In the food context, "season" refers to the process of adding flavor to food by using herbs, spices, and other ingredients.
Here are some examples of how to season food:
- Salt and pepper - a classic combination that enhances the natural flavors of meat, vegetables, and grains
- Garlic and onion - aromatic vegetables that add depth and flavor to soups, stews, and sauces
- Herbs - fresh or dried leaves from plants like basil, thyme, and rosemary that add freshness and fragrance to dishes
- Spices - ground or whole dried seeds, roots, or barks like cinnamon, cumin, and ginger that add warmth and complexity to dishes
- Acid - ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, and wine that can add brightness and balance to dishes
Here are some similar things to seasonings:
- Marinades - a liquid mixture of oil, acid, herbs, and spices that is used to flavor and tenderize meat, poultry, and fish before cooking
- Rubs - a mixture of herbs, spices, and sometimes sugar that is rubbed onto meat, poultry, or fish before cooking to add flavor and texture
- Condiments - sauces, dressings, and dips like ketchup, mustard, and salsa that can be used to add flavor to a wide range of dishes
- Bouillon cubes or powders - concentrated flavorings made from vegetables, meat, or fish that are dissolved in water to make broths or soups
- Flavored oils and vinegars - oils and vinegars that have been infused with herbs, fruits, or spices to add flavor and aroma to dishes.
While these ingredients can be used in similar ways to seasonings, they often have distinct properties and can be used to achieve different flavor profiles.