Using Celery Seeds In Your Recipes
Celery seeds are a popular dietary supplement. They contain essential fatty acids, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and more. Celery is one of nature's "super foods" that keep us healthy and give us energy. However, many people are allergic to wheat, barley, soy, and other grains, which make dietary supplements even more important! Here's how to choose the best celery seed to meet your dietary needs:
To benefit from the richest nutritional properties, try to buy only the best quality. The best quality include the whole seed, ground, or sliced celery seeds. The un-sliced seeds, the fresh fruit of the plant, are available both whole and in powder form. Ground celery seeds are typically easier to work with in recipes and smoothies, because they easily mix well into the liquid. But the grinding makes the seed's nutrients lose some of their potent flavors and oils, so it's best to purchase the whole seed and grind them prior to using them in any recipes. The nutrients remain available and much more bio-available when ground, compared to whole seed.
If you prefer a stronger flavor, opt for dried seed. Dried wild celery seeds retain a higher percentage of essential fatty acids and a stronger flavor than do the pared down version. If you're not sure which to buy, go for the dried variety.
For those who prefer a strong taste, consider buying unsalted, raw celery seeds or raw celery root. Un-salted seeds retain a higher percentage of essential fatty acids and have a stronger flavor. Raw celery root is also very tough, making it better for use in soups, stews and other dishes that need a robust flavor. However, raw celery seeds lack the fiber found in the whole seed, so feel free to add them to soups and salads. They will usually overpower the other ingredients.
Like many ground vegetables, you can season your celery seeds, adding a hint of flavor when you roast, boil or steam them. Roasted and sauteed celery seeds make a great addition to any main dish, whether serving as an ingredient or as an accompanying spice. For example, adding a teaspoon of freshly minced Italian season to a batch of soup makes the dish all the more attractive.
You can also season vegetables, fruits, soups and sauces with whole raw celery seeds. Sprinkle some salt over them before serving. Another way to season vegetables is to mix them with olive oil, butter or margarine. The fat content in the oil will help prevent the veggies from sticking to the bottom of the bowl, which could cause them to lose their crispness. Add them to soups or salads with a mild flavor and you'll add an unusual touch.
When you roast, boil or steam vegetables for the purpose of using in marinades, be sure to only use enough water so that the flavor is concentrated. The amount of water depends on how much flavor the vegetable will retain. Some people prefer to leave the water in the marinades while others like to remove the water and have the vegetable dry in the spices. There are a variety of marinades that use celery seeds as the base. Some of these include: organic Moroccan Mustard Oil, California Olive Oil, Ranch dressing, Southern BBQ and Grill Seasoning, Mexican Seasoning and Herb Garden Blend, Caribbean Mango Salsa, Asian Sweet And Sour Mix, Cajun Spiced and Honey mustard.
You can also season vegetables by adding a small amount of the spice blend listed above to the salad or vegetable dish you are creating. You can do this in the form of a garnish, placed near the salad or vegetable dish, or in a separate bowl on your table. The idea is that this little sprinkle will enhance the flavor of the dish. Most people like to season their dishes before they serve them so that they have a better chance of having guests eat them and enjoy them as well. Be sure to try some of the different flavors and techniques that you can employ with celery seeds.