What are your Favorite Spices to Use in the Kitchen??

Spices-Knowing the Different Ones for the Recipe Part

I love to cook everything from Italian to Indian food, but it wasn’t always the case. This was because I could never get my seasoning right. I always heard people say that seasoning was an art, but I never believed them until I experienced it myself. It took a lot of practice and numerous ruined dishes for me to finally master this art.

Today I thought I should probably share some of my secrets with you. Hence, if you are new to cooking then you have to come to the right place because I have the solution to all your problems – well, most.

First let us start by knowing what a spice rack essentially should consist of:

  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Bay leaf
  • Curry powder
  • Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Nutmeg
  • Turmeric
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Chilli powder
  • Italian herb seasoning blend

Now that we have established the spices we need in a spice rack, let us move on to how we can store these spices. Here are my top three tips for doing so:

  1. Remember that dry herbs will always taste different from their fresh counterparts. Hence, if you plan on replacing fresh herbs in a recipe with a dry herb then you have another think coming because this will bring out a completely different taste of the dish. However, you can use one part dry herb and three parts fresh herbs, if you are short on ingredients.
  2. Everything in the world has an expiry date, even herbs and spices. Therefore, it is advised that you use them only for a specific time, especially if they have been used. Avoid using spices that are very old as this will be unhealthy.