What's Up Wednesday- Spices for cooking

Hi there everyone! I am busily preparing for an upcoming show, so today I thought I'd share some spice mixes that you can make yourself, saving yourself a lot of money in the process. While I had some of these written in my cookbook from eons ago, and some are new to me, coming from a blog post by Mountain Rose Herbs.
You can purchase bulk spices from them and make a ton of mixes, or you can purchase smaller amounts and just mix enough for you and your family. Either way, you can do it cheaper than buying these from the grocery store!

Taco Seasoning
1/4 cup Chili Powder
1/4 cup Cumin Powder
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Onion powder
1 teaspoon Oregano leaf (or oregano leaf powder)
1 teaspoon Paprika with 1/4 cup Himalayan salt or sea salt (optional)
1 teaspoon ground Black Pepper

To make: Mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. It should be good for about 6 months, maybe more.  You can add this to your hamburger or chicken for great tacos! I use between 2 1/2 and 3 Tablespoons per pound  to pound and a half of meat. You can adjust as you like.

Cajun Seasoning
1/2 cup Paprika Powder
1/3 cup sea salts
1/4 cup Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper *if you like it hot hot hot, you can add more!
2 Tablespoons Oregano
1 Tablespoon Thyme

To Make: Mix it all together and store in an airtight container. Good for anything you want to spice up! From eggs, to meats, to casseroles.

Jerk Seasoning
1/4 cup Onion powder
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons Thyme
2 teaspoons ground Allspice
1 tablespoon Cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

Mix everything and store in an airtight container. This is a good rub for meat. Just pat it on and cook your meat, basting as you normally would. You can baste your meat with a honey, mustard, hoison and jerk spice mixture for a tasty delight, or try adding the mix to your favorite bbq sauce. Experiment away!

French Onion Soup Mix
1/2 cup dehydrated Onion flakes
2 tablespoons Onion powder
1 tablespoon Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground Pepper
1 tablespoon sea salt

One of my most favorite seasonings is onion soup mix, but I hate to buy it! You can add a pack of soup mix into some water, toss it into a crock pot, add meat, potatoes, carrots and cut onions, then cook all day. It makes a wonderful dinner, gravy included! Of course it is also good when mixed in a container of sour cream, for chip dip. But I use the mix to season a lot of meats and stews! If you want to use it for soup, you have to find the recipe on the packaged, because I have never used it for that, Sorry!

Chili Seasoning
1/4 cup Chili powder
1/8 cup Garlic powder
2 Tablespoons Onion powder
1/8 cup Oregano
1 Tablespoons Paprika
1/2 Tablespoon Thyme
1/4 to 1/2 Tablespoon red pepper, depending upon your taste

To Make: Mix everything together and store in an airtight container. Use about 1/4 cup of the mix in a batch of chili.

The next few came from the Mountain Rose Herbs post, so I haven't tried them yet. I am sure they are good though! If you make one, don't forget to come back and let us know what you think!

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix
1/4 cup dried Parsley leaf
1 Tablespoon Dill leaf
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Basil leaf (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

To Make: Mix all ingredients together in jar or food processor. To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup Homemade Mayonaise or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.

Herbs de Provence
1/2 cup Thyme leaf
1/4 cup Marjoram leaf
2 tablespoons of cut and sifted Rosemary leaf
2 tablespoons Savory
1 teaspoon of Lavender flowers (lightly ground-optional)
2 teaspoons dried Orange zest (optional)
1 teaspoon ground Fennel seed

To Make: If you are zesting the orange yourself, remove the zest of one organic orange and dry in an oven on lowest setting or a dehydrator until completely dry. Place in a food processor with the lavender flowers and lightly pulse. Remove and mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl until mixed (do not grind up the herbs!). Excellent in soups, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

5-Spice Seasoning
2 tablespoons Anise powder
1 tablespoon ground Black Pepper
1 tablespoon ground Fennel seed
1 tablespoon Cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon ground Cloves
1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt

To Make: Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Great for recipes like Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and other Asian themed cuisine.

Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 cup Cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ground Ginger
2 teaspoons Nutmeg powder
2 teaspoons Allspice powder
1/2 teaspoon Clove powder (optional)

To Make: Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Use as you would regular pumpkin pie spice. Great in pumpkin cheesecake,  pumpkin pie, spiced pumpkin lattes or coconut flour pumpkin muffins.

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