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When it comes to seasoning, most of us reach straight for the salt and pepper, but there are so many other possibilities at our fingertips for perfectly seasoned meat.

Knowing how to use spices can greatly enhance and even change the flavour of all your meat dishes.  When adding herbs and spices, it is best to leave out the salt until the meat has been permeated with flavour.  Adding salt too early will seal up the pores of the meat and prevent the flavour of the herbs and spices to fully flavour it.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite spices that go perfectly with different meats:

Beef:

Beef is a hearty, red meat that marries well with equally rich flavourings.

The following flavours compliment beef:

  • Bay leaves
  • Garlic
  • Pepper

Lamb:

Lamb is a bold-tasting meat, with slightly game-like undertones. The preparation of lamb can have a big impact on its overall flavour.

The following flavours compliment lamb:

  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Thyme

Pork:

Pork is classified as a red meat as it is derived from livestock but has a mild flavour and is lighter in colour when cooked.

The following flavours compliment pork:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Sage
  • Oregano

Chicken:

Chicken has a more delicate flavour than the other meats mentioned here, less distinctive but just as delicious.

The following flavours compliment chicken:

  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Remember, when it comes to seasoning the key is to taste, add spices, taste again, and do it until your taste buds are completely satisfied.

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