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18 Super Easy DIY Seasoning Mixes To Spice Up Your Cooking

He who controls the spice controls the universe! ~ Baron Harkonnen ~ Dune

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To Cook it or Not to Cook it~That is the Question

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a recipe I wanted to make but didn’t have one or more of the seasonings it called for. If it was a recipe I really wanted to make, I went ahead and bought the missing seasoning. But more often than not, I chose not to go out and buy another bottle of seasoning, deciding not to bother with trying that recipe out. The problem with buying seasonings specific to certain recipes, for me, is I know I probably won’t have any other uses for them. I’m not an adventurous cook, I don’t even enjoy cooking all that much, so I tend to stick to easy and convenient meals. That tendency has left me with a pantry peppered with full bottles of seasonings that have only been used once.

Several months ago I started looking at the expiration dates on some of the seasoning bottles that have been around for a while. I found bottles with expiration dates from the ’90s. The ’90s!  I gave away a bunch of WildTree seasonings because I just never used them. I bought $60 worth of seasonings for a freezer food party I was invited to several years ago, I made the dinner recipes that came with the seasonings, but I never repeated the recipes, so $60 worth of seasonings sat in my pantry taking up space, making me feel guilty for spending that kind of money and not using them. Do you ever do this?

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Super Easy DIY Seasoning Mixes to Spice Up Your Kitchen

I found a recipe I wanted to make that called for Herbs de Provence. I have never even heard of Herbs de Provence. I looked for it in the grocery store but didn’t find it. So, when I got home I found it on Amazon, but I was reluctant to buy an entire bottle knowing my track record with specialty seasoning blends. I decided to Google it and see if I could make it myself and I found a recipe to do just that.

Making my own turned out to be an excellent alternative to buying an entire bottle. The recipe only made a small portion, maybe enough for three dishes. Perfect! The reduced guilt over wasting two tablespoons of seasonings if I never used it again, as opposed to an entire bottle was small enough that I didn’t sweat it. Plus, knowing that the internet is this awesome place of information where people have figured out how to make all of the seasoning blends you can buy in the store has made me a tiny bit more adventurous in my cooking. *tiny, but still…* :o)

Here are 18 super easy DIY seasoning mixes to spice up your cooking. So now you can get creative and be adventurous without wasting a bunch of money. Yay!


HOMEMADE HERBS de PROVENCE

3 tbsp oregano
3 tbsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp sage
3 tbsp savory
2 tbsp lavender flowers
1 tsp rosemary


HOMEMADE SEASONED SALT

8 Tbsp salt
½ Tbps onion powder
3 Tbsp pepper
½ Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp paprika


LAWRY’S COPYCAT SEASON SALT

2 tbsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch


HOMEMADE ITALIAN SEASONING

¼ cup dried basil
2 Tbsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp dried marjoram
2 Tbsp dried rosemary
2 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp dried coriander
1 tsp sugar


HOMEMADE POULTRY SEASONING

2 tsp sage
1 ½ tsp thyme
1 tsp marjoram
¾ tsp rosemary
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp black pepper


HOMEMADE CHINESE FIVE-SPICE POWDER

1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp fennel seed, toasted and ground
1 tsp ground star anise
1 tsp szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground


HOMEMADE FAJITA SEASONING

1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin


HOMEMADE GREEK SEASONING

1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp minced onion
1/4 tsp minced garlic


HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING

6 tsp chili powder
4 ½ tsp cumin
3 tsp onion powder
2 ½ tsp garlic powder
5 tsp paprika
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp oregano


HOMEMADE CAJUN SEASONING

2 ½ tsp paprika
1 ½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp oregano
¾ tsp thyme


HOMEMADE BARBECUE RUB

½ cup brown sugar
½ cup paprika
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder


HOMEMADE CHILI SEASONING

1/2 cup chili powder
¼ cup garlic powder
3 Tbsp onion powder
¼ cup oregano
2 Tbsp paprika
¼ cup cumin
1 Tbsp thyme
Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Cream Of Tartar Powder
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch


HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING MIX

½ cup dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp onion flakes
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper


HOMEMADE CURRY POWDER

3 tsp turmeric
2 tsp coriander
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
¾ tsp dried mustard
½ tsp cardamom
½ tsp cloves
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp ground black pepper


HOMEMADE CHILI POWDER

2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


HOMEMADE LEMON PEPPER

2 Tbsp lemon zest
3 Tbsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp salt


HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE MIX

1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves


HOMEMADE APPLE PIE SPICE MIX

2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
½ Tbsp allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger


I Made Them, Now Where do I Put Them?

If you are serious about making your own seasoning mixes you have several options for storing them:

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Just Because You Read This Post all the Way to the End (or at least scrolled through, lol), I Have a Gift For You!

I have a gift for you! Here is a set of spice jar labels with the seasoning mix recipes on the labels. All you need is some Avery Sticker Paper to print the labels onto and you are good to go for making your own seasoning mixes and storing them in stylish jars. They go perfectly with this set of spice jars from Amazon!

18 Super Easy DIY Seasoning Mixes to Spice up Your Cooking www.adailymiscellany.com

If you liked this post, you might enjoy my post on Pantry Essential to Take the Stress out of Mealtime, as well!

Pretend I folded this up and passed it to you under the desk,

Melissa (Spicin’-Up-Life) Shantel

Melissa Shantel www.adailymiscellany.com

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