Familiar kitchen herbs are a sure bet when it comes to adding flavor and zest to any food preparation, but what about the more bitter wild or cultivated medicinal herbs that also help build immunity and act as antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory agents, just to mention a few of their actions?
How do we get these in our diet without throwing them in our hot, simmering soup pots where almost anything can be disguised? Boiling stock pots may leach some of the herb’s constituents but may destroy others. For instance, garlic is a wonderful herb, but its most potent healing properties are believed to be in the raw crushed clove, and not in the cooked version. Adding kitchen herbs and medicinal herbs to our condiments, where they serve to flavor our food and help build our health a pinch or a teaspoon at a time is a good way to go instead. Used as a finishing touch, they serve up the herbs in a raw form and retain much of their potency.
Start with a homemade all-purpose seasoning!
Making your own All-Purpose Seasoning is not only easy to do, it’s an affordable option when making the seasoning in large batches. To get started, follow the recipe below. Experiment with your herbs and ratios!
2 tablespoons dried onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon dried, crushed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried, crushed thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container!
And don’t stop with there! Here are some wonderful ways to add more herbal goodness to your meals in the form of seasoned condiments –
This homemade All-Purpose Seasoning was excerpted from Cooking with the Seasons: Spring [Vegan] Edition.