Soul food recipes and other southern
cuisine menus have the reputation of having some of the tastiest
seasoning in the world of eating. In fact, many would debate the
seasonings make the meal more than any other factor besides the cooking
Any way you choose to look at it, if you want to call it soul food you
have to season with the precision of a concert violinist. Spices have a
history of value. Yes, wars have erupted, kings have lusted after it
and nations have quickly paid ransoms for it. Yes, people have valued
seasonings and spices as much or more than gold, jewels or money for
thousands of years.
Nothing ruins a meal more than a flavorless slice of meat, bland
tasting vegetables or a dry tasting piece of pie or cake. Most people
take seasonings for granted until they don't have it or can't taste it
in the food they eat.
In fact, failing to season food properly has ruined an untold number of
marriages and love relationships. On the other hand untold numbers of
marriages and love relationships have blossomed because of good food
seasoning techniques. That's proof of how serious knowing how to
properly season food is.
Of course the next best thing to having the right seasonings to
enhance the flavor of your food is knowing how to season. Here's proven
tips, ideas and suggestions for improving your food seasoning skills.
1. When seasoning gumbo, broths or other hot liquids, make sure they're
at the same temperature you'll serve them to help keep the taste
2. Cold foods such as macaroni, potato or egg salad will need slightly
more seasoning than hot food. The colder the food the less our taste
buds pick up flavors.
3. To intensify flavors, season chicken, fish, beef and pork before you
4. Season sauces, soups and gumbos after cooking to get a more accurate
and consistent taste.
5. To avoid over seasoning apply a small amount taste, add and taste
until the correct taste is achieved.
The Top 10 Soul Food
Seasoning and Spices according to our research.
Knowing how to cook means knowing how to season your soul food
properly. Like any activity, the more you practice the better you'll
get at doing it. So, continue to practice and experiment with different
seasoning and flavors, you may discover your own unique style or even
your own soul food recipe. Happy seasoning.