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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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192 27
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices
2
199 30
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices
3
207 33
Salt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices
4
129 37
Basil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices
5
107 28
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices
6
112 31
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices
7
109 30
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices
8
106 32
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices
9
93 26
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices
10
107 36
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices
11
108 38
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices
12
96 37
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder
13
87 32
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices
14
74 24
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices
15
91 35
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices
16
75 33
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices
17
69 29
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices
18
78 39
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices
19
77 40
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices
20
56 25
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices
21
61 31
Dill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices
22
50 23
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices
23
57 29
Mint is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices
24
44 26
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices
25
40 25
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard