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The 5 Top Spices for Beginner Cooks

Whether you want to learn how to create gastronomic masterpieces or just make your basic meals more appealing, using the right mix of spices can transform even the simplest dishes. And, even if you’re a beginner, with these five top spices, you’ll be off to a good start.

1. Himalayan pink salt

Our Himalayan pink salt is a pink-hued variety of salt from an area near the Himalaya Mountains in South Asia. It’s a healthier option than regular table salt as it includes no unwanted additives. It can be used during the cooking process or served on the table with the meal and is a staple spice used in every dish.

2. Ground Black Pepper

Never forget your good old-fashioned ground black pepper that comes in a grinder, canister, or pouch. Ground black pepper has numerous health benefits; it may aid in the prevention of illness by increasing digestion and absorption of good chemicals as well as bringing out the best in a meal. Ground black pepper has an earthy flavor and sharp aroma when added to soups and stews, sprinkled over omelettes, or rubbed on meat to season it before cooking.

3. Ground Cinnamon

Ground cinnamon is a must-have for savory and sweet cooking. Not only is it delicious to sprinkle over your sweet potatoes or pudding, but it also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, can support your gut health, and reduces blood pressure. If you’re cooking a roast or stew, throw in a couple of our cinnamon sticks for a richer, complex flavor profile.

4. Ground Cumin

Ground cumin is a wonderful addition to Indian and Mexican recipes, many of which are simple enough for budding chefs to try. Cumin seeds are traditionally used as a flavor-enhancing spice base in curries. Ground cumin powder is added to your recipes while you cook, or you can sprinkle it over food at the end for additional flavor.

5. Garlic Powder

The advantage of using garlic in a powder form is its convenience (no chopping of garlic cloves needed!), and the fine powder makes it easier to distribute the garlic evenly throughout a dish. When making salad dressings, rubs, marinades, sauces, and stews, use garlic powder sparingly because too much will overpower the dish.

Browse Our Range

Browse our extensive range of fresh, high-quality Belle Donna Spices to gain inspiration for your next meal. These five options are a fantastic way to start your journey towards becoming a master chef, but there’s so much more to discover!

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