Let the Spice flow!
What are your top go to spices/ herbs for cooking? Use anything you have to order online?
What is good to keep in the cabinet as dry and what is best to use fresh? I know fresh is best but I can't have a garden right now and the stuff at the store is sky high!
Go to spices: garlic, more garlic, did I mention garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, smoked salt, onion, cinnamon, bay, parsley, red pepper flakes, chipotle powder, and a handful dozen other. We use garlic and onion fresh, the rest we keep dried in the cabinet.
salt and pepper get used more than anything for me, but i get a lot of play out of the following:
and, i know it's not a spice, but sometimes use it like one...parmesan cheese
Emeril's Original Essence is pretty good for a mix. Use a lot of curry blends, too. I grind a lot of sea salt and peppercorns. Cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne. Whole cumin seeds.
Invest in a mortar and pestle.
I always use basil, garlic, rosemary, mint, ginger and sage fresh.
You can easily grow rosemary, basil and mint in containers.
I am a spice junkie. I try to buy organic/bulk, but Penzey's is a great on-line store (or retail if you live in certain areas). They have the *best* Vietnamese cinnamon. McCormick's has a large organic line in stores.
all of the above plus a blend called "Garam Masla" and tumeric (also makes amazing dye for yarn!)
Fresh herbs actually freeze really well. I freeze mine a tablespoon at a time in a silicone muffin pan with olive oil. Once they are solid, pop them out and put put them in a ziplock storage bag or however you want to keep them in the freezer.
Salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, curry, cayenne, red pepper flakes, chili powder, paprika. I recently discovered chipotle pepper powder. I love the frozen garlic from TJs! Fresh is basil, rosemary and parsley.
I really like coriander seed. It seems to go well with almost everything, sweet and savory alike.
Great ideas! I wanna try something with the smoked salt.
[QUOTE=yodiewan;963494]I really like coriander seed. It seems to go well with almost everything, sweet and savory alike.[/QUOTE]
I think I have that in the cabinet. What do you use it with?