Choosing herbs and spices for recipes can sometimes be a challenge if you aren’t familiar with all of them. This list will share some of the post popular ones to keep on hand.
These are some of my favorite herbs and spices used in cooking. There are so many wonderful herbs and spices available at grocery and specialty stores. You can even grow them in your home or garden. These go hand in hand with my top herbs for baking.
Herbs and Spices for Cooking
We often hear the term “herbs and spices”. As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.
But have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two families of food flavor enhancers?
Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried) that are used to enhance the flavor of foods. They’ve also been known to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics.
The difference between the two is where they are obtained from a plant.
When using dried or ground spices you really need to use the less is more method, in my opinion, but taste test to get just the right amount of spice. A general rule according to Spice Island is 1/4 ts to start per 2 cups of meat. For Garlic and Cayenne, start with 1/8 ts.
Here is another guideline of shelf life by Spice Island:
- Ground Spices 2-3 years
- Whole Spices 3-4 years
- Herbs 1-3 years
- Seasoning Blends 1-2 years
- Extracts 4 years
I’m sure all of us have a few spices on our shelf, that we don’t even remember buying. Make sure you store in a cool dark place and replace every few years.
I know there are some spices I only use every 1 or 2 years and a very small amount, but the freshness and aroma won’t be as good if they are not replaced.
Here is a list of some of my favorite herbs and spices for cooking.
- Kosher Salt
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Garlic powder
- Cream of Tartar
See more of what I am pinning to my Tips in the Kitchen board.
These are some of my favorite Herbs and Spices for cooking, what are yours?
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