Staple Flavorings for Everyone's Kitchen

A Dozen Most Essential Spices:

Keeping your spice cabinet well-stocked is key to easier cooking and baking. In addition to salt and pepper, the following are spices, herbs and flavors recommended to keep on-hand:

  1. Basil
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Minced Onion
  4. Chili Powder
  5. Ground Cinnamon
  6. Dill Weed Ground
  7. Ginger
  8. Oregano
  9. Paprika
  10. Rosemary
  11. Thyme
  12. Vanilla Extract

Personalize Your Pantry:

The following spices are also recommended for your pantry if you like to prepare certain types of food. Stock these in addition to A Dozen Most Essential Spices.

Italian Cooking

  • Fennel
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning

Mexican Cooking

  • Cumin

Asian Cooking

  • Curry Powder
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Sesame Seed


  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Cardamon
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Poppy Seeds

Holiday Cooking & Baking

  • Whole Allspice
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Paprika
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Sage
  • Summer Savory