Basic Spices Every Kitchen Should Have
Whether you are just getting started on your own, newly married, or having to start over, there are some basic spices every kitchen should have. If you love to cook, bake, or are inexperienced, this list of spices is a great place to start.
Without a doubt, the bare basics of any kitchen spice cupboard should contain salt and pepper. If you like a stronger pepper flavor, then you are probably looking for the real peppercorns and a pepper mill to grind them. Real peppercorns aren’t overly expensive either. However, there is nothing wrong with just using ordinary black ground pepper either.
A basic box of table salt is pretty sufficient for most people and uses. A box of table salt is inexpensive and can even be picked up at your local dollar store.
The One “Must Have” Spice In My Kitchen For Cooking Meats:
If there is only spice for cooking meats that you can afford to start with, then I strongly recommend this one. It is the la grille Montreal Spice Chicken Seasoning. Buy just the small spice bottle (170 g) to begin with to ensure that you love it as much as my husband and I do. Then you can purchase the 675 g size and just keep filling up your small spice bottle. It works out a lot cheaper that way.
It is so versatile. I use is on Chicken Breasts, Chicken Legs, Pork Chops, and Pork Roasts. It also makes the following fish Basa, Tilapia and even Salmon very tasty indeed. Check out these recipes:
Other Useful Spices For Cooking Meats
There are some other basic meat spices that you should seek to first stock your spice cupboard with. Spices such as:
- Chili Powder
- Montreal Spice Steak Seasoning
When you are just getting started, don’t get swallowed up in the notion that you have to have EVERY SPICE. For one, ground spices tend to lose their flavor intensity quickly. Two, if you are just learning to cook, experiment with a few spices at a time. Not everyone likes all the spices. Everybody has different taste preferences. For instance, some like it hot, others like it mild.
So you don’t need a lot of spices to get you started. Especially if you are dealing with tight finances, go with the spices that you know you are most certainly going to use. The ones that you buy and just collect dust in the cupboard are a waste of your money.
Basic Spices Handy For Flavoring Vegetable Dishes
Although vegetables are best when their natural flavors can be enjoyed, there are times when you might want more. So for items such as coleslaw, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots or more, try these:
- caraway seeds
- celery seeds
- seasoning salt
- mustard powder
Basic Spices Needed for Beginning Baking
These are the next spices to add as your cooking skills get better. Or, like most of us, you started with learning to make cookies, and muffins. Who can resist the smell of spices such as:
- Vanilla Flavoring
Most people love the smell of cinnamon. Did you know that smelling cinnamon is a positive sensual stimulation that battles depression? Apparently there are studies that prove that. For myself, I love the smell of cinnamon because it brings back memories of cookies, cakes, and muffins.
Downloadable PDF page for you to use:
So, download this FREE sheet to help you as you get started stocking your spice cupboard.
Where To Purchase?
As you need to buy more to replenish–don’t throw out that spice bottle. What I do is keep my eyes open either at dollar stores or grocery stores and buy the bags of bulk spice. These will usually fill the spice bottle 2 or more times for less than buying new spice bottles all the time.
And this is all about saving you money, both to begin with and further down the road. So, let this list of basic spices EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.