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Old 07-06-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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The 3 spices in my cabinet I use the least are ginger black pepper(hubby can't have black pepper) and cloves. I use cloves maybe during Christmas time for baking and ginger once in awhile in a stir fry. The ones I use the most are kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, poultry seasoning, dill, thyme and sage.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:40 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Just curious. e.g. anyone has used only salt for cooking for many years? or not even salt? or maybe just salt and pepper?

How nice it would be to be able to make tasty meals with minimum flavoring ingredients. I just threw away many bottles of spices that were bought 2-3 years ago but hardly used because it's unlikely I'll ever use them. Mind you, they were not cheap.
I avoided salt for years... until I learned that my poor digestion and some skin problems were due to sodium deficiency and that the body uses on average 500 mg of sodium daily. So, I now make sure I get at least 500 mg of sodium daily.

There's sodium in natural foods, but not much.

I watch my salt intake because excess sodium has detriments, but I often add measured amounts of sea salt to my food to make sure I get at least 500 mg of sodium daily.

I usually only use sea salt, black pepper, turmeric, onions & garlic for spices in my cooking.

Without spices, some foods are less appetizing and can cause a low appetite which is good for people who want to lose weight and keep a low weight. I think the excessive use of flavor enhancements in processed foods these days--especially sugars & salt--is one of the major causes of many people overeating these days.
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