Whole Spice Old Bay Seasoning Mix

Bay leaves and black peppercorns
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 3 tablespoons (10 servings)

This is the recipe to use when you want to take the time to use whole spices. No matter when you buy ground spices, they are never as pungent or fragrant as fresh, simply because they have been sitting in the factory, in transit, and in the grocery store. For a recipe using ground spices, please see Old Bay Seasoning Mix.

What You'll Need

  • 4 bay leaves (whole)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 3 cloves (whole)
  • 1 allspice berry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (smoked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard (seed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (freshly grated)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1/8 teaspoon mace (ground)

How to Make It

1. Combine all ingredients in spice grinder. Grind until finely ground. Store tightly covered in dark cool place in airtight container. You can vary the spice amounts according to your taste. Take a sniff of this mixture when it's done and add more of any of the ingredients. You can also add cardamom and nutmeg to this blend if you'd like.