View Full Version : Essential Spices?

01-12-2005, 12:09 PM
What spices do you guys have at home? and how do you use them?

01-12-2005, 12:18 PM
A bunch of different sodium free mrs dash mixtures, for chicken,steak,etc. And curry powder for chicken, and i'm also a huge fan of plain old pepper for a lot of things. Chili powder for the rare occasions that I bust out the slow cooker and want a good spicy chili. I use cinnamon a lot for oats/shakes. Cilantro goes into any home made salsa that I do. Lemon pepper for fish/chicken. That probably covers it for me (I'm not entirely creative).

01-12-2005, 12:44 PM
Mrs Dash
Lemon Pepper
Red Pepper flakes
Italian seasoning
Black Pepper
Sundried tomato and oregano salad dressing (marinate chicken in it)

01-12-2005, 12:45 PM
I have tons of those little red containers of spices and even more large shakers of custom premixed spices. Here are some examples:

Jamaican Jerk chili powder, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, ginger
Curry - coriander, cumin, pepper, turmeric, ginger, celery seed, fennel
Beef Rub garlic, onion, pepper, thyme
Salmon Rub paprika, cumin, garlic, celery seed, oregano

01-12-2005, 12:48 PM
"Montreal Chicken" seasoning rocks!

01-12-2005, 01:45 PM
Are those Mrs dash ones from america? like those davinci syrups?

What are schwartz ones like because thats what i have a few of...

ground cumin
italian herb
cayenne pepper
steak seasoning

there what i currently have but im going to get my mum to get some more in

01-12-2005, 02:05 PM
Emeril's essense
curry powder

01-12-2005, 02:17 PM
Emeril's essense
curry powder

damn, you beat me to the emeril's essence ...

you can buy the 'variety' pack, though.

it has original, southwestern, asian, and italian.

i also use ground red pepper, lemon pepper, ground ginger, garlic, pepper (no salt though) ground allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, parsley, chives, oregano, terragon, rosemary, thyme ... i have a large spice rack. i know i'm forgetting some.

01-12-2005, 02:25 PM
i can't seem to find the other varieties other than the original...but i'll search around..


01-12-2005, 02:37 PM
spanish paprika
garlic powder
crushed red pepper
dried onions
mustard powder

01-12-2005, 07:35 PM
Sage (growing in the back yard)- great for chicken, turkey, and pork

Rosemary- good on chicken and pork

Basil- good with anything tomato based, pastas, or herb bread

Marjoram- good with eggs

Chives (growing in the back yard, and also dried)- adds a mild onion-like flavor to foods: great in eggs, mixed vegetables, chicken salad, and tuna salad

Thyme- a "flavor blender" herb, it's good with just about anything. Particularly good with cruciferous vegetables (all the "cabbage" family.)

Caraway seed- also very good with cruciferous vegetables

Nutmeg- buy it whole, and grate it as needed. Excellent in oatmeal, fruits, and, strangely enough, cooked onions

Cinnamon- essential for oatmeal, and for the rare treat of homemade cinnamon bread or french toast

Cumin seed- good in black bean salsa, or anything where a taco-like seasoning is desired

Other spices/herbs I keep on hand: ginger, whole cloves, whole allspice, oregano, tarragon, and garlic.