Yesterday I gave a walk-through of our pantry. Today, I want to share with you my favorite cooking spices.
I store our spices in a cabinet next to the stove. I don’t think I have a huge collection of spices, but everyone’s kitchen and cooking is different!
These are my essential spices. I store these on the front row:
- Black pepper & salt grinders. These hit the dining table. I don’t usually use it for cooking though.
- Trader Joe’s garlic powder is my favorite. It smells extra garlic-y and I always buy extra when I’m at the store.
- Onion powder is also used frequently, but I’m not attached to a particular brand.
- I add both French thyme and oregano into most meat dishes I’m preparing (with the exception of Chinese food).
- I also have ground mustard for mayo-based salads or macaroni and cheese dishes.
Moving on to the next tier:
- Chili powder for meats and chili.
- Paprika, same as above.
- Red Chili Pepper is my favorite. It goes into my pastas and chili! I use it like salt and pepper at the table so I don’t set our children’s mouths on fire!
- Bay Leaves for stocks and soups.
- Ground Cumin for meats, chili, and recently a cilantro chutney I started making.
- Cayenne pepper, because we just like spicy foods here!
- Five-spice powder is standard in Asian cooking.
In the last tier I have:
- Nutmeg for holiday baking.
- Cream of Tartar (rarely used)
- Ground Black Pepper
- Ground White Pepper
Of course I keep bigger spices in another space. I have salt, a couple types of soy sauce, fish sauce, and liquids. I found the best way to store these is with the aluminum containers to prevent leaks and spills.
Ha, I promise this isn’t a sponsored Trader Joe’s post. I find their spices are affordable and delicious!
What are your favorite spices? Do you have a particular brand that you like to use? I find with my collection I can make almost any dish a recipe requires. Or, I’ll just skip the missing ingredient! This way, I know my spices will get used and won’t go stale sitting in the pantry/cabinet.