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Why Should You Make Your Own BBQ Sauce At Home?

Do you have your own BBQ sauce? Maybe a family recipe that never fails when it's time to get out the grill? If not, you might want to consider making your own. There are many benefits to making your own signature sauce. It's easy, healthier than most store bought options & you can customize it to suit your, and your families' tastes. With this article you'll learn why having your own customized sauce is a good idea, plus get the recipe for a starter sauce & learn a secret to excellent flavor blending.

Store bought sauces - sugar overload!
Have you looked at the ingredient list of a store bought or name brand/mainstream BBQ sauce lately? Where you might expect tomato paste or roasted red peppers, you'll usually find high fructose corn syrup. Sometimes corn syrup is even the first ingredient...and these aren't necessarily the "sweet" style sauces. Hotter & savory sauces can also contain a surprising & unnecessary amount of sugars. If you check "honey BBQ" , you'll almost never find real honey. Whether they're replacing it with malt, HFCS, cane juice, etc, it's still sugar. Adding a batch of sugar to your meat isn't the answer for the best flavor.

Custom sauce - eliminate the preservatives, add more flavor
When you customize your own sauce in a small batch, there's no need for preservatives. When you're not forced to heat up anything (pasteurizing, canning, preserving or bottling) the foods you use will retain more nutrients. By making your own, you know exactly what's going into it. Use your favorite local honey for a real honey bar-b-q. Customize how hot it tastes, the thickness, the level of heat, and the level of sweet. So, not only will a homemade sauce taste better, it will be better for you as well.

How hot do you like it?
You can turn up the heat exactly as much as you want for each dish you make. Choose from red pepper flakes, cayenne powder, or your favorite chili peppers and hot sauces. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers taste hot, is actually good for you. When you use real natural heat sources like chili peppers you get the benefits of capsaicin, like anti-inflammatory properties, hunger fighting ability (great if you'd like to lose weight). Making your own sauce is fast and easy too.

A secret to better flavor blending
Different tastes work together in harmony, so season your dishes and compliment the flavors of your food. A great way to help flavors mix together is to add chia gel to your sauce. Chia gel is the soluble fiber on the outside of the chia seed. The seed itself & the fiber have no flavor at all. However, the soluble fiber of the seeds grabs onto liquids and blends flavors together. If you add chia gel to your sauce, it's best to refrigerate for at least half an hour before serving or using, to give the chia time to do its work.

When you bring out your own special sauce and serve it, you'll impress your guests. They'll know it's been customized for this meat, this meal, and they'll know its fresh too. You can get started right away with this simple recipe for a starter sauce. This recipe provides a basic sauce, but it's meant for you to modify it by adding a little of your favorite ingredients. For instance, you could replace the molasses with honey, or add hot sauce instead of chili powder for a hotter sauce.

Basic BBQ Sauce Recipe
BBQ Sauce Ingredients
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
¼ teaspoon dried mustard
1 teaspoon molasses
1 tablespoon dry chia
¼ cumin
¼ chili powder

To make, simply mix all of the above ingredients well, in a measuring cup or small bowl. Stir well to ensure the chia is mixed throughout. Let the sauce rest for about half an hour before using. This will give the chia seeds time to do their work in blending the flavors together, for a smooth, tasty sauce. Next, taste a little bit of the sauce. If it needs any adjustments now is the time. Otherwise, you're ready to go with your favorite grilled items.

Where else is flavor blending important?
Once you start with your own sauce and see how easy and tasty the results are, you might want to try making more things at home. Salad dressings for sweet or savory salads, blended berry sauces for your ice cream, and even stir fry marinade, pasta, or your favorite soups. Chia seeds work really well in all of these applications. They add two types of fiber, complete protein, omega 3 oils and many different trace minerals. So, when you use chia seeds in your cooking, you not only help to improve the taste, but you also help improve the nutrition quality.


Can Spicing Up Your Food Help You Lose Weight?

