Spice Up Your Life – The 7 Spices Every Home Cook Needs in the Kitchen
You don’t need to be a world-class chef to cook up delicious meals in your own kitchen. All you need are the right spices to help you elevate your dishes. For this, you’ll need more than just salt and pepper. If you’re new to cooking, you’ll want to read on to find out which 7 spices your kitchen needs in order to make your meals really shine.
1. Garlic powder
Garlic powder is great for when a recipe calls for fresh garlic but you’ve completely forgotten to buy it. You can also use it to add more flavor to plain breadcrumbs or mix with flour to coat chicken for baking. It’s a versatile spice that needs to be in your pantry.
2. Italian seasoning
If you’re on a tight budget, buying every spice out there will really eat it up. For Italian-style dishes, you’re better off grabbing Italian seasoning if you can’t afford to buy basil and oregano separately. It imparts the perfect Italian flavors. Rub it into chicken breasts with a little salt and garlic powder and sear in olive oil for several minutes on each side. Then drop it into your crockpot with a little chicken broth and lemon juice for an amazing (and healthy!) meal that will disappear fast!
3. Chili powder
A little bit of heat goes a long way. Just a pinch will add the perfect amount of spice. Plus, it’s good for you too. You can use it in everything from guacamole and salsa to soups and stews.
Add a hint of sweetness without sugar. Cinnamon is great to use with carrots in butter and raw organic honey, sprinkled onto plain oatmeal, in baking, or even to jazz up your morning coffee. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Bay leaves
Make any soup taste even better with the addition of a bay leaf or two. Add it to a can of black beans and onions and your family will never know you didn’t spend all day soaking those beans. They are fantastic flavor boosters. Just be sure to remove them before serving. You don’t want to eat them!
Unlike many other spices, rosemary doesn’t lose flavor as it cooks. It’s great for imparting a more woody, balsamic and mint-ish flavor to your dishes. Chicken tastes amazing with lemon and rosemary.
7. Ground cumin
It’s essential in many Hispanic as well as Middle Eastern dishes. You’ll even find it utilized heavily in China for barbecued meats. Cumin has a very delightful taste, however it’s also highly potent so add it in small increments and taste first before adding more.
Over time, you can add to your spice cabinet, but by having one of these that work best to create any cuisine style, you can easily vary your cooking without breaking the bank.