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How can I get the most flavor from spices?

To get the most flavor when cooking with herbs and spices:
  • Purchase spices and herbs in small amounts. When they sit on the shelf for years they lose their flavor.
  • Use no more than 1/4 teaspoon of dried spice (3/4 of fresh) per pound of meat.
  • Add ground spices to food about 15 minutes before the end of the cooking period.
  • Add whole spices to food at least one hour before the end of the cooking period.
  • Combine herbs with oil or butter, set for 30 minutes to bring out their flavor, then brush on foods while they cook, or brush meat with oil and sprinkle herbs one hour before cooking.
  • Crush dried herbs before adding to foods.

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