Enhancing Your Rack
A wise group of young ladies once told us to spice up our lives. “Every boy and every girl, spice up your life. People of the world, spice up your life…ahhhh!” Who coulda guessed they were talking about our [spice] racks?
What would the 90s have been without The Spice Girls? We try not to imagine such terrible things, but surely it would have been a bland time… like vegan cooking without plentiful seasoning.
We’re here to help you avoid the unforgivable by enhancing your rack from flat to full. Spices are affordable and easy to store, last for long periods of time and can be used in a variety of ways.
Whether you’re new to the whole kitchen thing, or trying to add extra flavor to your favorite dishes, here are the herbs and spices you shouldn’t be without.
Bonus: Check out our favorite spice kits to help get you started!
If kosher salt isn’t already your best friend, it should be. Keep a bowl of these flakes on the counter for easy access when cooking. Add a pinch at a time to your dish, and sit back while flavors become more pronounced.
Pro tip, the larger flakes allow for more control than the table salt variety.
Don’t already own a proper pepper mill? Go out and buy one! Whole peppercorns stay fresh longer than pre-ground varieties and add vibrant flavor to any dish. Crack directly over salads and into soups when you feel like playing waiter during dinner parties.
Dry basil is simple to use and easy to enjoy. Sprinkle over pizza and salads to elevate everyday meals, or add directly into homemade pasta sauces for that true Italian look and flavor. We love seasoning our Baked Crispy Chickpeas with dried basil, a delicious and easy snack on-the-go.
Made from ground mild chili peppers, paprika adds sweetness, a bit of heat, and color to any dish. Add to sauces, sprinkle on your favorite veggies and roast, or garnish over completed dishes for extra flavor.
CHILI POWDER OR FLAKES
For those looking to turn up the heat, add chili flakes for an extra kick. There is really no limit when it comes to chili powder or flakes. You want it hot, then use a lot! Throw into the mix with you favorite meatball recipe, sprinkle on top of avocado toast, or grind them up and toss into any salad.
Minced, powdered, granulated… pick your poison! Garlic is one of the most versatile spices. Use to add depth to savory dishes, stir fry, sauces or roasted veggies.
Fun fact, garlic has many medicinal properties, and can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.