Top chefs know the secret to an amazing meal is in the quality of the ingredients. When it comes to maximizing return on kitchen effort, fresh ground spices are it. Not only is it ridiculously simple (as in I-can’t-believe-how-easy-this-is) but it saves you money by making your high quality spices last longer.
Why Spice Preparation?
High quality spices are a small investment. Yet the return on flavor and interest in your cooking makes them worth every penny. And who hasn’t opened a jar of fresh allspice or cinnamon and stood there absorbing that irresistible aromatic potion that only a good spice can deliver?
There are ways of storing and using spices to preserve their freshness and unlock the full depth of flavor they contain. Investing in a couple of spice specific appliances will allow you to create a whole new level of flavor for your cooking.
All spice appliances have one thing in common: they grind up spices in their whole form. Your spices will stay fresher longer when you have the ability to only grind what you need when you need it. Fresh ground spices will also add a layer of depth to your recipes that the spices are intended to provide. What good is it to add nutmeg if the flavor is only a foggy shadow of what the recipe intends? Chances are you are already grinding a spice. If you own a pepper mill you have already discovered the premium way to use your spice. Seriously. Fresh-cracked black pepper vs. powdered? Enough said.
Gaining the ability to grind your spices allows you to add an entirely new dimension to your spice blends and recipes. You can even roast and toast your whole spices before grinding.