Spice Jars

SPICE THINGS UP: 7 ESSENTIAL SPICES TO TAKE AT CAMP

Enjoying the outdoor lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavour. To make your dishes at camp more flavourful, take some spices with you and you’ll never look at your dishes the same way again. However, out of the many to choose from, what are the essential spices to take at camp? Aside from salt and pepper, here are the other spices essential for cooking at camp.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is one of the most delicious spices. Once you sprinkle some, it’s hard to stop. Sprinkle some on your coffee, toast or even cereals. It’s so versatile, you must take it with you at camp.

Aside from that, there are many health benefits to cinnamon. It can help lower cholesterol, blood sugar, triglyceride levels, fight free radicals and help reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

TURMERIC

Turmeric is another wonder spice because of its health benefits — definitely one of the spices to take at camp. Turmeric is known as a great anti-inflammatory agent and aids in improving digestion.

Its slightly warm and peppery flavour works well with vegetables such as cauliflower, potatoes and other root vegetables. Add spice to your steak, chicken, ground beef and tofu by sprinkling some turmeric.

Turmeric is also great as a tea. With a few drops of honey, you can enjoy a delicious cup of tea packed with health benefits that can ease arthritis, lowers cholesterol and more.

CUMIN

Cumin is commonly associated with curry, but this spice also works well with soups, stir fry, scrambled eggs and even marinades. Not only that, cumin has health benefits. It helps in digestion, promotes weight loss, is a good source of iron, and improves blood cholesterol among others.

THYME

Thyme is a versatile spice because you can enjoy it whether it’s dried or fresh. Turn any meal into a gourmet dish by adding some thyme. Add some on your pasta, fish or scallops, roasted veggies, scrambled eggs and even soups and stews.

Thyme is a good source of vitamin A and is also packed with vitamin C. This wonder spice is also a great source of copper, fibre, iron and manganese.

LEMON PEPPER

Impress your family and friends with grilled lemon pepper chicken or with one-pot lemon-pepper chicken pasta. Lemon pepper is among the spices to take at camp to add a refreshing kick to your camp meals. It also goes well with shrimp, tuna and salad.

Aside from its flavour, lemon pepper aids in weight loss, improves immunity, enhances blood circulation and destroys free radicals among other health benefits.

CAYENNE PEPPER

If you like it hot and spicy, put cayenne pepper on your list of spices to take at camp. Imagine a hot and spicy soup on a rainy camp day or spicy pasta on a cool afternoon. Mix it up with ground beef and enjoy a taco night.

Just like the other spices, cayenne pepper has its own health benefits. It can boost metabolism, can help relieve pain and can lower blood pressure.

CLOVES

Cloves work many wonders — from seasoning pot roasts, bringing spicy warmth to cookies and cakes to adding flavour to hot beverages. Aside from their aromatic flavour, cloves are known for their medicinal properties.

Cloves are packed with essential nutrients, are high in antioxidants and have antimicrobial properties. This means using cloves not only adds flavour to your dish but also nutrients that are healthy for your body.

Cooking at camp doesn’t have to be limited to salt and pepper because there are other spices that can turn your ordinary dish into a gourmet. Enjoy a sprinkle of cinnamon on your coffee, a dash of thyme on your scallops or marinate your chicken with cumin. There are many other spices to take at camp.

The best part of incorporating spices into your dish is the health benefits that you can enjoy. So, next time you go camping, don’t forget to spice things up by taking essential spices to make flavourful dishes and refreshing drinks.

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.