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40 of the best spice mixes and seasoning blends

If you are looking for ways to spice up your boring chicken and pork, or just want to add a new flavor profile to your seafood and vegetables, try these HOMEMADE spice blends and seasoning mixes!

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If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the best spice mixes and delicious seasoning blends – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

The most common herbs and spices used in everyday cooking include basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme and dill.

Additionally, other spices like garlic, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, saffron, and cumin are added for interesting combinations.

Check out all these homemade seasoning blends you can make with spices and herbs that you already have in your pantry.

Stop shopping for pre-made spice blends, make your own, and save money in the process. Most store-bought blends contain anti-caking agents, MSG, and too much salt!

Control the level of salt and heat by make your own blends.

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Is salt a spice?

Salt isn’t a spice or an herb, it is a mineral. Salt doesn’t add it’s own flavor to a dish, it just enhances the flavor of the dish that it’s added to.

What are the basic types of seasoning ingredients?

Aside from basic salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and nutmeg add these spices and herbs to your pantry and start experimenting with flavor!

How do you keep homemade spice blends from clumping?

Just like adding a few grains of rice to your salt shaker, try adding a few dried beans to your spice mixes. The dried beans will keep the moisture away from your spice mix and keep it from clumping.

Why do my spices get hard?

When spices are exposed to light, they begin to break down. Dry spices absorb moisture in the air and when ground spices absorb moisture, they often clump and become hard. Be sure to store them in an airtight container.

Should you refrigerate spices?

Spices should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool area in your kitchen. Choose a cabinet or pantry that can be closed if possible.

Is it better to store spices in plastic or glass?

Glass or metal are great choices for spice storage but the best would be food grade plastic or silicone bags where you can press out any extra air before sealing. I love these jars for storing my spice mixes!

Should I throw out old spices?

Spices don’t actually go bad or spoil, but they do lose potency. They can actually add bitter or slightly “off” flavors if used past their shelf life. Here is a quick guide to shelf time.

  • Ground Spices – keep no longer than 3 years
  • Whole Spices – throw out after 4 years
  • Leafy Herbs (dried) –  throw out after 1 to 2 years

I try and go through my spice cabinet at the start of the new year and check all the expiration dates. Because I buy most of mine in bulk and have them stored in plastic bags, I make sure I write the date on the bag when I purchase them so I don’t forget.

Is seasoning salt the same thing as table salt?

No. Table salt is just fine grains of salt. Seasoning or seasoned salt is a mixture of salt, spices, and other additives.

The Very Best Spice Mixes

Are you sick and tired of bland tasting food? Need a good seasoning for chicken and don't know what to add to them? Are you starting a healthier eating plan and need some ways to add flavor without all the calories? These spice mixes are just what you are looking for!

How can I season food better?

Get adventurous! In addition to the usual salt and pepper, try making some homemade spice blends and discover some new flavor profiles.

Regional Spice Mixes

Take a trip around the world while staying in the kitchen with these seasoning mixes from other regions. Explore the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East!

What can I use instead of all purpose seasoning?

Any of these multi-purpose seasoning mixes are perfect for all cuts of meat, seafood, and veggies!

Spicy Seasoning Mixes

Looking for ways spice up your meals? These spice blends will bring the heat not just to your kitchen but to your plate as well! Try them on crackers, dips, and popcorns!

Baking Spices

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Amy Nash

Saturday 28th of December 2019

I LOVE this collection! I have already made a bunch of these to give away as neighbor gifts and everybody was so happy to have something that wasn't sweet for a change!

Erin Parker

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

OK, this is seriously GENIUS to have all of these spice mixes and blends in one place. So helpful! I've made your taco seasoning and shawarma mix again and again... and I can't wait to make more!

Nikki

Monday 23rd of December 2019

We love making homemade mixes! This is so informative and an amazing list to choose from! Thank you!

MICHAELA KENKEL

Monday 23rd of December 2019

I have never made a seasoning recipe from your blog that I didn't LOVE --and now they are all in one spot!! THANK YOU!!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Wow, I didn't realize how many of your spice blends we use! Thank you for such amazing recipes!