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April 29, 2009

Which spices you should always have on hand

There are so many spices out there that it can be overwhelming to begin choosing what you should buy to stock your shelves. Many spices are specific to cuisines, so don't buy them all until you know more about what you like to make. For instance, if you are in love with Indian cuisines (I am!) be sure to add curry powders to your lists!

However, there are some spices that are just great to keep around in practically all kitchens. Salt and Black Pepper are staples in most homes, but let us add a few to that list.

If you do not already have these, be sure to pick some up or buy online. Depending on the spice you are looking for, you may not be able to find them easily at a local grocer. No worries, the ones I am suggesting here are easy to find!

Make sure that you have: Oregano, Sage, Basil, Garlic Powder, Dried minced Onion, Parsley, Chili Powder, Cracked Red Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Paprika, and Ground Cloves.

If there is a spice on that list that you do not like, do not buy! Also, spices are better when they are fresh, so if the store only has some that has been gathering dust find a new spice store! There are many jars of spices that will grind the spice as you use it. Grinding your spices will often lead to more flavorful dishes!

Also check out the post "Spice it up with Catyra" for more basic spicing ideas.


  1. no cumin? seriously, that's what makes mexican taste like mexican.

  2. Thank you Unisprise, for the addition of cumin! Cumin is great in Mexican and Mediterranean Cuisines, and is the base of many curry seasonings. It is a great spice to have on hand.