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Old 07-03-2014, 01:50 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Wait, how would you make pasta sauce without spices? Just tomatoes?
Onions, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs from garden. I don't add spices or dried herbs to my tomato sauce.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Wait, how would you make pasta sauce without spices? Just tomatoes?
If you're asking me, then yes, I use tomato sauce, and a little sugar and salt. Sometimes I add cooked chop meat. I like it that way. I'm tasting tomatoes, not basil, garlic or whatever the heck goes in it.

Eating without added spices takes some getting used to at first, but once you make the switch you can't or won't want to go back. I have an allergy to certain ingredients in spices so rather than end up in the ER, I just avoid all of them.

I could grow my own herbs, I guess.. but I don't have a green thumb.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I still don't care for some of the more common spices like basil
Don't use dried basil for anything, ever. Try fresh. I couldn't believe the two were the same thing the first time I had fresh basil.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Eating without added spices takes some getting used to at first, but once you make the switch you can't or won't want to go back. I have an allergy to certain ingredients in spices so rather than end up in the ER, I just avoid all of them.
Maybe you because of your allergies.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I buy a lot of my spices in the bulk isle or in the hispanic isle - they are 1/4 of the price.
I do too. I can't believe how much less expensive things are in the Hispanic section.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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I can't imagine cooking without spices and herbs, especially when so many of them have added health benefits that go beyond just adding flavor to your food.

Oh, and comparing a Cheezit to well seasoned, unprocessed food is just befuddling. When someone says, "gimme an example of a seasoned dish," Cheezits aren't even on the bottom of my list.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:29 PM
 
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Keep adding your spices to this thread
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:23 PM
 
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WCG, you posted a lot of good info, but this piece is not true.
You don't think?

cumin, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fenugreek, tumeric, mustard, saffron. With those you can make pretty much any Indian recipe I've seen. Onion, garlic, ginger, amchoor, tamarind and asafoetida aren't spices.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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You don't think?

cumin, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fenugreek, tumeric, mustard, saffron. With those you can make pretty much any Indian recipe I've seen. Onion, garlic, ginger, amchoor, tamarind and asafoetida aren't spices.
You can make an approximation without all the spices, but it will never be right. I grew up in India and there at least 20 of them that you missed, that are essntial. Yes, spices, not herbs or other things. I know the difference. And you listed more than 6.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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If you get tasty enough fruits and vegetables, then a lot of spice and herbs can be left out. However, so many commercial fruits and vegetables are now grown for their looks or storage time and not their flavors. So, herbs and spices have to fill in for the poor variety as well as the poor growing conditions.

If you want to get inexpensive spices, find a health food store that sells bulk herbs and spices. I replace my entire spice rack usually about once a year so they are all fresh. When you're getting the spices out of the bulk jars, then it is inexpensive enough. Not to mention the herb garden and the lemon tree. Those provide flavoring without spending money.
I sometimes drive to the Amish store about 20 miles from here. They have spices at less than 1/2 the price. Yes, I do usually throw them out and start over every year or so.

Now as for your comments about good quality fruits and veggies do not require a lot of spices, you are right, they do not require, but the OP is talking about no spices. I think that is the issue here. And there are things that do need spices. How do you make a sauce for instance without any spices or how does not make an apple pie without out any spices? It doesn't have anything to do with how the produce is grown. I grow a lot of my own in the summer or we buy from local, small farms. We still use spices.
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