Every location and locality has special ingredients and seasoning they use to make their meals and dishes taste different and peculiar (in a good way). When cooks, prepare dishes and make it according to the locality they are in, what they are doing is, appreciating the food and culture of that locality. Plus, cooking with seasons, helps you understand how using the seasoning and ingredients works. If you find yourself in a local area, you haven’t been to before, or maybe you relocated to a new place, it will be a nice idea to try out their local dishes, fruits, and vegetables; it shows how much you appreciate their culture and culture generally.
Everyone talks about seasonality when talking about food that comes with inspiration, but it is important to note that cooking according to the season is not as easy as it sounds. There are a few guidelines you should get acquainted with before you attempt to make a locally seasoned food. It is advisable that before anyone attempt to make a seasonal dish, they have to know their ingredient and the way it goes with the meal they wish to prepare.
As mentioned earlier, they are some guidelines to bear in mind when trying to cook seasonally. I’ll run you through them;
- Start By Thinking about Your Locality:
Why is this first point important? Before I answer that question, you should know that the moment you enter a new locality, you enter into a new experience, culture and most importantly; you get to test and try out new delicacies. Most people make the mistake that when they are in a new locale; they find grocery items that are from their previous region. They are two things wrong with that sort of thinking; not only will the person not find the ingredient (based on probability), it goes to show the person level of culture block or lack of appreciation for culture. On the other hand, however, buying local ingredients increases your chances of getting inspiration on a course of a meal; you’ll notice that things will fall into their natural form. It is simple really, search for green markets in the area you’re in and let the inspiration take over.
- Always Preserve Leftover Ingredients If possible.
When you finish cooking, and you realize, you still have some leftovers that you may probably need some other time. It is wise to can or freezes the leftovers; who knows when you might have your next inspiration, with the same ingredients. It would be a shame if you had a very good idea and you had no ingredients to execute your brilliant ideas. When preserving the ingredient, for it to be kept better, it is advisable to keep until it is ripe (for fruits and veggies that can get ripened), before storage. They are other ways of storing and preserving other groceries; for instance, you can either can, blanch or peel the tomato before storing. Then when it is draught season for these particular ingredients, you’d be grateful you stored the leftovers when you had the chance.
- Best you have a stocked cupboard filled with all seasons
Most people don’t understand the value of filling up their cabinets with all kinds of seasonings and ingredients. Not only does it save you a lot of money, but it also prepares inspired chefs for the future.
There is an important need to stock up. For those who live far from greenhouses and farms, it would be nice for you to stock up on your veggies and fruits. You can preserve them and use them whenever you want, with no trouble of finding them in far way markets when you need them.
- Add-ins is not a bad idea.
If you want your ingredients to last longer and taste better, you can enhance your preserved ingredients with some add-ins. They help in adding richness and palatability to canned foods. For instance, you want a rich and sweet taste from your canned tomatoes; you first roast your tomatoes with garlic, butter, and anchovies. It not only provides with a sweet taste, but you’re also sure of a healthy meal.