, so look for a label with the “Treated by Radiation” or “Treated by Irradiation” Radura symbol. You should see this round pink label on any herb or spice that has been irradiated.

According to Green Med Info:

“Despite the irresponsible promotion of this process as safe, food irradiation destroys much of the vitamin content of food, produces a number of toxic byproducts: formaldehyde, benzene, and formic acid, as well as unique radiolytic products, e.g. 2-alklycyclobutanoes, that have been demonstrated to be cytotoxic (damages cells), genotoxic (damages DNA), and carcinogenic (causes cancer) in test tube and animal studies.”

2. What to grind, and what not to. What to use and what not to!

In the video I demonstrate my favorite spice tools and what they are and are not best for. I will also show you what to grind with which tool, and the spices that should not be ground! We will discuss the best uses of a mortar and pestle, a coffee grinder, and a micro plane.

3. Get your spices in bulk when possible!!!

Why buy in bulk?

  • Richer Flavor- fresher, better quality
  • Economic – saving money by avoiding the cost of packaging and only buying what you need at a time
  • You use less – freshly ground spices are much more potent

4. In the video I will also share how to handle particular spices:

  • Fresh ginger (I will teach you some amazing tips on that!)
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Clove
  • Star of anise
  • Cardamom

Enjoy the video. I hope as a result, you will switch to organic whole spices, buy a coffee grinder, and grind most of them as needed for the amazing flavor you did not know you were missing!!! To your health!

Kasia Kines

Eat Well. Look Great. Feel Spectacular. Naturally!

4 Comments

  1. Posted on March 23, 2016 at 4:44 PM by Kathy

    When traveling by air does security x-rays effect the herbs/supplements?

  2. Kasia Kines

    Posted on March 24, 2016 at 3:08 PM by Kasia Kines

    I am not exactly sure what the radiation is, going through security x-rays at the airports…but i know that i would pull things out like a tincture or energy medicine and ask for it to be evaluated outside of the X-ray. It is a great question you are asking thought because just because certain things become common in our culture, does not mean they are benign. Whenever I have to fly, I actually request a ‘pad down” so that at least I avoid going through the machine myself. it is a good idea to also take supplements that contain chlorella/spirulina when flying….to amend the radiation exposure from being in the air. It is a great topic for further research, that’s for sure, herbs and all!!!!

  3. Posted on March 24, 2016 at 10:49 AM by Joanne Kines

    Since I am a big advocate of cooking with fresh herbs and spices I found a wealth of useful and practical tips here.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kasia Kines

    Posted on March 24, 2016 at 3:04 PM by Kasia Kines

    I am so glad you did! Thank you for checking it.

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