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.
I enjoyed making my own homemade spice mixes for a very long time. Since we've enjoyed it so much, I thought I would share the inspiration by pulling together this post of 35 Homemade Seasoning Blends–and how to use them.
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.
If you're interested in saving money, you might be interested in my other homemade recipes like Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Chocolate Chips, “JELLO®”, White Chocolate Chips, Coffee Substitute, and homemade seasonings are just simply one of the easiest things you can make yourself.
Homemade Spice Mixes for 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 gastro intestinal 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)
Don't have all the spices to make one of these homemade seasonings? You can most likely find an appropriate substitute here.
35 Homemade Spice Mixes and How to Use Them
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.
Use as an easy substitute for garlic in any dish, but it's also great paired with salt on almost any dish, or as a substitute for onion.
This is a great mild, kid-friendly curry that tastes amazing in this Pakistani Kima.
There are loads of uses in the post including a really special one–popcorn!
Great on so many kinds of foods and it's a main ingredient in this Vegetable Broth Mix.
Usage tips in the post.
Great in any recipe calling for broth, and in a pinch can be used as a sub for chicken or beef broth as well.
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).
This works great for pasta, pizza toppings, on eggs, etc.