Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Flavoring With Fresh Herbs

I recently wrote an article on The Ultimate Guide on Flavoring With Spices here at Chef Jay's Kitchen. I hope it was able to help you create even more flavorful dishes by enhancing your knowledge on spices. 

This time, I want to share how you can enhance the flavor of your dishes using fresh herbs. Both infographics were beautifully done by - a great website that aims to educate and empower home cooks like you and me. They deserve all the credit for coming up with very useful guides. 

If you have been working in the kitchen for a while, then you have probably used a variety of herbs or spices to flavor your dishes. In fact, these ingredients are vital to creating delicious, restaurant-quality meals since they add flavor, aroma, color and nutrition.

Herbs and Spices both come from plants. The main difference between them is that herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant, while spices come from the roots, bark, stem and the other parts of the plant. Unlike spices, which are dried and bottled, it is best to use fresh herbs to really maximize taste. 

In the Philippines, it's easy to find herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Lemongrass and Mint in supermarkets. For the other herbs, you can either plant them at the comfort of your home or make use of dried herbs instead. 

If you live in Metro Manila and live in a place with decent amount of sunlight, I suggest you get pots of fresh herbs from either Rustan's or Market Market. Nothing beats the flavor of herbs that comes directly from the soil. 

Make sure to maximize the nutritional benefits of the food listed above with these food combinations. Don't forget to share it with your friends!

This post is part of a series on Essential Infographics For Serious Foodies.

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