Anatomy of a Seasoning
we search the globe for the finest seasonings available from the world's great Spice Masters. Seasonings like Harissa, Za'atar, Ras El Hanout, Shichimi Togarashi, and more. We then adapt those seasonings in our Test Kitchen for use by Discriminating Home Chefs in North American kitchens.
All of our blends are subjected to rigorous testing in our Test Kitchen to ensure that they will meet the needs of Home Chefs in their own kitchens. In order to receive the approval of our Test Kitchen, each seasoning must meet our standards for:
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3) Ease of Use in the Home Kitchen
Only when a blend has passed our painstaking tests has it earned the MorningStar Kitchen label, and becomes part of our line of SEASONINGS! User-friendly seasonings like our Spice Masters Blend, Bazaar, Casablanca, Tradewinds, and so many more.
What is a Seasoning?
At MorningStar Kitchen we are frequently asked about the differences between spices, herbs, and seasonings. Essentially, all three are ingredients that are added to a recipe to enhance its flavor, or even to create a distinct flavor profile.
For example, without the addition of certain spices, herbs, and seasonings, a bowl of Chili would be nothing more than a mixture of beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and sometimes, meat. Except for the beans, there would be little to differentiate the mixture from a basic Spaghetti Sauce.
Now enter ingredients like chili pepper, salt, allspice, coriander, cumin, oregano, cloves (all ingredients in our Bravo seasoning) and you have a dish with a distinctive flavor profile. A simple, nondescript mixture of ingredients now becomes a delicious bowl of Chili (or Chili con Carne).
Or instead, add a mixture of things like oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, sage, parsley, dill weed, and savory (included in our Mediterranean Kitchen seasoning) and that same mixture of tomatoes and vegetables become a delicious Bolognese Sauce.
Now that you understand the purpose of a seasoning, you may still be wondering about the different type of ingredients. For starters, most are derived from plants. A few quick definitions are helpful here:
Spice: spices come from the dried bark, root, stem, seed, or fruit of a plant.
For example, cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree. Peppercorns come from a vine.
Herb: herbs are the leaves of plants like basil, oregano, mint, etc. Sometimes the herbs are served whole, other times they are chopped, dried, ground, or pulverized for easy use.
Seasoning: seasonings are a mixture of herbs, spices, salt and/or sugar,
blended to create a particular flavor profile to a recipe. (When used by itself,
salt is used to enhance the flavor of ingredients, without creating a new flavor profile).
We're proud of the products that we've created at MorningStar Kitchen: seasonings with a global flair, all developed with the ultimate goal of making the Home Chef's job easier, more creative, and more fun!
Click on individual seasonings shown here to learn more.