Don’t miss the Basic Herbs and Spices to Keep on Hand Infographic below the article!

Even the most basic herbs and spices make wonderful additions to your favorite culinary dishes. Every cook and baker should be sure to stock their cabinets with basic herbs and spices, no matter if they are just starting off, or are an expert chef!

Here’s a quick tip when purchasing basic herbs and spices: herbs lose potency after about 6 months, so it is better to buy small amounts at a time rather than buying in bulk.

All cooks’ cabinets may look a little different based on their specific tastes and favorite meals. However, check out the lists below of the best basic herbs and spices to keep on hand!

Basic Herbs and Spices to Keep on Hand ImageFor Cooking

  • Bay leaves
  • Basil
  • Black peppercorn
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sesame seeds
  • Thyme

For Baking

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract

Basic Herbs and Spices to Keep on Hand Infographic

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Sources:

“Herbs and Spices: What are the basic herbs and spices I should have on hand?” from Sara Moulton 

“Top 20 Herbs and Spices for Home Cooking” from About.com 

“Basic Spice Checklist” from Real Simple 

Photo courtesy of scottchan, freedigitalphotos.net

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