Thursday, September 11, 2008

Spices for Your Kids Recipes

One of the best things that I have discovered lately when I am cooking is the joy of using good spices when I am cooking with my kids. I have tried the spices that you buy at the store in the little bottle with the red tops (you know what I'm talking about). Sometimes there is nothing that can replace fresh herbs or spices in a recipe.

One of the best things that you can teach your kids is to cook with fresh ingredients when ever they can. With so many prepared foods having lots of sodium and other preservatives, it can be tough to really determine what exactly you are eating and cooking with.

Another problem with some of the spices is that over time they can go rancid or just plain loose their flavor or potency. Did you know that if you have spices in a bottle, like the kind you buy at the store, you should throw them away at least every 6 months for most of them? After about 6 months of having them in your pantry, most of them will lose their flavor and taste and are worthless to cook with.

Anyways, if you have any herb spice in your pantry that is older than 6 months, you really should consider getting rid of it. Cooking with fresh herbs and spices can really enhance the flavor of any meal and they are easy to get and use as well.