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Flavor Booster: Ingredients That Pack a Flavor Punch

Few ingredients have the power to single-handedly transform a dish with their flavor. These are the ingredients you always want to have in your kitchen pantry, so you can quickly make a flavorful meal without wasting time and money on dozens of ingredients and spices. Here are some ingredients you need if you want an instant flavor boost.

Citrus Juice or Vinegar

We often reach for lemon juice to add flavor to salad dressings and sauces, but other citrus fruits work just as well. Next time you make a salad dressing, try grapefruit or orange juice instead for a different and delicious flavor. It adds a sweetness that lemon doesn’t have while still adding acidity. If you don’t like citrus, you can also add vinegar for that same effect. Balsamic and apple cider vinegar can add instant flavor to your salad dressings and marinades, but any vinegar works.

Fresh Herbs

Dried herbs may be convenient, but nothing compares to the flavor punch that fresh herbs have. They aren’t as expensive and inconvenient as you may think— instead of buying freshly-picked herbs from the store, buy the whole plant. They are low-maintenance and will provide you with unlimited herbs at a low cost. If you decide to buy picked herbs, store them in a glass of water like flowers, and they will stay fresh for longer. Basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley are all excellent, flavorful herbs to plant in your garden.