Sunday, January 25, 2009

Simply Frugal -- Herbs and Spices


Herb and Spices
Originally uploaded by Simply Frugal
The flavors you add to the basic foods can change a cornmeal concoction from Southern USA to Southern Italy with just a pinch of dried herbs.

If you live in a town with a food coop or a natural foods store, you can probably buy these in bulk at prices that are far less than the itty bitty jars on the shelf in the grocery store. If not, stock up first with cinnamon, chili powder, ginger, and vanilla extract, and add the rest as the budget allows.

Allspice
Basil
Bay leaf
Celery seed
Chili powder
Cinnamon
Cumin
Curry powder
Cloves
Dill weed
Ginger
Marjoram
Mustard, dry
Nutmeg
Oregano
Paprika
Peppercorns
Red pepper flakes
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme

Extremely Frugal recipes only use
Cinnamon, chili powder, and ginger.

1 comment:

Carol said...

Many garden herbs can be dried or frozen for winter use, and take up only a small portion of your garden. Examples that would do well almost anywhere, assuming you water them regularly, are parsley, sage, oregano and thyme. My mum used to keep parsley growing all winter long by planting it beneath the dryer vent. The hot air from the dryer (we were a family of seven, so there was lots of laundry) kept the parsley from freezing. She also kept some growing all year on the kitchen windowsill. This can be done with many herbs, and they brighten up the kitchen in winter with their bright green colour.