Forget the store-bought seasoning mix full of preservatives and anti-caking additives, make your own Italian Seasoning Mix at home with spices from your cabinet!
The other day I was making my mom Kathy’s World Famous Garlic Knots and I started digging through my spice cabinet to find some Italian Seasoning. I use it quite a bit, so I had to look in my secondary spice cabinet/closet. You know the one I’m talking about. The one that houses the 55-gallon drums of spices that you get when you shop at Costco, along with your 50lb cheese wheel and the 120 roll case of toilet paper that you won’t need after you eat all the cheese.
Well, I thought I had some in my cabinet because I remember actually buying one, but couldn’t find it. I did find all 7 bottles of soy sauce that I had… So, what do you do when you don’t have a spice mix? Make your own.
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What is in Italian Seasoning?
I do have all the individual components of Traditional Italian Seasoning mix so I got to making it. Some recipes contain garlic powder, or salt and pepper, or red pepper flakes, but those have such a subjective taste that I tend to leave those out because not everyone would use or like them. Especially in the quantities that I would use them in. Plus, the recipe that I needed it for already contains an obscene amount of garlic. It really doesn’t need those extra grains of garlic powder.
Making a homemade spice mix like Italian Seasoning is easy and will save you money in the long run because most home cooks have all the individual ingredients in their spice closets anyway. The other spice mixes that I like to make are my Chai Spice, Greek Seasoning because I love all things Mediterranean and my All-Purpose Steakhouse Seasoning. I put it on just about everything so I make a really ginormous batch when I run out.
If you like making your own Italian Seasoning or other spice blends, these jars are the best for storage because they are reusable and air-tight. The marker I use to label them wipes right off too.
What can I substitute for Italian Seasoning?
What if I don’t have Italian Seasoning at home or all of the ingredients to make the spice blend? That’s no problem! Just mix equal parts of black pepper, dried basil, garlic powder, dried marjoram, onion powder, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, dried rosemary, and dried thyme.
If you don’t have one or more of these just use the others. Most people don’t have marjoram in their spice cabinet unless it came with the spice rack “kit” that everyone has. It’s ok to leave it out. Marjoram is a floral spice so feel free to add more oregano or basil depending on your palette.
Here is my go-to recipe for Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix. I love it with these Garlic Knots!
Make your own Italian Seasoning Mix and save money with ingredients that you probably already have in your spice cabinet!
1/2 tablespoon Rosemary
1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
2 tablespoons Oregano
1 tablespoon Basil
1 tablespoon Thyme
1/2 tablespoon Marjoram
Mix all together.
Store in an airtight container away from the light.
When ready to use, measure out the desired amount and crush a little in your hand.
This brings out the oils in the spices and enhances their flavors!
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