10 Things You Should Always Have In Your Spice Rack

19th July 2016

It’s time to spice things up a bit… 

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Ok, so those keen beans among you will know that we have in fact written a cheeky article about spices before. James had a go on Tumblr, Hannah wrote a cracking article on SORTEDfood.com, but now it’s my turn. Let’s see if we can bring something new to the age-old spice rack conversation.

1. Paprika

Might seem a bit of a weird place to start but this little guy is my all time favourite most used spice. This is probably because I eat A LOT of sweet potato fries.

2. Smoked Paprika

If you want to go one step further, get smoked paprika, you won’t regret it. It’s just like normal paprika but yummier.

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3. Chilli Powder

This is a really easy go to spice if you ever just want to add a bit of heat to a dish. The good thing about this is that you can buy it at different heat levels to suit your dish or your nerve.

4. Chilli flakes

Now these little suckers should be used with caution. They look so harmless and innocent in the jar but goodness me do they pack a punch. Do invest though, they look delightful sprinkled on top of poached eggs and avo.

5. Turmeric

This guy is great for curries or frankly anything. It adds a bit of extra flavour to frittatas, rice and bonus, it’s turns everything bright yellow, so don’t wear white when you cook with it!

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6. Cinnamon

One to use if you are ever cooking dessert. You cannot bake an apple pie without cinnamon. It’s also a tasty addition to some savoury dishes like couscous or tagine. Have it in your cupboard, that’s it.

7. Nutmeg

When you buy nutmeg, make sure you buy it whole. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it tastes infinitely better when grated fresh. Secondly, it will finally give you an excuse to use the tiny little grater that makes you feel like a giant.

8. Cumin

This delightful spice can be used in loads of recipes, from Indian curries to guacamole. He’s such a great all rounder.

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9. Cloves

This may be my favourite spice to have in the cupboard, purely because it smells like Christmas. The main way I use cloves is just to stick them in stuff. Stick them in a ham joint before you put it in the oven. Stick them in oranges to make Christmas decorations. Stick them into food to turn it into Christmas food. Done.

10. Star Anise

This Chinese spice has a sort of liquorice flavour and can be bought in a powder or whole. I personally think it’s fun to use whole in chutneys. It makes the whole thing look a lot prettier in the jar as well as making it taste delightful.

What are your all time essential spices to have around? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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