Having a variety of spices available at home has been an enormous help when experimenting with new foods, ethnic traditions and unfamiliar recipes.While I still purchase the typical grocery store finds, the most impressive spices have been from one of two places: Penzey’s and Trader Joe’s.
While writing last week’s Friday’ Five about Trader Joe’s staples, I realized that their entire spice and herb selection has become a staple in my kitchen.
And, really, all of these are fantastic.
A few that are worth highlighting:
The 21 Seasoning Salute is a fantastic no-salt-added, universal flavor addition. Similar to Mrs. Dash . . . but better!
The Pumpkin Pie Spice is only sold during this time of year, so I stock up. Besides the usual uses in baked goods, I sometimes add it to my morning bowl of oatbran and smoothies. And compared to the same size container at my local grocery store, this one is a steal.
The South African Smoke Seasoning Blend is a newer addition to my pantry. The container is a grinder! It grinds the pepper, salt and other spices as you twist the top. I’m a big fan of the smokiness it adds to mexican dishes, soups and my creamy salad dressing.
Overall, I’ve always been very happy with the quality of their herbs, spices and seasonings. What are some of your favorites and where do you find them?