Make your Own Spice and Seasoning Mixes

Contributor: Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts:

In my hope of helping my family eat better and more frugally,  I have been making some of my own spice mixes using fresh herbs when I can and also taking advantage of the great prices on bulk spices from places like Winco and Costco.  Even Fred Meyer, in their natural section,  has bulk spices that are so much cheaper than purchasing the prepackaged items. If you live near a  Cash & Carry restaurant supply store, they also have great prices on bulk spices.  Make sure to check out Frugal Chic Living – she has a great printable resource list on all the Winco bulk prices.

Some spices we use a lot at my house are taco seasoning mix, Greek seasoning mix (our favorite is Cavendars), Pumpkin Pie spice (I use this almost always when a recipe calls for cinnamon) and Italian mix for pesto, sauce, garlic bread and dips.

Tips:

  • I found cheaper shakers at the Dollar tree that I use to store the mixes in.
  • I like to mix all the spices in my (cleaned out of course) coffee grinder.  Using the grinder helps to make the spices a uniform size and mixes them together really well.

 Here are some of my favorite DIY mix recipes using bulk spices:

Greek Seasoning Mix

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Greek oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sugar

Combine in mixer, bowl or mini chopper.  Store in air tight container.  Use 1-2 teaspoons of mix as called for in recipes.

Mild Taco Seasoning

Yield: Equivalent of 4 packets of taco seasoning

  • 1/4 cup ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.

To use: Use approximately 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning in place of a packet of commercial taco seasoning. To prepare taco meat, add seasoning & 1 cup of water to one pound of browned meat and simmer over low heat until liquid is gone.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

(from Martha Stewart)

  • 2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg

Mix all of these together and store in air tight container.

Italian Seasoning Mix

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Mix all of these together and store in air tight container. We use this mix for pesto, various sauces, garlic bread and dips, as well as part of a yummy italian dressing for salads.

Italian Dressing Recipe for Pasta Salads or Green Salads:

  • 2 tablespoons of the above mixture
  • h ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  •  2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Mix all the ingredients together and use as a dressing for your favorite salads.

Savings:

It is really quite cost-effective to make your own spice mixes.  In some cases, the cost is about ½ of what it costs to get it pre-packaged!  For example, cinnamon alone at Winco is about $2.25 cents a pound.  It costs $3.60 for ½ a pound at Costco.  At Amazon  it is $10.52 cents for just over a pound of cinnamon!


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Comments

  1. Michelle says

    FYI, Grocery Outlet has great deals on larger containers (like costco) cinnamon and cumin as well as other various spices.

  2. Melissa P. says

    Thank you so much for posting this article! I really need to go check out the bulk bins. Great time to do it with Holiday baking coming up!