Oils And Spices

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Oils and spices seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. They blend perfectly together to form the base for sauces, dips, marinades, dressings, the list goes on and on. The art of infusing spices into oils has long been a practiced method of culinary traditions all over the world. Cultivating the essential oils of a dried herb is a integral part of the process.

Blended Oils and Spices

Liquid spices are a great way to cook with the convenience of dried herbs. The flavors of dried herbs are considered more concentrated than fresh, and infusing oils with them makes for a convenient liquid form with which to season. They bring out the flavors of dried spice and add a perfect zest to a variety of meats, vegetables, potatoes, and other foods.

Oils and spices can be blended at home, or purchased from several online sources. Liquid spice is more difficult to prepare yourself, and results vary. Since they involve dried spices, and drying spices is a complex art form in and of itself, its usually safer to buy from a reputable gourmet foods source.

Many of today's popular liquid spices are prepared with grapeseed oil, which has a mild and neutral flavor. This is good news because it means the oil won't overpower or mask the natural spice flavor. Recipes abound on the Web for ways to get started with blended oils and spices.

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