Spices

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Flickr: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

Foods Included

Coriander, Cumin, Curry powder, Fennel, Garlic powder, Onion powder, Dried mustard, Pepper (black, cayenne, chili, white), Paprika

Description

Spices can be used in all types of cooking and food preparation to add flavor. Experiment with them to add variety to your favorite dishes!

Buy It

  • If possible, only buy the amount of spices that you'll use before the expiration date since the strength of the flavor decreases over time.
  • Look for packets of spices rather than jars -- many grocery stores sell them and they're much less expensive.
  • Try to always have staple spices on hand to season meals on a regular basis. Some ideas include black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, curry powder, and cinnamon.

Store It

  • Store spices in a cool, dry place.

Cook It

  • Add spices while cooking and to replace salt. You can sometimes avoid using salt altogether with the right combination of spices! Try these combinations:
  • Mexican flavors: cumin, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder
  • Morrocan or Middle Eastern flavors: cumin, chili powder, ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon
  • Indian flavoris: cumin, chili powder, ginger, garlic powder, curry powder
  • Italian flavors: oregano, garlic powder, black pepper
  • Desserts or winter stews: ginger, cinnamon

Why It's Great

  • Many spices are full of antioxidants, which help keep your body healthy by protecting cells from damage.
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