How to Grind and Toast Spices and Herbs
How-To: Grind and Toast Spices and Herbs
Toasting spices brings out the essential oils and deeper flavors. Grinding herbs is a common way to use them in recipes.
Step 1: Place Spices in the Skillet
We'll start with a frequently used herb and spice blend, bay leaves, coriander and cumin seeds. First, put the spices in a skillet. These are bay leaves. Bay leaves are actually a dried herb that you'll find on the spice rack. Cast iron works best because of the way it transfers heat.
Step 2: Shake the Herbs
Now give them a shake so they don't burn.
Step 3: They're Ready
Cool the spices slightly before grinding.
Step 4: Toast Spices Separately
Toast the spices separately for best results. They are different sizes and textures, which means they toast at different rates. Remember to cool them before grinding.
Step 5: Mortar and Pestle
There are two easy ways to grind spices: first, a Mortar and Pestle.
Step 6: Spice Grinder
Or use a spice grinder. When grinding spices that are similar in size, grind them together and save a step. Tip: Cumin, coriander and bay leaves are often used together in many cuisines.
Step 7: Add Flavor
Then use them as your recipe indicates. Either way, you've just punched up flavor to a whole new level.