Having herbs and spices in your cabinet can help you feel open to experimenting and trying new flavors in your food, but it can be hard to know what kinds of foods go well with certain herbs and spices. While you’re trying to figure out which ones you can use while cooking a steak, lasagna or other foods, these herbs and spices will get you started.

Herbs and spices are often best when used with oil, butter, or water because they can infuse with the oil or cooking liquid. It is recommended to keep dried herbs away from air, heat, and sunlight because they’ll last longer and the taste won’t diminish.What Herbs and Spices Go With What Photo

Basil

This popular Italian seasoning is great in pesto, on white meats, or when combined with fruit, like raspberries and strawberries. It is also great if you add it in stir-fries. It goes well with tomatoes, mild cheeses, pork, peppers, potatoes, and pasta.

Cayenne Pepper

This hot and spicy seasoning is wonderful for helping relieve your sinuses and it provides a great zing to your foods. It should be used sparingly because of its spiciness. It is great in vinegar-based sauces and can be combined with lemons in marinades. It also works well with all types of meat.

Dill

Dill is best used with salmon, added in borscht or other stews. It also can be used with a variety of vegetables and even mixed with yogurt. You can add it to lemon, fish, vinegar, potatoes and pickling.

Cilantro

This spice gives a slight citrusy taste and can be used in salsa, guacamole, and combined with lemon and lime for marinades. It can be used in a number of Mexican foods and stir-fries.

Rosemary

This woodsy flavored herb works very well with roasted meats, like chicken, pork, and salmon or mixed into sauces for a more subtle taste. It also can be combined with tomatoes, spinach, potatoes and mushrooms.

Sage

Sage can be used with sweet fruits and veggies, like apples and squash, but it also can be added to sausage and a variety of cheeses if you want something extra. This spice keeps its flavor when cooked for long periods of time, so you don’t have to worry about overcooking it.

Thyme

You can add thyme to beans, eggs, and veggie dishes. It goes very well with lamb if you love meat and blends very well with bay seasoning and parsley. Also, it can be used with each and every root vegetable and butter sauces.

Turmeric

This spice is commonly used in curries, but it can also add flavor to stir-fried veggies or rice and soups or stews for color.

Parsley

Parsley is great in pasta dishes, or sprinkled on fish and chicken. You can also add it to potatoes and it can perk up soups, stews, and sauces. You can top almost any dish with parsley, including curries, anything with a tomato based sauce, dishes heavy with lemon or garlic, and anything with Asian flavors.

 

Sources:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-herbs-and-spices-in-cooking/step25/Turmeric/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307319,00.html

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