I know you have seen those cooking demos where the person sprinkles barely a dash of salt on a piece of meat or doesn’t even bother to season it at all. I have literally witnessed people spread pesto over the top of a chicken breast and pop it in the oven. This is pure blasphemy!
All food needs to be seasoned. Do not let anyone tell you, “the meat has its own flavor”. LIES! The steak needs, at minimum, salt and pepper to enhance whatever natural flavor it may have.
My husband and I are a notorious for having a ridiculous amount of seasonings in our cabinet. We even have some unique spices from different countries. I have never counted, but I am sure it is well over 70 spices. For those of you who have ever purchased a Family Meal Plan from Great Life is a Must, you know that it is rare I actually have to buy the spices listed in the grocery list. We keep a fully stocked seasonings cabinet in my house.
To keep our spice cabinets organized we use turntables and they are a dream. These make it so easy to find everything you need and keep the cabinet organized. Before buying a turntable, be sure to pay attention to the size to ensure it fits in your cabinet.
Today, I am sharing a list of the 30 seasonings every cook or aspiring cook, should have in their cabinet. There are so many great flavors in the world, there is no reason to limit your cabinet spices to just salt and pepper.
Dried Herbs You Need In your Cabinet
5. Italian seasoning mix
6. Rubbed Sage
Spices You Need in Your Cabinet
10. Chili powder
11. Garlic powder
12. Onion powder
13. Ground cinnamon
15. Ground mustard
Types of Salt You Need in Your Cabinet
16. Table salt
17. Kosher Salt
18. Seasoning salt
19. Pink Himalayan salt grinder
Types of Pepper You Need in Your Cabinet
20. Crushed red pepper
21. Cayenne pepper
22. Black pepper
23. Peppercorn Grinder
Types of Combo Seasonings You Need in Your Cabinet
These are great for quickly seasoning with just one ingredient
24. Lemon pepper
25. Cajun or Creole Seasoning
26. Cuban Seasoning
27. Any Steak seasoning
28. Old Bay
29. Adobo all-purpose seasoning
30. Any chicken spice rub seasoning
If you have most of these seasonings in your cabinet, it is very likely that you will be able to cook from almost any recipe without having to first make a store run. It is fun to experiment with different flavor combinations and see how it tastes. Have fun with making you new well-seasoned creations!