It might be easier to buy a bottled spice blend from the market but you are usually sacrificing quality and flavor. By making your own, you can guarantee the spices will be fresh and vibrant. To grind you spices, I like to use a coffee grinder (have a separate one for your coffee) or you can do it the old fashioned way with a mortar and pestle. Here are 5 essential spice blends that you can make yourself and should have in your kitchen at all times.
A Middle Eastern spice blend that can be used on just about anything. Mix with olive oil and toss with veggies.
Herbes de Provence
A French blend of herbs and spices consisting of dried thyme, lavender, and fennel seed.
Five Spice Powder
Used frequently in Asian cooking, five spice powder will warm any dish with the flavors of cinnamon and cloves.
Garam masala is a bold spice blend that is used in Indian cooking. You will see it in dishes such as curry or chicken tikka masala.
A spicy Caribbean spice blend featuring allspice and cayenne pepper as the main players.