Coriander, nutmeg, basil, oregano.

Spices and herbs are incredibly important in the cooking world, and we want you to stop being afraid of using them. Seriously, guys, spices aren’t that scary. If you know how to use them.

Whoa, whoa.”If we know how to use them? That sounds a little intimidating, YMPC peeps!” Well, it might sound intimidating, but it isn’t! Spices are your friends. Your delicious, awesome friends.

Throughout this blog, you’ll find yourself getting more and more familiarized with spices and herbs, and soon enough you’ll be able to make combinations of your own. We will also teach you how to replace some of them if you’re allergic/can’t buy them/simply don’t like them.

These are the spices you’re going to need for most of the recipes on this blog:

  • Salt/sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Granulated (or regular) sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Chicken bouillon
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Garlic (fresh AND powder)
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Bay leaves
  • Curry + turmeric
  • Thyme

YMPC says:

  • If there’s a spice not included here that catches your eye when you’re grocery shopping (e.g. Himalayan pink salt), don’t hesitate to buy it! Ask us if we have a recipe for it or create your own.
  • We strongly suggest to stick to fresh spices and herbs, like fresh parsley and basil, but we know that sometimes it’s cheaper and more convenient to buy the dried version. And that’s okay!
  • Stay away from processed minced garlic. Yes, we mean that stuff that comes in a jar. Those preservatives are awful for you, and nothing beats the taste of fresh garlic.
  • Find deals! Most grocery stores have coupons online that you can add to your loyalty card or that you can print for extra savings.
  • Make sure you check your spice rack/cabinet/drawer for expiration dates often.




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