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Tapping Into Your Wall Spice Rack To Make Incredible, Restaurant-Quality Meals

Eating out on a regular basis is not only expensive it can be unhealthy! Armed with a stocked spice rack, and a bit of cooking knowledge, you can make low-cost meals that rival the restaurant. A basic knowledge of cooking procedures and a familiarity with common spices can make all the difference between eating out of a can of something unhealthy and dining on a delicious, healthy meal. Having well-stocked spice racks can be one of the most powerful weapons you have in the kitchen.

How To Stock A Wall Spice Rack?

A basic inventory of common spices can do a lot for a simple meal. Cinnamon not only lends a comfortable flavor and aroma, but many think it aids in digestion and treatment of the common cold. Sage is often used in savory dishes such as poultry and soups, and is considered an antioxidant. Basil, used in tomato-based sauces and soups, also aids in digestion and possesses anti-anxiety properties. Other tasty and beneficial spices include parsley, which lends a fresh flavor to canned soups or meals as well as helping with allergies and fever. No wall spice rack is complete without garlic. Garlic has been long considered an important spice in many cultures. It is the world's second oldest medicine. Soldiers used garlic in World War II on battle wounds as an antiseptic. Recommended for colds, flu, bronchitis and general internal organ problems, garlic is highly effective at reducing cholesterol and promoting better heart health.

Where Should I Keep My Spice Racks?

You should store most spices in a dark, cool environment. It's not recommended to place your wall spice rack over the stove; the heat and light can render most spices less effective in both taste and healing properties. Refrigeration is not a wise thing with most herbs and spices; however, fresh herbs can be stored in the refrigerator by following a few simple steps:

  1. Wash all herbs as soon as you can after bringing them home.
  2. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Place between paper towels inside a plastic storage bag.
  4. Store in the refrigerator immediately.
  5. Use them as soon as possible.

Spices and herbs are the least expensive and most beneficial component you can add to your diet. Dressing up the simplest of meals, most dishes can be made in less time than it takes to wait in line for a takeout meal of food in which you have no idea of the preparation. Cooking your own meals means you control what goes into your body, and well-stocked spice racks are a prime tool.

A wall spice rack in your pantry or dark corner of the kitchen will add flavor and health to your meals. Although occasionally eating out is reasonable, a constant diet of restaurant or fast food is proven to lead to many health problems, as well as impacting your wallet. In these lean economic times, learning to cook offers a range of benefits hard to beat.

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