Make Your Own Seasoning Blends

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Have you ever tried to make your own seasoning blends? Fresh, and good quality, herbs and spices are essential to the outcome of any dish you prepare.  Unfortunately, if purchased at the store they can also be costly.  BAM has some tips to help you save money and still keep the vibrant flavors in your dishes.

Growing your own herbs is definitely a great option.  They don’t take up much space, are really low maintenance and so much fun to harvest.  It’s a great way to make your own seasoning blends. Get the kids involved and they’ll love it.  Being sent outside (or to the window seal) to harvest whatever was needed for a dish changed our “can’t deal with any green food” kiddo to one that asks for salads regularly.  True story!

Another great option is to buy already dried herbs and spices in bulk.  More and more stores are carrying them and many great options are available online.  For items you use a lot of (for us it’s parsley, dried onion, dried garlic, cinnamon, etc.), the savings really pays off even with paying for shipping.  And the quality is definitely better than most available locally.  When we place an order (maybe twice a year), we also buy things like bags of dried peppermint leaves to make our own hot tea mixes, but we’ll have to tell you all about that when hot tea season reappears in the fall.

Have a particular seasoning blend you use a lot?  Why not mix it yourself?  Here are some great recipes to get you started.  Just remember to seal in an airtight container and store in a cool place out of direct light.

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger

Italian Seasoning

1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon sage

Poultry Seasoning

2 TBS sage
1 TBS thyme
1 TBS marjoram
1 TBS savory
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of cloves

Chili Powder

1 tsp. paprika

2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix everything together and store in a glass jar!

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2 bay leaves (crumbled)
2 cinnamon sticks (broken)
2 small pieces dried gingerroot (chopped)
2 small dried red chilies (crushed) or 1-2 tsp hot pepper flakes.

Salt Free Seasoning Shake #1

1 TBS garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp savory
1 tsp mace
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Store in an herb shaker for easy use.

Salt Free Seasoning Shake #2

2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp lemon peel powder

Store in an herb shaker for easy use.

Salt Free Seasoning Shake #3

1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp mustard (dry)
1/2 tsp thyme (dried)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. You can keep a portion of this in a shaker and just shake over your dish as you would salt.

Try this on soups and meats too when cooking, works well for seasoning chicken.

Salad Seasoning Shake

Mix together and keep in a single shaker to season up your salads:

1/4 cup Parsley flakes
2 TBS Oregano
2 TBS Basil
2 TBS Marjoram
1 TBS Dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp Pepper

Makes approximately 3/4 cup. Use a shaker that has larger holes and preferably a cap to seal flavor. Store in a cool, dry spot.

Cajun  Seasoning

4 TBS Paprika
3 TBS Basil (dried)
2 TBS Thyme (dried)
2 TBS Onion Flakes (minced)
2 TBS Garlic Powder
1 TBS Fennel Seeds (crushed)
1 TBS Parsley Flakes
1 TBS Salt
1 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Pepper

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container or jar with tight fitting lid.

Cinnamon Sugar

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Wishing you flavor filled dishes,

The Build A Menu Team

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