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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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117 15
Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices

2
118 16
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices

3
106 16
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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66 16
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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76 23
Basil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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66 20
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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61 18
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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60 18
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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63 20
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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54 16
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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51 14
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder

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50 14
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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50 16
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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41 13
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices

The Best Spice Brands

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49 20
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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51 22
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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40 15
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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39 15
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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30 11
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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43 22
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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34 16
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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35 20
Dill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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27 14
Saffron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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30 17
Fennel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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23 11
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard

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26 14
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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25 15
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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28 19
Seasoned salt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Seasoned salt

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29 20
Lemon pepper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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21 14
Marjoram is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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22 19
Celery Seed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Celery Seed

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20 18
Celery salt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useful Spices
carlybobarly added Celery salt

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

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17 18
Poultry seasoning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Poultry seasoning

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17 18
Pumpkin pie spice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useful Spices

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17 20
Old Bay Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useful Spices