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
We do use my homemade taco seasoning the most often, since we do Taco Tuesday every single week. Most of these 20 Taco Tuesday Recipes use it!
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!
Homemade Spice Mixes and Seasonings
Save money and eat healthier when you make your own homemade spice mixes and seasonings.
Making a homemade Italian seasoning recipe is easier than you think! This delicious recipe with Italian seasoning spices is very versatile!
My recipe for fajita seasoning mix is simple to make from scratch. It's great for controlling ingredients in your diet, avoiding preservatives, and you can control the sugar and spice level!
If you love ranch, you have to try this homemade ranch seasoning mix. It's a great homemade ranch recipe that you can use for so many recipes!
Making homemade chili seasoning is easy and quick. I'll share what spices are in chili and why I love making my own spice blends.
This easy recipe for lemon pepper seasoning can be made in just a few minutes and it's cheaper than buying store bought mixes.
Make your own Everything Bagel Seasoning and use it to season dips, pretzels, popcorn and more!
You can make homemade dry onion soup mix to save money, avoid preservatives, and always have your favorites on hand! Try out this onion soup mix substitute today!
You won't believe how easy it is to make up a batch of this Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe. Then you'll have it on hand for lots of easy family meals, especially on Taco Tuesday!
Homemade Seasoned Salt
Enjoy seasoned salt by skipping the store bought and making it at home! I love that you get to control the ingredients that you put in it.
Make Your Own Cajun Spice Mix
If you make your own Cajun spice mix you can use it to add a little Cajun flavor to everyday meals like chicken, burgers, etc. or use it for traditional Louisiana favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice or jambalaya.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
This pumpkin pie spice recipe is so quick and easy. You probably have all of the ingredients for this homemade spice blend in your pantry.
How to Make Greek Seasoning
This Homemade Greek Seasoning recipe is one of my favorite seasonings to use on any meat and vegetables to give them incredible flavor.
Best Ever Rosemary Garlic Rub
One of my favorite things is to combine different herbs and spices to create my own mixes. This one that I am about to share is absolutely the BEST EVER rosemary garlic rub.
Make Your Own Seasoning Salt - Lawry's Copycat Recipe
Make your very own Lawry's seasoning salt right at home! You get to control the ingredients you put in it, so it's a great option for you if you want to use a salt substitute.
How To Make The KFC Secret Chicken Rub
Instead of going to your nearest KFC restaurant, enjoy that delicious blend of herbs and spices right at home with this DIY KFC Secret Chicken Rub!
Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix
This homemade gingerbread spice mix is the perfect addition to your holiday baking and drink needs!