Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our large spice set test 2021. Here we present all the products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best spice set.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a spice set.




Summary

  • Spice sets are a reliable companion in the kitchen because they contain several carefully selected spices.
  • Spice sets are available as spice blends, where several spices are mixed together to form a new spice.
  • In addition, there are the individual spices which are offered as spice sets and contain many individual spices.

The Best Spice Set: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a spice set

In our guide, we summarise everything you need to know to find the right spice set.

What is a spice set for?

A spice set is a reliable all-rounder in the kitchen that ideally stores all your spices.

Spices are priced differently depending on weight, quality and subcategory. (Image source: pixabay.com / tama66)

There are spice sets available in different designs, for example, spice sets with many individual spices and spice blends in which different spices have been pre-prepared for use in a dish.

Spice sets make excellent gifts for family and friends and many suppliers offer pre-packed spice sets for sale.

What does a spice set cost?

The cost of spice sets can vary depending on the quantity of spices, quality, packaging and manufacturer. In addition, there are special spice sets with very noble and expensive spices that also have their price.

Size Price range
Small spice sets 3-15 euros
Medium spice sets 10-30 euros
Large spice sets 20-50 euros
Very large spice sets From 35 euros

Always take your personal preferences into account. If a spice set contains some of your favourite spices, but also many that you can do without, you should look further.

You should also be sceptical about very cheap offers for spice sets. Often, such offers hide spice sets of poor quality, in which the spices have been supplemented with flavour enhancers, preservatives and colourings.

What is the shelf life of a spice set?

Spices usually have a fairly long shelf life, but there are some differences. For example, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, peppercorns and cinnamon sticks will keep for about four years if stored well. Dried herbs, on the other hand, should be used within a year.

However, we recommend that you never buy too much of a spice at once. Over time, a spice loses intensity, colour and above all flavour.

Did you know that spices that are too old can still be used?

Spices such as thyme, oregano or rosemary are great for flavouring your embers when grilling!

Because the spices still have a small part of their flavour, too little to season food, but enough to refine your barbecue.

How you store your spices is also important. Light, air, moisture and heat are enemies to the shelf life of your spice kit, so it's important that your spices are aroma-proof, individually wrapped and not stored near the cooking area.

What are the alternatives to a spice kit?

You can of course make your own spice sets and create your own spice blends. The same applies to individual spice sets, of course, where you can bring together a coherent selection of spices.

Such homemade spice sets make great gifts for your loved ones. In addition, spice sets are ideal for creative packaging heads who can give free rein to their creativity.

Decision: What types of spice sets are there and which one is right for you?

Here in the decision section we present the two most common types of spice sets we have identified. These are:

  • the herb mixtures
  • the single spices or mono spices

Now we will go into their advantages and disadvantages. This will help you determine which type is best for you.

What is a mixed herb spice set and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A mixed herb spice set is a spice set in which one or more mixed herbs are put together.

The spices are selected appropriately and usually aim to represent either a cuisine (Italian herbs, herbs of Provence, Indian herb mix, etc.) or a herb mix for a specific dish (bolognese spices, tiki masala spice, etc.).

The spice sets with herb mixtures are useful for you if you have a precise idea of which spices you need, or if you simply want to surprise yourself with which spice mixtures you can refine your dishes.

Advantages
  • Herbs perfectly matched
  • Quick to use
  • Cheaper than single spices
Disadvantages
  • Bound to mixtures
  • Cheap suppliers often of poor quality
  • Fewer organic products

Pay attention to the ingredients of your spice set, because spice mixes in particular often contain flavour enhancers, colourings and flavourings or anti-caking agents.

What is a spice set with individual spices and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Spice sets with individual spices are available in different versions. On the one hand, there are spice sets with spice classics that belong in every kitchen, or spice sets with unusual or special spices that are not so common in today's cuisine, or perhaps are still unknown.

There are also spice sets with individual spices that follow certain themes or cuisines and offer a selection of the local spices of the respective cuisine. Spice sets with individual spices often cost a little more, as they usually offer more spices.

