Making your own seasoning mixes ensures consistency in all your recipes, and most of the time homemade blends will last longer than store-bought varieties.
You won't always save money making your own spice blends (usually it will be a wash), but you'll taste the difference, and you'll have the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what went into your spice blend.
01 of 08
You can (and should) adjust the cayenne pepper to taste. Stir in half of the amount below, taste it and then add the rest a little at a time, tasting after each addition before adding more.
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
02 of 08
Use three tablespoons of this taco seasoning per pound of ground beef. The cayenne pepper is optional.
- 1/4 cup instant minced onion
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons crushed dried red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon instant minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
03 of 08
One of the most iconic flavor profiles ever, this seasoning blend has everything you love about an everything bagel—without the bagel. Sprinkle it on scrambled eggs, roast chicken, braised leeks, even a good slice of sourdough with butter.
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced onions
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds (toasted or plain)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt flakes (or coarse kosher salt)
04 of 08
No, it's not just for making pumpkin spice lattes, but yes, you can definitely use it for that—you know you're going to.
Other possibilities include using it to season roasted vegetables, swirl it into muffins or pancake batter, or, of course, for making pumpkin pie.
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- 2 tablespoons cinnamon (ground)
- 1 tablespoon ginger (ground)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg (ground)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon allspice (ground)
05 of 08
There are about a thousand ways you can make curry powder, using a thousand different ingredients. This one is a flavorful Thai version, which is quite mild. You can always add more heat. The ingredient that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow hue is turmeric.
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 3 bay leaves (remove lower stem)
- 3 tablespoons coriander (whole or ground)
- 2 tablespoons cumin seed (whole or ground)
- 2 teaspoons ginger (ground)
- 1 teaspoon white pepper (ground or whole white peppercorns if you can find them)
- 1 to 3 teaspoons chili flakes (or cayenne pepper depending on how spicy you want it)
- 1 clove (whole or a pinch of ground)
06 of 08
This is a classic dry rub that will work equally well on beef, pork or chicken:
- 1/3 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
07 of 08
This aromatic poultry seasoning can go on a whole chicken before roasting it, or on chicken pieces that are going to be roasted. Use it just like you'd use a dry rub.
08 of 08
Another all-purpose seasoning that will go with anything savory: hamburgers, chicken breasts, grilled vegetables, even soups and broths.