Spices for spice jars!
As a nation, we tend to be a little cautious when it comes to adding spices to our meals. Whilst chicken tikka masala may have toppled roast beef and Yorkshire pudding from the top spot as the nation’s favourite dish, we still seem to be a little reserved about experimenting with herbs and spices to create fresh, authentic and inspiring dishes at home. In today’s blog post, we take a look at some of the key spices that every cook should be familiar with and should feature in every kitchen spice rack.
Which spice jars to choose
It might be tempting to pop along to the supermarket and simply grab a selection of spices from the shelves to set yourself up with a basic spice rack; however, you will get better value, and fresher and more authentic spices, if you buy in loose packs from an ethnic supermarket. Indian, Asian and Chinese supermarkets can all be found in most cities and really are a treat for the keen cook, with shelves stacked with the most amazing spices, sauces and other delights to help you rustle up some sensational meals.
To keep these spices fresh once you have bought them, it makes sense to invest in a batch of spice jars. We have a wide range of jars suitable for spices, including jars with a grinder in the lid. If you already have a space in your kitchen where you would like to store your jars, opt for standard jars; if not, we also have a magnetic spice rack set and a 20-piece spice jar set from Kilner. Don’t forget that you will also need spice jar labels to avoid any unfortunate spicy mix-ups.
Filling those spice jars
Whilst most kitchens are home to a jar of chilli powder and curry powder, a well-stocked spice rack will include cayenne pepper, turmeric, cumin, paprika, ground ginger, cardamom pods and allspice. Cinnamon sticks are great for curries, while chilli flakes are useful to add to stir fries and oriental dishes to add a little heat. Cloves, star anise, mustard seeds and sesame seeds are also very useful.
You also need a good stash of herbs, of course, and we will cover these in a future blog post. For now, find out where your nearest Indian or Chinese supermarket is and head off to stock up on all the spices you could possibly need, ready to get creative in the kitchen. An enjoyable and aromatic afternoon awaits as you fill your jars, write out your spice jar labels, and decide what you are going to cook first.