When I think of seasonings, I think of the many flavors that create depth and layers in a dish. Seasonings are important for adding complexity and flavor to the foods we prepare along with nutritional and therapeutic qualities. They offer endless possibilities for creating different combinations.
There are so many to choose from and many across the globe that I have never even heard of yet; it is impossible to list them all here. I have tried to include all of my favorites and most used. I urge you to do your own research, hunting, and experimentation. Try new things.
The best way to familiarize yourself with the different seasonings is to smell them and cook with them one at a time. This will get you used to the flavor and aroma each adds to any dish. If it doesn’t smell like it fits with your dish, don’t use it.
Always add your seasonings one at a time, smell, and taste to see how it changes a dish. Start with the basic pairings. Then, once you are comfortable with them, start experimenting with different combinations for yourself. Fresh is best as flavor and quality quickly diminishes with drying, grinding, and long storage times.
I have listed them in the following categories:
Oils, Vinegars, & Citrus
Oils, Vinegars, & Citrus are the foundation of every sauce and every dressing.
Seasonings can make the difference between bland and exciting!