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How to choose high-quality natural spices and spices

Как выбирать специи и пряности

Food flavorings, as well as seasonings, spices, spices - chemicals, parts of biological products of plant origin and their mixtures, designed to improve the taste and aromatic qualities of cooked food and ready meals.

Flavoring additives can help to improve the digestion and assimilation of food, as well as the possibility of its long-term storage.

Tastes include spices, salt, sugar, some flavors, ready-to-eat sauces (ketchup, mustard, horseradish), oil blends (oil with mustard, green, anchovy, cancerous, etc.) and other substances that affect taste or aroma (monosodium glutamate diluted with water, acetic essence, citric acid, etc.).

Natural spices

Как выбирать специи и пряности

Yes, you did not think, even such things as spices and spices , are also perfectly fake . My bitter experience is proof of that. Once having bought an ordinary black ground pepper, I opened the package, not looking inside, and added this spice to an almost ready dish. But having examined it closer, I noticed that black pepper is not black at all, but some kind of gray with incomprehensible splashes of something white. Having tried what I prepared, the dish had to be thrown away, because it was not at all black ground pepper, but something incomprehensible that in the end completely spoiled my dish.

No one is immune from the purchase of falsified spices and seasonings, even where they grow ... Often traveling far away, we buy low-grade goods in the tourist shops, and these spices still remain, not known to us.

This problem was before ... For example, under the guise of the most expensive spices (saffron) for several centuries have been selling cheap safflower. And what kind of quality spices can we talk about if they are sold on the market in the clear? Such outlets are best avoided altogether, preferring packaged goods (in foil or glass containers).

The easiest way to check the quality of the whole product, powder mixtures often contain excess particles, the presence of which can be found only in a special laboratory.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

According to GOST, the diameter of black pepper peas should not exceed 3-5 millimeters. When squeezed pepper has the ability to break up into large particles, leaving a slightly oily, oily trail. After such a manipulation, a dried or low-quality product turns into a husk.

The shells of green pepper have a rich olive color, and it also has a slightly loose structure. White pepper has no shell, it has a pale coffee color. Allspice has large kernels (5–9 millimeters). If you immerse it in water, it will sink.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

It is possible to distinguish high-quality cinnamon from a fake, both in a hammer, and in an integral form. Iodine is dropped into the powder. If the product turns blue, then before you cassia - the most common analogue of cinnamon.

Cinnamon sticks have a slightly reddish color, as well as a thinner and friable structure. Cassia is much rougher than his relative and twisted one-sidedly.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

Most often under the guise of this expensive spice we are offered safflower, dried beets, or turmeric. Distinguishing a real saffron from a fake is quite simple: its cost is simply exorbitant, the appearance is uniform, the spice has a rich red color.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

Vanilla pods come in several varieties, their properties persist for many years. It is worth buying this spice in the pods, as its quality will still be higher than that of synthetic vanillin.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

High-quality clove has a strong aroma and burning taste. Its shape is uniform, the color is brown, usually the legs are darker than the buds. Like black pepper, when a clove is damaged, it releases an oily liquid.

If you drop fresh spice into the water, it will float as a “soldier”, and the poor-quality carnation will remain “lying” on the surface.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

The quality of cardamom can be determined by its appearance: the size of the boxes should be no more than 2.5 cm, the color should be brown-green. A bright green tint indicates chemical staining, and yellow indicates improper drying.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

The color of high-quality spice is red-brown. At damage of asterisks on an seed oily liquid should be allocated. Fragile or too dark fruits indicate poor quality product.


Как выбирать специи и пряности

Not everyone knows that often under the guise of powdered turmeric we sell ordinary tinted flour. You can learn about counterfeiting by dissolving a small amount of the product in water. If whitish streaks form on the surface, it means that you have acquired a fake product.

These little tricks, tips and tips will help you in choosing truly natural and high-quality spices. Do not be afraid, buying them to try, smell and do everything that will help you confirm the authenticity and naturalness of the spices that you want to buy. To do this, it is better to buy such spices that are sold by weight, because in the store you won’t open the packaging and cannot see what is really inside.

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