There is nothing quite like homemade spice mixes. They help you save money, plus you can control the ingredients in case your family has allergies or sensitivities.
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If you are like me, you have started to make a delicious recipe, opened the cupboard where you keep your spices and the one you need isn’t there. Talk about frustrating! Who wants to stop what they are doing just to run to the store?
What I have found is sometimes I have the right spices on hand to actually make the spice I am in need of. So I wanted to share with you these 15 Homemade Spices recipes from me and other bloggers.
Why you should make spice mixes at home
A great reason you should make your own spice mixes at home is the fact that you can control your sodium intake! There are lots of spice mixes on the shelves that include added sodium that is not needed – we already get enough sodium in our diets so why add more?!
In addition to excess sodium, store-bought mixes can have preservatives and other ingredients (like MSG) that you may want to avoid.
On top of that, your homemade seasoning mix will taste fresh, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.
Where to buy spices in bulk?
Of course one great option for buying bulk spices is Amazon. Also, if you do an easy Google search of “bulk spices near me” you should find a list of stores near you that sell spices in bulk. I love this option because then I get to support a local business.
How long do spices stay fresh?
Over time, spices lose their flavor and potency, so it is a good idea to always label your spices. As a good rule of thumb, whole spices stay fresh for about 4 years, dried herbs stay fresh for about 1-3 years, and ground spices stay fresh about 2-3 years. Always, always make sure to label your spices with a “Best By Date.”
What you need to make seasoning mixes at home
There’s nothing fancy needed to make homemade seasoning mixes. You probably have all of these already:
- spices (obviously)
- mixing bowl for blending
- measuring spoons
- glass or plastic jars for storage afterward
- labels for storage
How to store homemade spice mixes
Always keep spices in a dark, cool place, preferably in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. This will ensure that you get the most shelf life out of them.
Easy Recipes using Spice Mixes
Make popcorn more exciting by drizzling it with butter and then tossing it in your favorite spice mix.
You can easily mix sour cream or Greek yogurt with a spice mix to make a delicious dip for vegetables or chips.
Another way I use homemade seasoning mixes is for flavorful vegetables or potatoes. Just clean and prep vegetables like carrots, green beans, broccoli or potato wedges. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with any of these savory seasoning mixes before roasting. So delicious!