Getting creative in the kitchen and trying new recipes can be fun, but not when you have to purchase 22 new ingredients before you can get started. If you like to cook an array of dishes, or would like to expand your repertoire, these quick tips will help prepare you for everything; from mom’s famous bolognese to that chicken curry you’ve been dying to try!
- Stock up
A well-stocked spice rack will save you both time and money at the grocer. Knowing you’re already armed with the basics means you’ll rarely have to visit the spices aisle, which also means you’ll rarely have to strain your eyes and repeat the alphabet in your head whilst you desperately scan the wall for Paprika.
If you’re setting up a new kitchen for the first time (or never set it up properly to begin with), treat yourself to this selection of essential herbs and spices:
- Bay Leaves
- Chili powder
- Curry Powder
- Store well
Spices should be kept in airtight jars or containers to extend their lifespan. Although they won’t go off, they will lose their intensity of flavor and aroma over time. If something has been sitting in your cupboard for 12 months, it’s probably time to replace it, or, cut it from the list altogether since you clearly don’t need it!
- Replenish, replenish, replenish
A well-stocked spice rack means nothing if you don’t remember to replenish! When nearing the end of a particular ingredient, leave the jar out on your kitchen bench and add it to the shopping list. A good system like this means you’ll be less likely to purchase items you’ve already got sitting in the cupboard at home, and you won’t be caught ‘without’ next time you’re cooking dinner for your friends!