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Mar 8, 2014 07:10 PM

Please recommend the best organic all natural seasonings (salt free msg free)

I just started cooking and love it very much! Brought all these necessary cookwares and trying different recipes is so much fun! However, I don't have time and can not cook every day, plus I am single.
I have always been just eating out or buying prepared food. The reason I started to cook is that I became more health concerned and really started to pay attention to all the ingredients in these prepared food. I figured that the best way to make sure the ingredients are all organic, no additives etc. are to cook myself.
Anyway, long story short, I brought lots of herbs etc and cooked a few times, but herbs do not last and it is quite a waste to get all these different kinds of herbs that only could be used couple times before they gone bad. Also I have to admit, the food I cooked do not taste that great(probably due to I did not add any salt or soy sauce etc.).
It just occurred to me that maybe there are some all nature, no additives, salt free seasonings available. I could just add these to my food for seasoning or tasting. Would be great and make life much easier.
The key point is ensure 100% no salt and no additives. Just organic herbs mix.
Any recommendations would be great appreciated!

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    1. re: sedimental

      Thank you so much! Will check it out!

      1. re: SeekingBeauty

        Sure. It is extremely flavorful for a no salt and non enhanced spice. I use it on many different things. Elana's from Elana's pantry recommends it. Really good in savory crusts and baked goods too.

      1. re: C. Hamster

        Limit sodium. I have been trying to use just nature fresh herbs for cooking. And use avocado for recipes calling for anything cream or cheese related. Also try my best spooned out and separate fat and extra oil on top of my stew etc. Actually I tried not to use any kinds of oil, just use a non stick cookware, it works.
        I know this sounds extreme and does not feel appealing, but it is the diet I'm on currently.

      2. are you near a Whole Foods?
        if so, they have a broad array of organic spices available in the spice aisle, and, in addition, you can buy just the amount you want/need of the organic spices they carry in the bulk food dept. (not all the spices in the bulk food area, are organic, so you need to read the lables.

        for me, it's nice to get the organic spices that i use in indian dishes from the bulk department because i would never be able to use up anywhere near a whole jar in any reasonable amount of time--they'd just go bad.

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Yes! I'm literally just cross the street of whole foods and do all my food shopping there. Never checked the bulk department for spices somehow. Never noticed them. It would be so great, if I could buy any amount I want! I only saw nuts, dried fruits etc at the bulk department. Need to check it out tomorrow. Thanks

          1. re: SeekingBeauty

            The bulk spices are sometimes in a different area than the regular bulk foods, so be sure to ask if you don't see them there.

            1. re: juster

              Just came back from WF. There is no bulk spice section at my store here in NYC (at least the one close to me). :-(
              I did take a look at the bottled spices and found that they carry frontier, simply organic and Morton&Bassett(which says salt free and MSG free on the label). Quite some choices. Anyone has tried these brand? Tastes good?

              1. re: SeekingBeauty

                I have used all three and believe them to be trustworthy in their labeling. Frontier and Simply Organic (and Aura Cacia) are part of the same long-established Frontier Co-op product family. I would tend to favor Frontier/Simply Organic because they're cheaper and also I like supporting a co-op.

                1. re: SeekingBeauty

                  Hey, not sure where you are in nyc but over on 9th ave the international market has an awesome selection of bulk spices:

                  And i'm pretty sure sahadi's in brooklyn does as well
                  Call ahead about what organic selections they have

                  Kalustyan's sells damn near every spice on earth, but no bulk option

                  1. re: SeekingBeauty

                    I use Simply Organic, and Frontier, often. The key is to shop at a busy store, so that inventory turns over frequently.

                    1. re: KarenDW

                      Thank you so much for all your replies!

            2. Buy small quantities of these spices, which all very versatile, and wallet-friendly.

              - ground pepper (black or white)
              - cumin
              - coriander
              - crushed red pepper
              - garlic powder
              - cinnamon
              - bay leaves

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                These are all good. I would recommend granulated garlic over garlic powder - it's a coarser texture, and I find the taste is nicer than the fine powder. For black pepper, buy peppercorns and a grinder, as a bit of fresh ground pepper peps up a lot of things.

              2. Braggs liquid aminos come in a spray bottle, so you only end up using a tinytiny amount. Its much lower sodium than soy sauce yet nearly the same flavor.
                They also suggest to dilute the aminos with water for even lower sodium. Available at any health food store or whole foods

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  I bought Bragg's aminos because I had read that it's a lot lower in sodium than soy sauce but I compared labels. It's not, unless you mean diluted.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    I agree. I read this as well and keep both Bragg's and soy sauce stocked but it's definitely not lower sodium.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      My point was both that the spray bottle lets you use a tiny bit (and therefore less sodium) as well as the option of diluting it and then using the spray.
                      Its more that a tiny bit can go a long ways vs the soy sauce pour it out way which might be impossible to distribute the flavor the same way with so little......

                    2. re: Ttrockwood

                      Bragg's will contain a significant amount of glutamate, something the OP specifically wanted to avoid.