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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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145 18
Salt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Useful Spices

2
141 21
Black pepper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Useful Spices

3
129 18
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Useful Spices

4
90 28
Basil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Useful Spices

5
78 24
Oregano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Useful Spices

6
69 19
Cumin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Useful Spices

7
72 22
Paprika is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Useful Spices

8
74 25
Chili powder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Useful Spices

9
64 19
Onion Powder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Onion Powder

10
75 27
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Useful Spices

11
68 23
Crushed red pepper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Useful Spices

12
59 19
Ginger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Useful Spices

13
60 21
Cayenne Pepper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Useful Spices

14
59 23
Parsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Useful Spices

15
49 16
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Useful Spices

16
61 25
Rosemary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Useful Spices

17
51 20
Turmeric is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Useful Spices

18
47 19
Bay leaf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Useful Spices

19
38 14
Nutmeg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Useful Spices

20
54 28
Cilantro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Useful Spices

21
40 20
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Useful Spices

22
41 26
Dill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Useful Spices

23
32 19
Common sage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Useful Spices

24
36 24
Seasoned salt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Seasoned salt

25
28 17
Dry mustard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Dry mustard

26
30 19
Cloves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Useful Spices

27
31 21
Saffron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Useful Spices

28
33 24
Fennel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Useful Spices

29
26 18
Marjoram is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Useful Spices

30
27 22
Celery salt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Useful Spices
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31
32 28
Lemon pepper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Useful Spices

32
26 24
Celery Seed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Celery Seed

33
21 22
Poultry seasoning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Poultry seasoning

34
19 22
Pumpkin pie spice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Useful Spices

35
21 26
Montreal steak seasoning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Useful Spices
Montreal steak seasoning

36
20 25
Old Bay Seasoning is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Useful Spices