Spices – the arsenal of spices available for cooking is almost overwhelming!
We take a simple approach: have the basics, make any specialty blends that you need. This has kept our cost down and our cupboards a little less cluttered!
In our pantry, we have:
- Salt & Pepper
- Garlic (minced & powder)
- Chili Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Ground Mustard
- Cream of Tarter
- Minced Onion
- Italian Seasoning (we love Mrs. Dash – salt free!)
Many of our most-loved spices – oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning are purchased in bulk. Running out of these isn’t an option with the way that we cook, so the larger bottles help us make sure we have spices around when we need them.
Our more diverse spice collection is housed in our spice wrack. We decided to replace the spices that we don’t often use with those we do – so we re-labeled our canisters.
Here, we have spices like:
- Lemon Pepper (Mrs. Dash)
- Garlic and Herb (Mrs. Dash)
- Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick)
- Smokehouse Maple Seasoning (McCormick)
- Celery Seed
- Bay Leaves
- Season Salt
We love cinnamon and vanilla – so these are our main bulk spices we use for baking and sweet goods. Additionally, you’ll find nutmeg, ginger and cloves in this mix. The other extracts we have include peppermint and anise. Most folks would also include almond in the mix, but that one doesn’t make an appearance in our kitchen due to my nut allergy.
Together, these spices enable us to make just about any dish we want – and, we can easily make up our own spice mixtures as needed. My friend Lynn has shared a handful of her favorite spice mixes she makes herself – like taco and fajita mix. I have used both, and we love them!
I encourage you to choose one one spice you might typically buy and try making it on your own. Here are a few recipes from fellow bloggers to help in that process:
Do you have a favorite make-at-home spice mix?