Herbs and Spices Blend for Poultry: Not familiar with a lot of the fresh herbs? Visit my Herbs and Spices page where you can learn about different herbs and spices and what the benefits are.
Whether you are getting ready for the upcoming holidays or just want to reduce time in prepping dishes, having a jar of blended fresh herbs and spices can help save the day. Not only you save on time, but also you have self-assurance that when you use your spice mixture, your food will taste delicious.
It is obvious these days that everyone is following some healthy trend because there is always a sentence or two that includes two words, fresh and organic. Those two words are mentioned so often that anyone can become a firm believer in eating healthy. So cooking your meals using fresh spices is recommended if you want that exceptional taste.
I remember back in the days when certain guys used to make fun of the girls about cooking while dating. It did not matter the age. As long as they were of dating age, it was permitted to make fun. The guys or men, should I called them now, used to scare the girls or women by telling them that they will return them to their parents if they did not know how to cook.
It was such a radical statement back then that many women believed it to be true, just because of hearsay and stories about other married couples. And now, things have changed so much that there are more men sharing the kitchen with their wives, girlfriends etc… What a society! Thank God, I don’t allow society to dictate my cooking. I eat and cook what I want and as long as I can afford. You know how irrational that would make me. I would be a total wreck all the time. LOL
There are so many reasons why I prepare my herbs and spices blend. But one important reason is to save time. Saturdays are usually the time when I prepare my spice blend. I may sometime make a small batch of spice blend the day of cooking a meal if necessary. I mostly use my spice blend for meat, poultry and fish.
The mixture consists of common spices such as parsley, thyme, scallion, garlic, and clove. Other ingredients such as a hot pepper, green bell pepper, and onion are optional but again, can be very beneficial if you are looking for bold flavors. I sometime will mix the mixture with salt and pepper or chicken bouillon cubes. This way I can control the sodium better. You can also add other fresh herbs but the ones listed are used more often, which make them the basic herbs and spices.
When using a spice blend for meat or poultry for example, I would not recommend separately adding salt during marinating period or time. The salt will extract the juices out of the spices more and your meat may not get all the advantage of the flavors of the spice blend. Unless you re-mix or re-blend the spices with salt then it should be fine. In other words mix everything before adding. Also you only need just a couple tablespoons when marinating meat for 4 people. The larger the crowd, the more food and more spice blend you will need.
So for this Thanksgiving, try marinating your Turkey with my recommended spice blend. It will taste wonderful. Add lemon or lime juice and oil and you are all set. Roasted or fried, does not make a difference. It will be tasty. Oh! don’t forget to let the turkey marinate overnight.
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- 12 garlic cloves
- 4 scallions chopped
- 1 large white onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground thyme
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 cup fresh marjoram chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh tarragon chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh oregano chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh sage chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 small habanero or scotch bonnet pepper (seeds and membrane removed if preferred)
- Clean all fresh herbs and remove excess water. Chopped all herbs. Add all ingredients in a blender of food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator.