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Tips and Tricks Tuesdays: How to Supercharge Dried Spices

How to Supercharge Dried Spices


Think the key to three-alarm chili or any other flavor packed dish is dumping in tons of spices? Not so. It’s actually all about timing and earlier is generally better.

When dried spices are heated directly in oil right at the beginning of the cooking process (while you sauté, say, onion and garlic), they “bloom,” becoming toasty and richer tasting.

If you wait to add the dried spices do it just before the dish is done or they won’t release their powerful flavors—meaning your chili will be bland or bitter, rather than full of fire.



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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