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Friday Favorite: Toasted Spices

January 16th, 2015

One of the things I love about making ethnic food is the toasting of the spices. After doing this for the first time many years ago I’ve been toasting spices every since. It really helps bring out the flavors from dried spices.
toasted spices
Last night I found myself toasting these fragrant spices to make duck pho and it reminded me how much I love them. If you’ve never given this a shot I’d highly recommend it! All you need is a hot dry skillet, I use cast iron of course. Add the spices and shake the skillet for 30 seconds or a minute and that’s it. You’re finished, your spices will be fragrant and the flavors will be enhanced. I guarantee you’ll take the time to do this from now on.

Do you toast spices before using them?

3 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Toasted Spices”
  1. Mich on January 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Yes I toast various spices for dishes such as curry, certainly brings out their flavour.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on January 17, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Susy, I’m still in the learning process of just what spices to use when cooking. I’ve never heard of toasting spice but it makes total sense that it would release the flavors better for what ever dish they would be used for. I’ll have to file that away in the back of my mind for a time when my culinary skills improve.

    I hope you had a great Duck pho night.

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  3. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on January 17, 2015 at 10:52 am

    No clue why, but it’s never occurred to me to toast spices for now. Will try! Pinterest has practically turned me into a cook!

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