To me, the ultimate spice is a pantry staple. I don’t have a lot of room in my cabinets. Many products come and go as I try new things, get excited about a certain dish for a season, but the infatuation fades and I don’t restock them.
A few spices have permanent places in my cabinet. These are the fabled pantry staples! The best compliment that I can give to a spice is that if I run out of it, I go pick up more as soon as I can. Pantry staples are the workhorses of the kitchen. If a spice has achieved pantry staple status, I’ll add it to this list.