Ingredients and cooking methods that lend big flavors to food can please the palate without the need for heavy salting. You can transform an everyday meal from ordinary to extraordinary through savvy seasoning with herbs, spices, citrus, vinegars, or salt-free seasoning blends. Before reaching for the salt shaker, try one of these fresh ideas.
Salt-free Seasoning Tips
Citrus can tickle your taste buds
Fresh herbs add lively flavors
Dry herbs lend deep, complex flavor to dishes
Spices and seeds, whole or ground, add pungent aroma and full-bodied flavor
Vinegar in salad dressing, sauces, and soup can lift the flavor from dull to delicious
Use Aromatic Ingredients
Aromatic ingredients lend a large amount of flavor and aroma. You will notice these key ingredients in many soup, stew, sauce and casserole recipes. Be sure to include them in your recipes too.
Cooking Tips That Enhance Flavor
Roast meats and vegetables until “caramelized,” or browned. This cooking technique brings out the sweet and deep flavors inherent in the food
Toss in a bay leaf and a clove of garlic when cooking dry beans and grains
Toast nuts in a moderate oven until lightly browned and aromatic (careful, they burn easily)
Grill meats, vegetables and fruit until caramelized to add a hint of sweet smokiness
Caramelize onions and other aromatic vegetables as a first step before adding the liquid in soup and stew recipes
Reduce (cook down) broths and sauces to concentrate flavors
Note: Lower fat foods tend to need less salt than fatty or fried foods.
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