Monday, October 10, 2011

Seasoning Mixes, from scratch

Being relatively new to the world of food blogging as I am, I'm very excited to have found  blog carnivals.  Each day different bloggers post a theme and invite other bloggers to link up.  It's so much fun and it's a great way to  get the word out about your own blog, and it's a great way to get to know other bloggers and to find new recipes!

This week Make Your Own! Monday  asked "what are you making on your own and no longer purchasing at the store?"  And that got me thinking...seasoning mixes!!

I like to make my own seasoning mixes.  It's cheaper and I have complete control over what goes into them.  No added sugars, salt, or MSG or any other odd ingredients.

I have a delicious dry rub mix that I use on... well just about everything.  Seafood, beef, pork, chicken, roasted potatoes, stews and soups, hamburger patties, meatloaf name it...

All Purpose Dry Rub Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons chile powder
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
1/4 cup kosher salt

And I make a taco seasoning mix I use for taco meat and with re-fried beans when I'm making tostadas.

Taco Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1& 1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper

Oh, and to make things easier, because I'm all about easy, designate a plastic container for each mix and write the recipe on the lid.  That way you won't have to track down the ingredient list when you need to make more.

So, what are you making at home that you no longer buy from the store?  

This post is also linked to:
mangia mondays 31
Melt in Your Mouth Monday Blog Hop
Make a Food-"e"- Friend Monday
Real Food 101
Made By You Monday
Tuesdays At The Table
Frugal Tuesday Tip
Nap Time Creations
Fat Tuesday
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Recipes I Can't Wait To Try
Day 2 Day Joys
Works-for-Me Wednesday
Delightfully Inspiring Thursday
DIY Thrifty Thursday
It's a Keeper Thursday
Things I Love Thursday
Full Plate Thursday
Freaky Friday


  1. Great idea! I make my own taco seasoning mix, but I will have to try out the dry rub mix. Thanks for sharing!

  2. that's really really helpful! I love using spices and herbs in my cooking, but never really thought of pre-mixing them up to save me some time!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this. Hope to see you next week at the Frugal Tuesday Tip!

  4. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week! Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    If you have grain-free recipes please visit my Grain-Free Linky Carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge! It will be open until November 2.

  5. These both look awesome. I can't wait to try them. I love the fact that there is no added salt in the mix. I need the no salt type! I linked to you from Full Plate Thursday. Thanks!!

  6. What great recipes to have in my box, they look really good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    It's great to be able to make your own seasoning mixes.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  8. thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesday! can't wait to see what you'll bring this week.