Making Homemade Spice Mixes is a great (and delicious) step to take towards having a healthier lifestyle. It's a simple thing to do, helps you avoid the additives in the store-bought packages, and it helps save money too.
To save you time in addition to money, I've rounded up 35 Homemade Seasoning Mixes that are sure to become faves in your home--quite a few of them are mine and believe me, they get rave reviews!
I've enjoyed making my own homemade spice mixes for a very long time and thought I would share the fun by pulling together this post of 35 Homemade Seasoning Blends--and how to use them.
Why Make Your Own Homemade Seasoning Blends
When you make your own food, rather than buying packaged, pre-made products, you save money. Plain and simple.
Having someone else make things for you costs more. Plus, since you are buying more things (the raw ingredients and the finished product), you are likely wasting more as food does spoil. Spices don't really spoil, but they do lose flavor.
Get Control Over Ingredients
My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, so it's been important for us to have control over what goes into our food. And now that our whole family is gluten-free (due to my thyroid disease and us just trying to be healthier), this has become a "family affair."
Besides food allergies, however, there are other ingredients in typical store-bought spice blends that you may not want to be consuming.
Silicon Dioxide - a free-flowing agent. Some think this could cause blood issues.
Maltodextrin - can lead to gastrointestinal problems
MSG - reportedly can lead to brain cell death
Natural Flavors - these can be just about anything -- including the "brain-cell-killing" MSG
Modified Food Starch - typically sourced from wheat (a gluten concern), or corn (a GMO concern)
How Substitute Spices When Making Your Own Spice Blends
Don't have all the spices you need to make one of these homemade seasonings? No problem!
You can most likely find an appropriate substitute here. If not, if it's a smaller part of the recipe try omitting it completely--it might not make that big of a difference.
35 Homemade Spice Mixes and How to Use Them
Following are some fantastic recipes for spice mixes that you're sure to love. You can of course use them as is, or tweak them to your liking.
For more thoughts on ways to tweak recipes or make your own blends from scratch, see this post on how to make your own spice mixes. It's sure to be a big help.
We love this in Chili Mac, on veggies, salads, and more.
We LOVE this on these Moroccan Carrots, but it is literally on our table all the time.
Great not only for pumpkin pie (of course), but perfect for pumpkin dishes, in coffee or tea, or on hot cereal.
This is a great mild, kid-friendly curry that tastes amazing in this Pakistani Kima and on so many other dishes.
There are loads of uses in the post including a really special one--Herbes de Provence Popcorn!
Great on so many kinds of foods and it's the main ingredient in this delicious and useful Vegetable Broth Mix.
Would be great on so many things!
Great in any recipe calling for broth, and in a pinch can be used as a sub for chicken or beef broth as well.
Perfect for apple pie, of course, but also would be great on oatmeal and other hot cereals, on pancakes, and more!
Great for many uses--sides, mains, and salads.
Use on sweet potatoes, of course :).
This is great to use on Lemon Parmesan Popcorn and roasted chicken.
Use for cinnamon toast, on hot cereal, as a pancake topping, etc.
Use it as a seasoning for your fajitas, tacos and burritos.
According to the blogger behind this,
"This seasoning is used in the traditional Chex Mix recipe and is also good sprinkled on chicken or other meat, added to vegetables, etc.
It can add an extra dash of flavor to casseroles and even to egg dishes in the morning. One of my favorites is to make 'smashed' potatoes in the oven with homemade Lawry’s seasoning salt on top!"
According to the blogger behind this spice,
"Think of garam masala as a finishing spice that is added almost at the end of the cooking. Usage of garam masala is not restricted to curries or biryanis, sprinkle it on your salads, add it to your marinades or use it as dry rubs for meat before grilling."
Use in any recipe that calls for allspice.
Of course, great on homemade bagels, but fantastic on avocado toast--and salads, pastas--whatever!
This would taste amazing on roasted chicken, roasted veggies, and popcorn (specifically this Lemon-Parm Popcorn).
Which of these homemade spice blends is YOUR favorite?
Do you make homemade seasonings?