Whether you’re a food blogger, a single mom, or a student living on your own, stocking your kitchen cabinet with the right spices is essential for hassle-free, healthy, and delicious cooking.
Like painting, cooking is also an art, where you don’t need paintbrushes, but spices to create a masterpiece.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up a list of five essential spices that we use in almost all our recipes.
It’s surprising how so many people cook using only table salt, which is excessively high in sodium. Kosher salt will add more flavor to your meals, and it’s also healthier than ionized salt. You can use any other coarse-grained sea salt like the Himalayan salt too!
Whole White and Black Peppercorn
Using packaged black and white pepper in your meals may seem easier, but you could be missing out on the aroma and flavor that you can only get from freshly grounded peppercorn. Take it from us; you need a grinder in your life.
If the meal you prepared smells and tastes great, but it feels like something is missing—that something could be garlic powder. Add it to your mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken biscuit with green chile cheese spread, or your calzone to add in the missing oomph in your recipes.
A mild spice rich in antioxidants, cinnamon gives your meals a delectable touch of warmth and sweetness. Though typically used in desserts and baking, cinnamon is also famous for adding deliciousness and depth to savory dishes. Have you tried our recipes for Mexican hot chocolate cookies recipes, pumpkin pie smoothie, South African bobotie recipe, or fruit and nut oatmeal scones with and without cinnamon? If so, you’d know the difference.
Cumin is actually a fruit of a type of parsley plant, which is dried and grounded to add aroma to a variety of dishes. It is primarily used in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African cuisines. We prefer using ground cumin in earlier stages of meal preparation because it gives out more flavor when cooked well. If you’re new to cooking and don’t know what cumin really tastes like, try our home-style beef chili recipe, where just one teaspoon of cumin powder is enough to take the flavors on a whole new level.
Want to learn how we use these spices? Browse through our many recipes in breakfast, main dishes, starters, side dishes, and dessert sections on Eats By The Beach.