Spices.

@hvedra (1623)
December 15, 2011 10:55am CST
Do you have a spice rack or, like me, an entire shelf in a cupboard of spices? I like spicy food, especially Indian food, and I'm lucky enough to have a good Indian supermarket nearby where the spices are cheap but very good so I can keep a good stock of most spices. A friend who lives out in the sticks is coming to visit this weekend and has asked to go to the supermarket with me because she knows the prices are very good and they do things like pickling spices which other supermarkets either don't do or only at certain times of the year. Do you cook with spices? Where do you get your spices?
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
15 Dec 11
Hello hvedra. I also like spicy food but lately it doesn't like me. I really like cooking with herbs and spices. We have two spice racks. One I got from one of those buy one, get one free from TV. It is really nice and holds a lot of spice and takes up little room. When I lived in South Carolina I bought my herbs at a health food store. They cost pennies compared to the grocery stores. You could also find Indian and Asian markets down there. I now live in Michigan and the health food store doesn't have bulk spice and herbs. We also don't have any Indian or Asian markets near by. We don;t even have a good variety of Asian restaurants.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
15 Dec 11
Hello Joy. How you doing? The McCormick regular size bottles fit very nice as do the short ones and the glass bottles. The Mrs Dash doesn't fit nor do the spice bottles that have odd shaped bottoms or those from the Dollar general stores. They are shorter than the 17 oz cereal boxes..
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
That must be a bit disappointing if you are used to getting a range of spices for a good price and then find yourself in a "spice desert".
• United States
15 Dec 11
Cinnamon, vanilla (I don't really think that's a spice), pepper, salt (I don't think that this is one either), Thyme, and a few other things. They aren't cheap. They can be very costly in the United States because we have to import most of the spices that we have.
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
Technically... Salt is a seasoning but vanilla is a spice because you use the seeds. I'm a mine of information like that! We import most of our spices too but I think because we have a big Asian population they are bought in bulk so the price is reasonable if you go to an Asian store - in the mainstream supermarkets they can be really expensive.
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@nayaz1625 (131)
• Mauritius
15 Dec 11
I like spicy food a lot and I have a good variety of spices. However, I have mainly premixed spices that I bought from the local stores. I find them very practical and ease your life a lot especially when you are tired. However, me and my wife, we have different tastes as far as spices brands are concerned. When she cooks she uses her preferred brands and I use my prferred brands. Therefore, we may eat the same dish with two different looks and tastes on different occasions. It depends on who prepared it.
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec 11
I got a spice rack many years ago. I have little victorian houses on the shelves and each has a different herb or spice in it. I just love it. Each one seals nicely and keeps the herbs for a long time. I love to cook with nice fresh herbs and this helps me to do so.
@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
That sounds cute, I get through so much of some spices I've got them in plastic food tubs - the kind some takeaways come in!
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec 11
It is pretty nice.
@derek_a (10902)
16 Dec 11
Yes, we have quite a large spice rack. It is the sort that you supposed to screw into the inside of a cupboard door, but we found that with all the spices we had, it weighed the door down and kept looseing the hinges. I had this "brilliant idea" - well I do get them sometimes - of screwing it to the wall at the side of the cooker, and it looks OK there and I can all the spices a lot easier. I have all sorts, because I do like my food well-flavoured. Mostly I used the ginger, celery salt, chile and oregano, but there are lots more that I will experiment with now and again. We buy our curry powder in a larger bag, Madras or Vindaloo are my favourites there. In fact I would have curry every night if it was left up to me, but my wife thinks we should just have it around 3 times a week... Well, that's OK, you got to compromise sometimes! _Derek
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
You should move in with us Derek, and your wife could come to dinner three times a week!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
15 Dec 11
I do not. I have just a few that I really like.....usually I use Mrs. DAsh as I have high blood pressure and these spices don't have salt in them. I am not supposed to have extra salt. Besides that I have cinnamon....and garlic powder. Not much for spices here!
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
Most of my spices are not pre-mixed apart from a couple of seasoning mixes like tandoori masala. I have to be careful about salt too - also high blood pressure although it's been normal the last few readings - this is another reason to do your own scratch cooking, anything prepared often has too much salt in regardless of whether your blood pressure is high.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
22 Dec 11
My parents only did black pepper, garlic powder due to their growing up during the depression. They did buy pickling spices and they did pickle things. But I have an entire shelf of spices. Mostly Mexican, Italian, and American offerings. My husband was stationed in Korea, so he would like for me to learn some Korean dishes, I might this year.
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• Philippines
16 Dec 11
I don't have a huge spice rack or an entire shelf full of spices but i have the some of the essential eastern spices especially for Asian cooking like Five spice,Star anise,Fennel seed,black pepper,Bay leafs,Cinnamon,cloves,ginger,chili flakes,fresh ginger, and some weird bark and dried berry spice. I always cook with spice it gives a food a really aromatic well rounded hint of flavor.Though when using spices we need treat them with respect so I only use a little just to add. I get some of the spices on the super market they have repacked one so I can save some money,I have those cute bottle for spices so I can put the repacked spices there.Some are on the tiangee (wet market.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
6 Dec 12
I've always wanted a spice rack and I remember that my mom used to have a spice rack when I was younger and she would use all those different spices from her spice rack and season her food with it. My mom still to this day, will use all kind of spices for her food and her food is always good. I too like spicy food, but not too much spicy where it is like really hot and I can't stand it. Right now we only use one spice to spice up our food. But I now want to start using different spices cause I am starting to cook more. I already told my husband that I want a spice rack for Christmas, we'll see if I get one.
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@hvedra (1623)
6 Dec 12
Tell your husband it will be more of an investment than a gift because of all the nice food he will be getting.
@Almateea (53)
• Romania
15 Dec 11
I could never live without spices. They add flavor not only to food, but to life. I don't use them only for cooking, but also in beauty recipes. I love the smell of cinnamon in my hair, for example. I love to have as many spices as I can.
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@hvedra (1623)
16 Dec 11
How do you use the cinnamon in your hair? I'm intrigued!
@shaggin (36328)
• United States
20 Feb 12
I used to have two spice racks but I wanted to free up that wall space to put up more m&m decorations in my kitchens. So I put all the spices in this cupboard I have. It fills two shelves. I have a lot of spices. When my husband lived here we had even more as he liked a lot of different spices for his meats. The spice that I probably use the most is cinnamon and sugar. I use it a lot when baking.
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• Mexico
17 Dec 11
Hi hvedra: I must say that I am not a big fan of spices. I like spicy beans but that's all. For some reason I am not brave enough for spicy tastes. i like salty ones and sweet but spicy plates are not my favourite ones. ALVARO
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@portisray (503)
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
I love to eat spicy foods.... But not in a way I could eat a whole chili pepper! I could afford to buy chili powder in our grocery store... If I do cook food... just one small chili pepper will do!
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@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
Hello there! I also have a spice rack her at home. Spices are also essential to my food business. Our cupboard is never without it. :)
@rusale (648)
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
My mom does the buying of spices in the market. She usually put lots of spices every time she cook. Me, I really love eating spicy foods. In a small restaurant, I get some chili to add some spice to the food. I just can't live without it.
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@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
15 Dec 11
I have a lot of spices too, a cupboard full of them. I buy them at the supermarket (we have plenty of them through the whole year) or some special at the turkish shop (sometimes the chinese ones).
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