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Here’s A List Of The Top Cooking Spices For Your Next Shopping Spree

Spices are the extra edge you need for your meals. Your veggies may be tasty but add a dash of savory seasonings like paprika and cayenne pepper, and you are sure to get winning compliments! Thus, our compilation of some of the most common spices and herbs. However, this list is like no other because it comes with a classification system to help you know what spices fit different meals.

By Cookist

This list includes the essential spices you can expect to find in the average kitchen. If you don't already have these, make sure you stock up on them; change your cooking game!

We have classified the spices into three sections for fundamental understanding. The compilation thus includes spices that are the basics, spices that are for savory cooking as well as spices for sweets.

The Basic Essentials


These are the spices that can genuinely be labeled indispensable for every meal. Unlike what many people would expect to find, this group only includes:

Salt: There are different kinds of salt (kosher, table, and sea salt), and you can make your choice based on the meal you're preparing.
Black pepper: Its freshly ground form is most recommended.

Spices for Savory Cooking

  • Chili Powder: make your meals extra hot with chili powder. It is best used in tacos, homemade chili, enchiladas, and other exotic recipes.
  • Pepper flakes: a versatile spice that can be used in a large variety of meals; pasta dishes, vegetable salad, pizza, etc.
  • Cayenne Pepper: for extra heat in your meals, use cayenne pepper — but sparingly!
  • Ground cumin: used for exotic recipes
  • Oregano: a pizza essential
  • Paprika: sweet and smoked varieties
  • Italian Seasoning: A blend of various dried herbs.
  • Garlic Powder: a must-have in every kitchen. Ascertain quality before buying!

Spices for Sweets 


Cinnamon: for all sorts of pastries Nutmeg: used for cakes, and most other pastries Vanilla Extract: an essential for baking Ground Cardamom: recommended as an accompaniment for cinnamonGround Ginger: most commonly used in cookies and cakes

To keep your spices fresher longer, experts recommend buying them in their whole form so that you only have to grate them when needed.

As for the proper storage methods, experts recommend buying a spice jar that affords easy use and a tightly sealed space that protects the seasonings from heat and oxygen.

Now you can go spice shopping armed with just the right information. Enjoy!

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