Spicing Your Food Naturally

Hello everybody πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹πŸΏ

How is the new year treating everyone?

My new year has taken on a new obsession πŸŽ‰πŸ˜

Natural cooking, AKA unprocessed cooking.

I started with food seasoning, I have decided I’m no longer cooking with prepackaged food seasoning anymore….and I’ve started trying out new cooking recipes.



I loved cooking with stock cubes and other packaged seasonings. As almost all foods I cooked are of the salt and pepper sort, these seasonings got into them all.

I remember one friend of mine used to tell me I liked using ‘spices’ so much in my foods and that a good cook does not use artificial seasoning. My response is a usual role of the eyes, thinking in my head of all these pompous type that think they are better than others at cooking.

These were my favorite seasoning options



Last week however I decided suddenly that I was going to become one of those pompous cooks. I will cook with natural spices and herbs I grind and mix myself and it will taste awesome.πŸ˜‹πŸ›



I connected to the akashic records, AKA Almighty YouTube, our universal classroom and learned about spices available on the local Ghanaian market and the local names of some of them.
I went to the market and got what my money can afford at the moment.

The aroma when the seed is split open is amazing 😍



After every paragraph is a picture of herb or spice I currently have in my kitchen. I got them in their dried raw forms, not ground, because sometimes there’s concern some sellers add flour and colouring to ground items to make it more attractive and use less of the actual item to reduce cost.



You can use a blender to grind up the spices yourself at home, use a manual spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. You can also use all these spices just as they are, seeds should be crushed a little to open them up and help release the flavours within.



Note: buying from bigger spices and herbs stores is cheaper than from those on small trays.

Chewing this raw tastes greatπŸ˜ƒ



Most spices and herbs on the Ghanaian market are dried for obvious reasons. For fresh ones, you may consider growing them yourself or ‘stealing’ from neighbor’s backyardsπŸ™ˆ(in my defense they don’t seem to use the basil).

I’m obsessed with putting ground black pepper in every food now



There are several YouTube videos on how to make spice blends to use in your cooking.
An alternative is to look at the ingredient list of the prepackaged seasoning you mostly use and try to use the ingredients you recognize and can easily access to make your own.



So from the onga ingredient list I’d get salt, sugar, shrimp powder, add any preferred spice I have, onion and garlic which is a constant in my dishes already. If the food I’m cooking as something already sweet in it, like sweet potato, then I’d skip the sugar.



I will try to make cornstarch or buy some as it’s common in most prepackaged seasonings I’ve come across.



I’ve already prepared some meals without the prepackaged seasoning I’m used to and yes I notice the difference in taste, but the new taste isn’t half bad. I’m also still in the experimental phase of using natural spices.



Most processed foods have a 2yrs expiration period. That means it has preservatives enough to keep it good for 2years….at the same time most packaged foods sell and get uses very quickly on the market…. hardly last 2years at all. Sureif you keep packaged foods in a storage for some future disaster it’s gonna go beyond that, and if you are a rude seller. But most people by and use this items very quickly.
Will you buy and keep tomatoes for 2years? I wouldn’t. In fact when I buy fresh tomatoes it gets used within a week max. Why add unnecessary and possibly unhealthy items to our food to keep it beyond a timeline we’d likely not keep it to?



Also dried herbs and seeds actually stay for a very long time but uses not artificials to keep it going. Just dried, and in Ghana usually done with the Sun by most farmers.



And if we consumers by that to use, then the dried seeds will not even need to be kept for that long with the farmers or sellers.
No unnecessary additives or preservatives.

These are a lot smaller than the regular nutmeg available on the Ghanaian market, but just as strong



If you are into healthy eating, natural living, DIYs, or just wanting something new to try…switch to using unprocessed seasonings.



Share in the comments other local names for any of the spices above that you know and recommendations for other spices and herbs are very welcome.

Use spices and herbs in moderation, especially if you’d likely be using them on a daily basis.

Onion, garlic and ginger are a constant in our kitchen, ground chili and tumeric in containers

Shopping tipπŸ‘πŸΏ: the less and recognizable ingredients listed on a packaged good are, the less processed the product is and a more healthier. choice.



Happy Sunday 🌞😎😁😘!

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