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Food 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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189 27
Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices
2
171 23
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices
3
182 26
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices
4
99 23
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices
5
115 36
Basil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices
6
100 29
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices
7
96 27
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices
8
98 29
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices
9
94 29
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices
10
81 23
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices
11
95 32
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices
12
88 30
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder
13
69 19
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices
14
79 27
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices
15
80 32
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices
16
68 27
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices
17
60 24
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices
18
71 34
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices
19
49 20
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices
20
69 36
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices
21
52 24
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices
22
55 29
Dill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices
23
44 22
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices
24
36 21
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard
25
38 24
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices