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4 Homemade spice mixes

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

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Why buy processed spice mixes when you can make your own for less money with higher quality ingredients? These four mixes will blow your mind at how simple they are to throw together.

homemade spice mixes

Tired of wasting your hard-earned money on expensive store-bought spice blends? More likely than not, you already own 90 percent of the spices you need to make your own blends. Don't give in to overpriced lower-quality spice mixes when you can make your own for half the cost and way more flavor.

First up we have homemade taco seasoning. Traditionally taco seasoning is sold in a small envelope and is packed full of fillers and preservatives. This fresh homemade blend is 100 percent flavor and has no added mystery ingredients.

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Homemade taco seasoning

Yields about 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano

Directions: 

  1. Add all spices to a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Ever feel the urge to give your meat a flavorful rub? This spicy, although not too spicy, rub is packed full of Cajun flavor. The key to this blend is making sure you use smoked paprika. If you just use regular paprika the dish will fall flat.
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Homemade Cajun seasoning

Yields about 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Add all spices to a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Have you ever bought bottled Italian seasoning and wondered why? If you look around your spice cabinet I'm willing to bet you already own everything that's in that overpriced bottle. Just mix together and start using right away.
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Homemade Italian seasoning

Yields about 1/3 cup

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and crush together. You can use the back of a spoon to crush the spices.
  2. Whisk together after crushing and add to an airtight container.
  3. Store for up to 6 months.
The key to a delicious steak is seasoning it correctly. This means lots of good salt and spices. This homemade steak seasoning will take any steak (or burger) to a whole new level. Sprinkle on, grill and enjoy!
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Homemade steak seasoning

Yields about 1/3 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butcher ground pepper (this is a coarse ground pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Directions: 

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of food processor. Give the mix a quick whiz in the machine to combine.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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