The Perfect Pantry's spice rack: 58 essential ingredients (and we turn three today)
I believe in karma.
I really do.
I believe in parking karma. My husband Ted has it, an uncanny ability to find a space for his car, even in the most crowded city on the most crowded day. Me? Can't snag a parking space in an empty lot.
I believe in shopping karma. When you find what you're looking for on your first stop of the day, your day's errands will be successful.
I believe that when three readers, three days in a row, ask for a list of the spices in my pantry, the universe is trying to tell me something. Call it blog karma.
Today is the three-year anniversary of The Perfect Pantry, and I'm celebrating with three posts this week about everything in my pantry. It's the first time I've ever published a list of all of the items that have permanent resident status in my spice rack, cupboards, fridge and freezer.
Three spices I use in small quantities, from a favorite online source.
You'll realize, of course, that my pantry is perfect -- for me, and for what I like to cook. As we've seen on Saturdays in Other People's Pantries, everyone's pantry is perfect, yet no two contain identical ingredients.
At the end of each post this week, I hope you'll suggest items that should be in my pantry, with some ideas for how to use them. I'm always looking for my next favorite ingredient, for new dishes to try and new flavors to love.
Next Sunday, I'll publish the list of what you feel is missing from The Perfect Pantry, and you can be sure that many of those items will find their way here.
To the readers who inspired this week's posts, and to all of you who read this blog and take a moment to leave a comment or send an email, or let me know if you've tried a recipe, or share your own recipes, or correct my mistakes or add to our collective knowledge about pantry ingredients, and to those whose pantry photos have appeared here in Other People's Pantries -- thank you, thank you, thank you.
You are the most important ingredient in The Perfect Pantry.
THE PERFECT PANTRY'S SPICE RACK
The 58 herbs and spices in my kitchen today
As you can see, my spice rack circles the globe. Herbs and spices marked with an asterisk are ones I consider fundamental, if you're just starting to build your pantry. To find more recipes using each ingredient, use the search box at the top of this page. [Note: to print this post without sidebars, hit "print" on your keyboard. To print just the list, cut and paste into a Word document.]
Allspice, whole and ground
Cardamom, ground and whole pods
Chile peppers, assorted ground and whole
*Cinnamon, ground and whole sticks
Cloves, whole and ground
Colman's English dry mustard
Cream of tartar
*Cumin, ground and whole seeds
Dill weed and seed
Grains of paradise
Herbes de Provence
Hot sauce (Tabasco and many others)
Nutmeg, whole and ground
Old Bay Seasoning
Oregano, Mediterranean and Mexican
Paprika, Hungarian sweet and Pimentón (smoked paprika)
*Pepper, black and white, ground and whole peppercorns
Ras el hanout
Red pepper flakes
*Salt, kosher and sea (several types)
Sesame seeds, white and black
What's missing? What's on your spice rack that isn't on this list?