Advantages
  • Large selection
  • Favourites can be selected
  • High quality
Disadvantages
  • Somewhat more expensive
  • Individual spices have to be purchased
  • More organic products

Some suppliers of spice sets with individual spices also offer you the option of choosing your set yourself. This way, you can be sure that you have the spices you want in the set and that no unpleasant surprises await you.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate spice sets

With our buying criteria, you can compare spice sets with each other and set your priorities when choosing the right spice set.

In summary, these are:

  • Mixture
  • Packaging
  • Quality
  • Organic or conventional

Blend

There is a wide range of blends to choose from.

As described above, there are country-specific, dish-specific or spice blends in which one spice is the main focus, such as chilli spice blends.

You can now try national spices from all over the world on the internet or at your local spice shop.

Here you have the opportunity to go by taste and it is worth trying out new spice blends.

Good suppliers are always working on creating new exotic blends themselves, which should surprise you and set your palate ablaze.

Packaging

The packaging of your spice set is a factor that should not be underestimated and will determine the quality of your spices in the long run. As mentioned above, air, moisture, heat and light play an important role.

Therefore, you should make sure that your spices are packed in such a way that they are protected from these factors. Optimal packaging is produced from tin cans or darkened glass. If you are unhappy with the packaging of your spice set, you can replace it with spice closures from the shops.

Always make sure that your spices are airtight, light-proof, dry, cool and individually sealed. This ensures that your spices are optimally protected. Some spices can also be frozen to prolong their life.

In addition, some retailers offer to gift wrap your spice set. Spice sets are a great surprise for your loved ones and make them want to get into the kitchen.

Quality

The quality of your spices is crucial to the quality of your food. So don't be too stingy when it comes to choosing your spice set.

Particularly expensive spices are often "stretched" with fillers. (Image source: pixabay.com / babawawa)

With inexpensive spice sets, it is not unlikely that it is provided with additives to make it more durable or to intensify the taste.

Therefore, even before buying a spice kit, you should check the ingredients of the product to make sure that you are buying a pure natural product and that only the ingredients you want are added.

Organic or conventional

One way to ensure that the ingredients are exactly what you want is to buy organic spice kits.

These spice kits are usually more expensive, but the organic label guarantees that the spices are from organic, sustainable cultivation and that no additives or pesticides have been added.

However, spices from conventional cultivation can also be of high quality and should be considered. Due to the high production costs of organic products, many suppliers continue to rely on conventional cultivation and sometimes even manage to achieve higher quality standards.

Facts worth knowing about spice sets

Which spices are native to Germany?

For some spices that we use regularly in the kitchen, we don't need to make expensive purchases because they grow on our doorstep. We have listed a few, but there are many more.

In Germany, too, there are countless spices and herbs that you can collect. In addition to cooking, they are also used in natural medicine. (Image source: pixabay.com / hanslinde)

When picking herbs and spices, always leave at least half of the plant standing. This allows them to recover and give pleasure to the next person with their blossoms, stems, leaves or roots.

In our further reading below, we have added a link that offers an extended list of native herbs. With this you can become a spice connoisseur and start creating your own spice set.

  • Woodruff: Known from many drinks, where it may not be used because of its coumarin content - In normal quantities harmless and therefore usable for drinks.
  • Sweet Clover: The flowers and leaves can be used in jams and puddings, or as a sweet seasoning in meat dishes. It also contains coumarin, so do not overdose.
  • Wild garlic: Blooms from May to June. Excellent for drying, pickling in oil, but also delicious fresh. Caution is advised as it strongly resembles the lily of the valley, which is a protected plant. It can be recognised by the garlicky smell of its leaves.
  • Dog rose: Known for its fruits, the rose hips. The flowers can be used to make jellies or jams. The rose hips are suitable for sauces and soups when pitted and for teas when dried.
  • Wild mint: Best picked in August. Dried or fresh, it is an all-rounder that can be used everywhere in the kitchen.
  • Juniper: A bitter plant whose berries go very well with game dishes. They are protected and should be harvested with special care.

If you are on your way to start collecting spices yourself, get yourself a herb dictionary as a beginner, or use the link to make sure you don't mix up the herbs. Many spices and herbs resemble plants that are protected or poisonous.

Make your own spice mixtures

You can also make your own spice blends to give as gifts or to use in your own kitchen. You can make fine mixtures for dishes or coarse pastes that you can use as barbecue marinades.

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