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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spice Up Your Preps: 25 Spices for Your Pantry

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Spices. Some think they're a necessity. Some don't. But food fatigue and boredom are facts, so to me, spices are DEFINITELY necessities.

I see people recommending to keep spices all the time. But I hardly ever see people recommending which spices to store. (For the sake of simplicity, I'm including herbs with spices). The amounts definitely depend on your style of cooking, so I won't include amounts of each. So here are mine in no order other than what order I pull them out of my cupboard:

1.) Salt! A necessity for more than just flavor. This ones kind of obvious.

2.) Pepper/Peppercorn. Salt and pepper. Theoretically, that's all you need.

3.) Garlic

4.) Cinnamon

5.) Oregano

6.) Chili Powder

7.) Paprika

8.) Cumin

9.) Basil

10.) Rosemary

11.) Coriander/Cilantro

12.) Red Pepper/Cayenne

13.) Curry

14.) Thyme

15.) Ground ginger

16.) Allspice

17.) Cloves

18.) Nutmeg

19.) Bay leaves

20.) Dill weed

21.) Sage

22.) Parsley

23.) Zest (Lemon, lime, and orange)

24.) Dried onion or onion powder

25.) Spice blends - Mrs. Dash, cajun blend, asian blend, jerk spice

There are obviously more spices out there and to you, some of the ones in my list may not be a necessity, but these ones are the most important in my opinion and give you the ability to create a wide variety of cuisines, from Asian to Indian to French to good ol' Southern.

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