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Being a good cook involves a lot of things including knowing the correct amount of seasoning to add to your meal. Seasoning can either make or mar a meal because if you get it wrong from the very beginning, it may be difficult to salvage your food even though there are measures you can take. So, if you need to kick your dinners up a notch, follow these tips on seasoning your food. You definitely become a seasoning pro or champion!

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Season cold foods aggressively

Chilling foods dulls their flavors and aromas, so it’s important to compensate by seasoning generously—but judiciously. To keep from overdoing it, season with a normal amount of salt before chilling and then taste and add more salt as desired just before serving.

Increase or reduce your pepper

It is important to know when to increase or tone down pepper especially when you are cooking meat because it will affect the strength of its bite. If you want a very strong pepper flavour, season meat after searing; keeping the pepper away from heat will preserve its volatile compounds. Alternatively, seasoning before cooking will reduce the pepper’s taste.

Add herbs at the right time

Add herbs like thyme, and curry to meals early on in the cooking process; this way, they release maximum aroma while ensuring that their texture will have less impact on what you are cooking.

Aggressively season cold foods

Cold foods usually dull the flavours and aromas, so it’s important to turn this around by seasoning generously—but do not overdo it. To prevent you from overdoing it, season with a normal amount of salt before chilling and then taste and add more salt as desired just before serving.

Put finishing touch

Even the most perfectly cooked soup, stew, or pasta dish can benefit from a last-minute addition of seasoning. You may have excluded some flavours, so, you may want to check.

By Damilola Faustino

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