Making Your Own Spice Mixes

Updated on July 20, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

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I have been making all of my own foods for a while now. I bake our family's bread, make chips and tortillas, make granola and granola bars, dried fruit, cookies, cheesecake, fruit leather, crackers, and even can and freeze a large number of items. I am big into knowing what kind of ingredients go into our food and providing my family with only the best foods.

It kills me knowing all of the extra ingredients that are included in our foods nowadays. By growing our own food, or buying better quality ingredients to make the food myself, I feel better about the foods all of my family members are eating. And this isn't limited to the big items. Traditional store bought spice mixes are also full of ingredients I wouldn't want to serve my family.

And it turns out that they are super easy to make myself, so why not?! Toss a little of this and a little of that into a jar and next time I need French Onion soup mix for hamburgers or Ranch Dressing mix for enchiladas, I've got it! Even better, I don't have to worry about running out, because I can always simply make some more on the spot.

Let me show you how you can make your own as well!

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place.

Uses

Homemade pumpkin pie spice is great for so many different recipes. Pumpkin pie is the number one I think, followed closely by pumpkin bread, pumpkin bundt cakes, or anything else with pumpkin as an ingredient. You can also jazz up just about any veggie or fall themed recipe with this great spice.

I like to use it in my pancakes and waffles, in popcorn, in my hot chocolate, in my whipped cream recipe, in pudding and yogurt, and even in my veggie pastas and soups in the fall. It makes every meal smell and taste like fall.

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Italian Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place.

Uses

This is a great spice for all Italian dishes that already call for oregano, basil, parsley, etc. I would substitute it in for all of your spices in spaghetti sauce, lasagna, meatballs, soups like minestrone and vegetable soup, chicken parmesan, pizza, and even on your croutons.

Italian seasoning would also make a great flavoring for any meat you're cooking like sausage, chicken, or even pork chops. Shrimp and fish, garlic bread sticks, and even foccacia bread are some of our favorite uses for this great seasoning mix.

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Olive Oil Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons basil
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons rosemary
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons oregano
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place.

Uses

I don't know if you've ever been to an Italian restaurant that serves you bread with garlic olive oil dipping sauce as an appetizer. I couldn't get enough of it with my first pregnancy. I would buy or make my own french bread and make my own garlic crunchies to go in it. And then I would dip away. This was especially yummy with rosemary, sundried tomato bread!

To make the garlic crunchies, you spread minced garlic out on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, preheat your oven to low broil and slide the tray into the oven. Watch it carefully and mix the minced garlic as it browns. However, it's perfectly okay if your garlic burns. It just adds to the crunchiness in your dipping sauce. Store them in the refrigerator in a sealed bag to keep them fresh.

When you're ready to serve your dipping sauce, pour a little of it onto a plate and sprinkle your garlic crunchies into it. They make an amazing addition to my your dipping sauce. And olive oil is REALLY good for you!

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Ranch Dressing Mix

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place. 3 tablespoons equals 1 packet of the store bought mix.

Uses

I think the most obvious use for this mix is to make Ranch dressing. In order to do so, just mix 1 tablespoon with a 1/3 cup mayo or plain yogurt and a 1/3 cup milk.

Ranch dip is another obvious one. To make this recipe, mix 1/4 cup of seasoning mix with 1 cup of sour cream. If you need it to be a little creamier, you can add a couple tablespoons of milk.

Don't let these recipes curb your creativity though. I use this mix in my spinach enchiladas to give them a kick, in my spinach dip, in my mashed potatoes, on my potato wedges, in popcorn, or even on chicken to make chicken fingers for my kids. Anywhere that Ranch dressing sounds good, this mix would be fantastic. Sprinkle it on your pizza, in your creamy soups, or use it as a flavoring on top of snacks. Yum!

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Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • 3 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place. 3 tablespoons equals 1 packet of the store bought mix.

Uses

This seasoning I think, is the most versatile of the bunch. Honestly we use more of this seasoning than any other, besides garlic powder and cinnamon, in our house. It can go in or on just about anything to give it that Mexican kick. Tacos, enchiladas, soups, burritos, nachos, dips, 7 layer dip, black bean soup, chicken enchilada soup, and more. The list is pretty endless with this seasoning.

I have to refill this jar almost once a month, so I like to make way more than needed every time I mix it up so I don't have to make it so often. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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French Onion Soup mix

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried onion flakes
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons parsley
  • 3 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
  • 3 teaspoons turmeric

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar, or other airtight container, and store in a cool place. 3 tablespoons equals 1 packet of the store bought mix.

Uses

This seasoning is great for anything you would use onions in, which is a lot of different recipes. I think I put onions into almost everything. This particular seasoning is best in hamburgers, French dip sandwiches and au Jus dipping sauce, vegetable herb dips, vegetable rice sides, and any variety of soups.

This is just a great all around seasoning to have in your cabinet.

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Sometimes it seems a little overwhelming to make everything myself. I have to watch sales, plan out meals, make sure I have washed jars for canning, enough loaves of bread, tortillas and chips for the week, etc. But in the end, I really enjoy doing it all and have a real peace of mind that I am spending our money in the best possible way and providing the best possible food for my family.

Making my own spice mixes really only takes a couple of minutes to update them all on the counter, one at a time, and for the satisfaction, and delicious ingredients, I get in return, it's totally worth it. If you're going to start anywhere in making your family's food, this is a really quick and easy, great place to begin.

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        Victoria Van Ness 

        3 months ago from Fountain, CO

        Yea! Enjoy!

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 months ago from Central Florida

        I just subscribed to your blog, Victoria. Your site looks great!

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        Venkatachari M 

        3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        It is a good habit to prepare one's own spice mixes for a healthy food. I am also preparing my own spice powders since a year back which I have shared in my one of those hubs.

        You need to grind all those ingredients to make the powder or paste to store and use them daily. Some powders require fried ingredients while others get ground raw.

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        Victoria Van Ness 

        3 months ago from Fountain, CO

        Yea! I'm so glad that you are enjoying these. Patricia and Shauna, you should search my blog at livehealthyathome for tons more!

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        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        Love this and am pinning it. I have on more than one occasion had to make my own spice when I was missing an ingredient. You have some here I have not made so am excited to see this. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 months ago from Central Florida

        I look forward to them, Victoria!

      • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Van Ness 

        4 months ago from Fountain, CO

        Yea! I'm so glad you both enjoyed this article. I'm trying to catch up on Hubpages with all of my new homemade and clean eating recipes.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 months ago from Central Florida

        Excellent article, Victoria! Another plus to making your own spice mixes is they're less likely to expire. You can make as little or as much as you need. Definitely bookmarking this page!

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        Faythe Payne 

        4 months ago from USA

        Thank you for sharing this article..I can't wait to get started...Making a list now to take with me to the market..first up the french onion soup ...I always buy the ready made box mix and use it in many recipes..Can't wait to get started

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