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Old 12-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #51
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:13 AM   #52
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I tend to prefer fresh, so will exclude those since I don't use them dried. Given the number of spices and herbs I have, this is tough. I also switch in the warmer months and rarely use any jarred spices or herbs then, rather use what is in the herb garden. I will go with the ones I replace most often, in the order they are replaced.

My friend's homemade curry powder (contains all kinds of things--about 10-12 herbs and spices in all--it is so good, I go through about 5 or 6 250 ml jars/year--excellent on popcorn with a bit of melted coconut oil; love it on steamed green beans tossed with a bit of EVOO and with some diced fresh hot red pepper...)

Chilpolte chili powder
smoked hot paprika
celery seed
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:04 PM   #53
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I prefer fresh over jarred. There was a time, way back when, I had a huge custom-made spice rack/cabinet. The herbs/spices dried up, & some were rarely used. I now have exactly 6.

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Basil
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #54
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I tend to prefer fresh, so will exclude those since I don't use them dried. Given the number of spices and herbs I have, this is tough. I also switch in the warmer months and rarely use any jarred spices or herbs then, rather use what is in the herb garden. I will go with the ones I replace most often, in the order they are replaced.

My friend's homemade curry powder (contains all kinds of things--about 10-12 herbs and spices in all--it is so good, I go through about 5 or 6 250 ml jars/year--excellent on popcorn with a bit of melted coconut oil; love it on steamed green beans tossed with a bit of EVOO and with some diced fresh hot red pepper...)

Chilpolte chili powder
smoked hot paprika
celery seed
cardamon
Can't believe I forgot my beloved celery seed ! I eat it but my family doesn't. I even make a tea with celery seed and lemon
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:00 PM   #55
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Can't believe I forgot my beloved celery seed ! I eat it but my family doesn't. I even make a tea with celery seed and lemon
It was a toss up between dill seed and celery seed. I picked celery seed because I use more fresh dill than dill seed. And, I had a hard time leaving fennel seeds off the list, but I use more cardamon than fennel. I suspect that one's culinary background plays a role in these choices. Like TL, I am from a Scandinavian background, so cardamon had to be on the list (and probably why I use so much dill!), but the others definitely are from my travels and from exposure.
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It was a toss up between dill seed and celery seed. I picked celery seed because I use more fresh dill than dill seed. And, I had a hard time leaving fennel seeds off the list, but I use more cardamon than fennel. I suspect that one's culinary background plays a role in these choices. Like TL, I am from a Scandinavian background, so cardamon had to be on the list (and probably why I use so much dill!), but the others definitely are from my travels and from exposure.
I started using celery seed medicinally and fell in love with the taste. I love dill seed too but my family don't so I use it for my own food.
I grew up with Indian and Cape Malay foods so I use lots of spice.
Celery seed, dill, fennel seed, aniseed, nigella, mustard seed etc.
I also love the candy coated fennel seeds they serve at Indian restaurants after meals
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I started using celery seed medicinally and fell in love with the taste. I love dill seed too but my family don't so I use it for my own food.
I grew up with Indian and Cape Malay foods so I use lots of spice.
Celery seed, dill, fennel seed, aniseed, nigella, mustard seed etc.
I also love the candy coated fennel seeds they serve at Indian restaurants after meals
My mother always used a lot of celery seed and celery salt. I'm guessing that's why I grab the celery seed when I'm making pasta for salads, etc.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:27 PM   #58
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Fresh thyme/fresh rosemary/whole garlics/bay leaves/tarragon
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:48 PM   #59
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Thanks so far!

Yes, Craig, I'm going for dried spices... and yes, Kayelle - only those you tend to reach for the most :)

I really appreciate all of your input - hoping for a lot more answers!

according to the op, this thread is about dried spices. she is asking for the five dried herbs and spices that each of us uses most frequently. simple as that.
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Thyme
Fennel
Cumin
Nutmeg
Hot pepper flakes

I like lotsa other stuff too! Hard to narrow it down.
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