Rack ‘Em Up | 40 Essential Spices for Your Kitchen

It’s January, and we’re all looking for ways to get healthier in the new year.

You could go the typical diet route that everyone seems to jump on this time of year. Of course, that often means boring, bland food, and you falling off the wagon right quick.

There is another way. Spices exponentially bump up the flavor of your food, and many of them have compounds that have been prized for thousands of years for their medicinal qualities.

The Spice House

Today I have the definitive list of the 40 spices (all available through The Spice House) you need in your kitchen to make just about anything.

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How to Grill Like a Madman | Mastering the Fundamentals

Grilled food always holds so much promise.

We go to a barbecue (for, I don’t know, Memorial Day?), and we’re excited about the charred and juicy meat goodies to come. The grillmaster comes outside, platter of protein in hand.

Combustion happens. Stuff is cooked.

Grilling Steaks

Sizzle, proteins, sizzle

Chewy, bland, blah. And you are disappointed.

Don’t let this to happen to you.

Grilling is a mix of science and art. No one can tell you how to do it right. It is something you only learn from experience.

But with some good fundamentals under your belt, you will be well on your way to being the badass grillmaster you were born to be.

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3 Brilliant Tips for Freezing Food

Freezers are a miracle of convenience. You can buy products like meat and fruit when they are fresh and on sale, and save them for days when things are not as cheap or readily available.

But when you buy a large amount of food for freezing, chances are you will not want or need to use it all at once. Defrosting a large package of ground beef just so you can split off the pound you need and refreezing the rest degrades the quality.

So what are we to do?

Simple. Freeze smaller portion sizes.

Today I will show you three brilliant ideas for freezing smaller sized-portions that will make both storing and using your frozen food a breeze.

Freezing Eggs

Freezing Portioned Eggs

Breakfast sandwiches from a Macheesmo via Pinterest

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How to Prevent Pepper Burn on Hands

If you love to cook and you love it spicy, I’m guessing you have had a few incidents of touching…something…with washed hands only to find that HOLY HELL IT STILL BURNS. So how do you prevent it? Gloves are the best option, but not everyone has a stash of latex gloves around the house.

Marche Jean-Talon Hot Peppers

Hot peppers at Marche Jean-Talon in Montreal

I do, but then again I color hair. Believe me, applying or even washing out blue Pravanna color without gloves will make it look like you did some unspeakable things to a Smurf, and the only way it’s coming off is when those skin cells get scrubbed off. Takes awhile.

So with no gloves to be found, how do you prevent pepper burn on your hands?

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Spice Storage and Tips

Have you noticed that your spices don’t spice up your food like they used to? Might be your storage methods need a tweak. Today I have a few spice storage tips, and a smart DIY project from the prolific and adorable Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess.

Magnetic Spice Containers

Smart spice storage - photo via A Beautiful Mess

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