When I told a friend of mine I wanted to start making my own homemade seasoning mixes at home, he looked at me like I was crazy!
Friend: “You know you can buy that stuff in the little packets, right?”
Me: “Yes, I know.”
Friend: “It’s probably even cheaper to buy the packets.”
Friend: “Then why make them yourself?”
Me: “I’m SO glad you asked!”
Why Make Your Own Seasoning Mixes?
When you buy seasoning mix packets in the grocery store, they control the amount of each ingredient that goes in. If you buy taco seasoning, for example, the amount of salt is determined by the maker, not the buyer. If you’re making your own homemade seasoning mixes, you can adjust the amounts of all the ingredients to make the taste perfect for you and your family.
Something else to consider, most of these premade seasoning mixes contain chemicals, additives, preservatives and fillers. In fact, if you look at the back of a seasoning packet, usually the first or second ingredient is maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is a food additive that, according to Wikipedia, can be enzymatically derived from any starch – in the US, this starch is usually corn. Corn… GMO… see where I’m going?
Now, while tacos might not be the healthiest dish in the world, add in extra chemicals and junk, and it’s even worse! Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), genetically modified organisms (GMO), artificial flavorings and colors… yep, you can keep that junk, thanks.
Making your own seasoning mixes will fix those problems!
Homemade Spice Mix Recipes
Once you make up the recipes, you can store them in Mason jars, airtight containers, or zipper bags. Be sure to label each container with what’s inside, too. You might not want to add taco seasoning to your spaghetti sauce.
Brown Thumb Mama makes her own taco seasoning:
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- Cayenne pepper to taste (start with 1/4 tsp)
This recipe is enough for one pound of ground beef or turkey, but Pam likes to make a big batch and store it, using 1/4 cup of seasoning mix for every pound of meat.
I found this Italian Seasoning at Weed ‘Em & Reap:
- 2 TBS. garlic powder
- 4 TBS. onion powder
- 2 1/2 TBS. dried oregano
- 4 TBS. dried parsley
- 2 1/2 TBS salt
- 1 TBS. pepper
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 tsp. celery flakes
Mix everything in a mini food processor or blender. DaNelle says you can use this on any kind of meat or in any type of sauce. For Italian Dressing, mix 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning mix with 1/4 C apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp water, and 1/2 C olive oil.
Over at the Untrained Housewife, they’ve got Ranch Dressing Mix.
- 16 saltine crackers
- ½ c. dried parsley
- 2 Tbl. onion powder
- 2 Tbl. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 tsp. salt
Mix everything in a mini food processor. Mix 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing Mix, ¾ C buttermilk and 1 C mayonnaise until smooth. Mix well and chill for 30 minutes before serving.