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Spice Up Your Pantry!

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Have you checked your pantry lately?

Do you know which spices you have on-hand? 

Do you know how long you have had them?

How many times have you started a recipe only to find out you didn’t have one of the right spices?  If you are like me, I used to just say to myself, “oh, I’ll just leave that one out.” Then I would wonder why the recipe was so bland. Or, sometimes I would have the spice, but it was so old it was hard to tell if it had any flavor anymore.

So I did two things.  First, I went out and bought some new spices.  Then I labeled each bottle with the name on top and the date I bought it on the side(my little Brother’s label maker comes in really handy for this process).  Here is a list of what I always keep on hand, then I add spices as I add new recipes:

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Bay Leaves
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Pepper

5 comments on “Spice Up Your Pantry!

  1. Mandy
    April 24, 2013

    If you have a spice grinder (I use an old coffee grinder), you can buy whole spices and they will last much longer than ground. Whole spices should last up to 2 years while ground spices will only last about 6 months. Glad to see cumin on your list– it is one of my favorite spices and it seems like many people don’t use it!

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    • Dugan's Kitchen
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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    • Dugan's Kitchen
      April 26, 2013

      Excellent point! Also, buying spice in bulk can be much less expensive if you need a pricey spice that you rarely use and only need a small amount.

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  2. Gavin Haque
    April 24, 2013

    Good tip. Thank you.

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