Soul Food Seasoning Tips

Soul Food Seasoning Tips

By Roy Primm

Soul food recipes and other southern cuisine menus have the reputation of having some of the tastiest seasoning in the world of eating. In fact, many would debate the seasonings make the meal more than any other factor besides the cooking technique.


Any way you choose to look at it, if you want to call it soul food you have to season with the precision of a concert violinist.


Spices have a history of value. Yes, wars have erupted, kings have lusted after it nations have quickly paid ransoms for it. Yes, people have valued seasonings and spices as much or more than gold, jewels or money for thousands of years.


Nothing ruins a meal more than a flavorless slice of meat, bland tasting vegetables or a dry tasting piece of pie or cake. Most people take seasonings for granted until they don’t have it or can’t taste it in the food they eat.


In fact, failing to season food properly has ruined an untold number of marriages and love relationships. On the other hand untold numbers of marriages and love relationships have blossomed because of good food seasoning techniques. That’s proof of how serious knowing how to properly season food are.


Of course the next best thing to have the right seasonings and spices to enhance the flavor of your food is knowing how to season. 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.

Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Hot Sauce, Cinnamon, Nutmeg,
Sage, Onion Powder and Thyme.


Knowing how to cook means knowing how to season your soul food properly. Like any activity the more you practice the better you’ll get at doing it.

So continue to practice and experiment with different seasoning and flavors, you may discover your own unique style or even your own soul food recipe. Happy seasoning.

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