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Cooking The Most Useful Spices  

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List Rules Any household spice that you use often

The most useful spices are the must-have spices for any home kitchen. Whether you're cooking something sweet or savory, proper seasoning is key for delicious flavors. If you're only going to keep a few spices on hand, choose these best spices first.

At the heart of any essential spices list are the old standbys of salt and pepper. Easily used in more foods than any other spices, salt and pepper have been used together since the 17th century to help bring out the natural flavors of foods. Today, it's rare to find a dining table or top cuisine lacking these essential seasonings.

Going beyond the necessities, garlic, cinnamon, paprika, oregano, parsley and basil are all must-haves for cooking whether you're creating a delicious Italian dish rich with garlic, oregano and basil or simply a sweet treat with that rustic taste of cinnamon. Of course fresh herbs and spices will provide the best flavor for any dish, dried or granulated versions work well in a pinch as well.What's in your cupboard and which are your favorite herbs and spices? Are you a fan of the fresh cilantro, like the heat from cayenne pepper or just happy with some simple seasoning salt? Vote for the spices you use most below!
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161 23
Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices

2
143 19
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices

3
156 23
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices

4
102 33
Basil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices

5
81 21
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices

6
83 25
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices

7
84 27
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices

8
76 23
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder

9
84 28
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices

10
80 27
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices

11
83 29
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices

12
67 20
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices

13
59 17
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices

14
68 25
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices

15
62 23
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices

16
70 29
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices

17
66 27
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices

18
65 30
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices

19
54 22
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices

20
45 16
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices

21
46 21
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices

22
49 26
Dill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices

23
39 20
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices

24
31 18
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard

25
34 21
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices