July 02, 2009
Seasoning is the process of imparting flavor to, or improving the flavor of, food. Seasonings include herbs, spices, and all other condiments, which are themselves frequently referred to as "seasonings". However, Larousse Gastronomique states that "to season and to flavour are not the same thing", insisting that seasoning includes a large or small amount of salt being added to a preparation. For instance, kosher salt (a coarser-grained salt) is rubbed into chicken, lamb, and beef to tenderize the meat and improve flavor. Other seasonings like black pepper and basil transfer some of their flavor to the food. A well designed dish may combine seasonings that complement each other.

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 consistent.

2. Cold foods such as macaroni, potato or egg salad will need slightly more seasoning than hot food. The hotter the food the more our taste buds pick up flavors.

3. To intensify flavors, season chicken, fish, beef and pork before you cook them.

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.
Garlic Powder
Hot Sauce
Onion Powder