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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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.
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!
Flavored with allspice, cinnamon, and spicy pepper, Jerk Seasoning is perfect for a multitude of dishes. Make your own spicy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning at home and use it to spice up your wings and chicken dishes!
If you love warm and comforting flavors, then you need to dive into Moroccan cuisine and give the Moroccan spice mix, Ras el Hanout a try. This blend of spices is robust in flavor, but not too spicy. It is wonderful to use with meat and veggies alike!
I love the smell of shawarma meats sizzling and drool when they shave it off the spit and serve it up in a pita. Want to make your own tasty meat at home? Try this homemade shawarma seasoning mix to get you started. Vertical meat stacks not included!
Basic Pork Seasoning is a simple dry rub you can use for simple rubs on any pork or chicken recipe. Especially ideal for pork ribs, pork roasts and country style pork ribs. Made from simple pantry ingredients for whipping up at the last minute.
Use this healthy Season Anything Spice Mix for all your grilling, cooking meats, and roasting veggies. It’s a paleo, real food, keto, MSG-free seasoning blend that’s awesome on chicken, pork, fish, steak, veggies, and more!
This simple Cajun Seasoning recipe is a full flavor spice mix made from the herbs and spices you have on hand. The creole/cajun mix works great on vegetables, meats and in sauces for easy flavor additions.
This simple delicious and aromatic apple pie spice is the perfect complement to any apple dessert. An essential for fall baking. Think pies, tarts, cookies, and you can make with it!
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