Can spicing up your food with hot peppers really help you lose weight?
With capsaicin as your spice of choice, it just might! Capsaicin is the chemical found in peppers that makes them taste hot. The more capsaicin in a pepper, the hotter it is said to taste. This chemical is actually created by pepper plants to discourage mammals from eating them. Most mammals don't enjoy the spicy taste, but if you do, you're in luck. (and even if you don't like to turn up the heat, you can still benefit...just read on)

Capsaicin has been the focus of several recent studies in Taiwan and the Netherlands. It isn't surprising to find the pepper a focus of study in Taiwan, as it often shares China's bounty of different types of hot chili peppers, and tasty dishes that put them to great use. The Chung Hsing University doctors discovered that capsaicin can shrink fat cells by tampering with a protein inside them. When eaten, it may even inhibit fat cell formation. Their findings are much more helpful than the rumor that spicy food works by raising metabolism, as their results were backed up by independent studies. It should be noted that consuming enough capsaicin can raise metabolism by only about 4-8% for a while, which is not all that insignificant if you were trying to lose fat only in that way.

The Netherlands study focused not on the direct action of the spice on cells, but on the hunger-fighting effects of hot foods. Even when they introduced a placebo, the results were still the same: Eating capsaicin can reduce hunger and lead people to eat less food. For example, if you had a hot-spicy lunch, you will be much less likely to want a snack before dinner, and then will consume less food at dinner as well.

Fighting hunger and wrecking fat cells is a fantastic one-two punch...but what if you don't like spicy foods? If you think that adding too much heat covers up the flavor of the food, or if you just don't enjoy the taste of peppers, you're not alone. Also, not everyone wants to eat spicy foods all the time. Fortunately, the natural health industry has recognized the problem. You can find capsaicin in convenient pill form. When you take a simple capsule, you never taste the heat. (receptors for this chemical are found in the tongue, lips, and sometimes the back of the mouth) Even an amount as small as .9 gram (less than 1 gram!) can have an effect on appetite.

Is capsaicin right for you?
If you have an ulcer, you shouldn't use it, as it may aggravate the condition. You must kill off the ulcer causing bacteria first, and make sure you're free of ulcers before using it. However, while using capsaicin, it may actually help fight bad bacteria in the stomach, thereby reducing your chances of future ulcers. If you are using medication for high blood pressure, or planning to use it as part of a big change in diet, it's also best to consult your doctor first.

Do you want more appetite slashing power?
Try mixing chia seeds into your food. They work in an entirely different way to keep you feeling full longer. Chia seeds absorb nine times their weight in water (or other liquid) so they can easily take up more space, without adding more calories. They're also rich in two kinds of fiber, soluble, and insoluble. Fiber does not add calories, because it can't be digested by the body. Instead, it acts as a sweeper, keeping food moving easily through the digestive system. Fiber also can help you feel full by taking up space.

Unlike capsaicin, chia seeds have no flavor at all. Instead, they take on the taste of whatever you add them to. From spaghetti sauce to seasoned marinade, cereal, yogurt or even fruit juice, you can count on chia to taste just like whatever you mix it into. While helping with the fullness factor, it also adds a nutritious boost with antioxidants, calcium, b-vitamins and plenty of protein.


Choosing The Right Kitchen Spice Rack

Kitchen Spice racks come in many varieties and sizes. Not every spice rack for sale will benefit you as a cook. Before spending money on one, make sure you have considered all the options.

The most important question to ask yourself is where are you going to put your kitchen spice rack? If it is going to sit on your counter, then look for counter top spice rack models, or commonly referred to as a free standing spice rack. Many people with a lack of counter top space can choose between a wall mountable kitchen spice rack or a hanging spice rack. A wall mountable spice rack can be hung on a wall, in the pantry, or even on the back of a cabinet door to preserve space. If you cook regularly you will want your spice rack within easy reach so having it in an easy accessible area is a must. Hanging spice racks usually attach underneath the wall cabinets and hang down below, still leaving you area underneath it to store other items.

Another thing to think about when selecting a spice rack is what type of material you want your spice rack to be made from. Spice racks are made from many different materials such as wood, plastic, different types of metal, and even composite materials. Spice rack frames are very durable, so select your fame style based on looks rather than construction. Spice rack frames require very little maintenance to keep the clean and long lasting.

Lastly, you should think about how many spices you think you will want in your spice rack. Many spice racks come packaged with the spices. If you cook frequently and know exactly what spices you will need, it is best to get a spice rack without the spices. You can go to any grocery store and buy fresh spices to add to your spice rack. Going this route keeps you from having spices in your rack that you will never use. It also allows you to customize your rack specifically for your cooking style. If you decide to buy a spice rack with the spices included, arrange your spice rack to put the least used spices in the rear of the rack to make the heaviest used spices easy accessible.

Finding the right kitchen spice rack can take some time due to the different types available. Make sure to put in the time required to get a spice rack that is functional and pleasing to the eye for your kitchen.


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