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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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135 17
Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices

2
120 16
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices

3
131 19
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices

4
83 26
Basil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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74 21
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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65 16
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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68 20
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices

8
70 23
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices

9
70 24
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices

10
59 17
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder

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57 16
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices

12
63 22
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices

13
56 19
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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47 14
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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49 17
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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57 24
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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54 22
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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44 17
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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50 24
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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34 13
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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37 18
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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38 24
Dill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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30 17
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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29 18
Saffron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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32 21
Fennel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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25 15
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard

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28 18
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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32 23
Seasoned salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Seasoned salt

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24 17
Marjoram is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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29 26
Lemon pepper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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24 21
Celery salt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useful Spices
carlybobarly added Celery salt

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24 23
Celery Seed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Celery Seed

33
19 20
Poultry seasoning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Poultry seasoning

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21 23
Montreal steak seasoning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Montreal steak seasoning

35
17 21
Pumpkin pie spice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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18 23
Old Bay Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useful Spices