Essential Spices for Your Home Pantry

Posted On: August 1, 2014

Variety is the spice of life! Keep these spices on hand to create beautifully complex and aromatic dishes!

Bay Leaves

Typically sold dry, bay leaves create a warm, woody taste. Add them to marinades, soups, stews and make sure to remove before serving.

Cayenne pepper

Made from dried and ground red pepper, this spicy powder will add kick to your meal. Perfect for Indian or Cajun cuisine.

Cinnamon, ground

Perfect for baking and full of warmth, this spice will add depth to your dish. Cinnamon can compliment a sweet dish or liven up your beef stews.

Cumin, ground

Found in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes,  powdered cumin lends a mellow, nutty taste to food.

Oregano, dried

When all else fails, find the oregano! It adds a balsamic, warm flavor to many dishes, including those originating in Mediterranean  cuisine.


Made from ground sweet red pepper pods, paprika was practically made to season grass-fed beef, fish and chicken.

Herbs de Provence 

These mixtures typically contain savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. They mix well with stews and chicken and added before or during cooking as to infuse the flavour into the cooked food.

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