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Making Your Own Spice Mixes

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

It's easy to make your own spice mixes at home!

It's easy to make your own spice mixes at home!

Homemade Is Better!

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, and 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!

Pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin pie spice

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 it 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.

Italian seasoning makes a great flavoring for any meat you're cooking.

Italian seasoning makes a great flavoring for any meat you're cooking.

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 it 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 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 focaccia bread are some of our favorite uses for this great seasoning mix.

Olive oil is REALLY good for you!

Olive oil is REALLY good for you!

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 it 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 and sundried tomato bread!

To make the garlic crunchies, you spread minced garlic out on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet, preheat your oven to a 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 your dipping sauce. And olive oil is REALLY good for you!

Anywhere that Ranch dressing sounds good, this mix would be fantastic.

Anywhere that Ranch dressing sounds good, this mix would be fantastic.

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 it 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 1/3 cup of mayo or plain yogurt and 1/3 cup of 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 of 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!

This mix can go in or on just about anything to enhance the flavor.

This mix can go in or on just about anything to enhance the flavor.

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 it in a cool place. 3 tablespoons equals 1 packet of the store-bought mix.

Uses

I think this seasoning 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.

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

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

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 it 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.

Fresh, tasty, and healthy spice mixes are a great addition to your pantry.

Fresh, tasty, and healthy spice mixes are a great addition to your pantry.

Final Thoughts

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 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.

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness