When cooking meat, you'll need to add herbs, spices and other flavorings. These ingredients help create a moist, juicy and delicious meal for your family. There are a few key tips to remember when seasoning your meat to ensure that you get a taste that no one will be able to resist.
The first step to preparing any meat is to select the right combination of seasoning. Dash™ creates the perfect pairings for seasoning meats with blends and marinades. Different types of meat require different spices. Beef tastes great when seasoned with oregano, rosemary, sage, garlic or a combination of these seasonings. Poultry gets an added burst of flavor with spices like paprika, lemongrass and saffron. Fish can be made more flavorful with dry mustard powder, thyme and turmeric. Some experimentation in the kitchen will allow you to find the right combination of spices for your favorite dishes.
When adding seasoning to your recipe, remember that less is more. If you’re unsure of the amount of seasoning to mix in, start off with a smaller amount. It is far easier to add more spice later than it is to try to salvage an overly seasoned meal. You will also want to add just one spice at a time and add smaller amounts of additional spices to ensure you get a fantastic flavor.
One key thing to remember when seasoning your meat is to not go overboard. The purpose of seasoning is to enhance the flavor of the meat, not completely overwhelm it or mask it. For example, garlic should add a touch of flavor to your meal; it shouldn’t be the only thing you taste when you’re eating. While some complicated spice combinations can work out well, you will usually find more success by keeping your seasonings simple and not overly complicated.
If you are using salt-free alternatives to season your meat, such as Dash Seasoning Blends, they have to be added at the right time. Dash provides the perfect amount of seasoning, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat without drying it out.
Finally, you need to decide how you want to add the seasoning to your meat. A marinade can be placed in a bag with meats for a few hours before cooking and can help the dish absorb the seasoning, providing you with great flavor in every bite. There are many different ways to season your meat. Experimenting with different methods and seasonings allows you to create your own dish that is truly unlike any other.