• Errr... did you mean "pantry"? Black pepper, turmeric & curry or chilli powder.
    • bostjan64
      Unintentionally funny typo... I hadn't guessed turmeric would make the top three, but I personally love its earthy qualities in light-to-moderate amounts.
    • Professor Yaffle
      I use it when I cook boiled rice, definitely adds something.
  • Chili powder, cumin and probably black pepper would be the bare necessities in my pantry. 1/24/23
  • Salt and pepper for sure. (For centuries, suppliers of both were among the wealthiest of the wealthy.) #3...tough call. I assume you're not counting vanilla as a spice...Probably saffron, given its value. I've never had it...but it's worth more than its weight in gold, so there must be something super-awesome about it.
    • bostjan64
      Why not vanilla? I keep some in my spice cabinet. Saffron is very expensive, but, to me, it really doesn't have a strong flavour like other spices. It's one that I never really understood from a culinary perspective, but, to each their own...
      I thought about it before I wrote that. I decided that vanilla is more of a FLAVORING than it is a SPICE. Not sure if that difference is valid, but that's how I think of it.
  • Oregano, cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Salt, crushed red pepper, & dried garlic.
  • I just learned onions, garlic and celery are not considered spices! Ground red pepper is a must for me. I was going to say onion and garlic, but those are considered food and not spice. And I don't need added salt, as plenty of that can be found in food already. So my other two would probably be basil and vanilla.
    • Majik-1
      I'm lucky!!! My Doc said that I had cut out too much salt, so he added some back. I don't go heavy with the salt shaker, but there are a few veggies that just aren't good without a little bit of salt. PLUS, if I eat too much pepper, my acid reflux gets wicked!!!
  • Garlic, ginger, cayenne.

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