So, maybe you’re new to the kitchen.
Maybe you’re not.
Either way, you’re wondering how to stock your kitchen with spices.
When spices can run $8+ a bottle things can add up quickly. And lets be honest, I certainly don’t have $100 to spend of spices.
BUT I most certainly do want to make amazing, flavorful, and delicious cuisine!
Unless the ones eating your food are chefs from New York’s best restaurants, they won’t be able to tell the difference between $1 cumin and $12.
Your best bet is to buy a good variety of seasonings and spices and actually use them. A spice collection is easy to compile.
I buy (almost) all of my spices at Aldi for a dollar or I really like Badia brand. They’re inexpensive and carry great options! Stocking your kitchen with spices can be a breeze.
What it really comes down to is not being intimidated by flavoring your food and not getting caught in the money trap of spending too much on expensive ones. Instead develop a reasonably priced spice collection that you use often.
Now, what spices should you consider “stocking” your kitchen with?
I always keep the following spices on hand:
I also have a couple of blends that I use all the time – one is a Tuscan blend and one is Toasted Sesame Ginger.
You can find them at TJ Maxx (so start searching!) or if you feel like a splurge, Amazon has them too.
by Victoria Taylor [Victoria Taylor]
Ginny loves the ones above as well! Here are some other favorites that she keeps on hand:
by McCormick [McCormick]
by Cavender's [S-C Seasoning Co.]
Just a little story from Ginny: When I got married, one of my favorite gifts was a bag of spices from my friend. She included all the staples – some were even doubles from her cabinets! Those spices were invaluable to me – and I used them more than some of my fancier wedding gifts!
Don’t be afraid to pile on flavor!
What are your favorite spices? What can’t you live without?