How to Make Your Own Spices to Save Money

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Making your own spices at home is the perfect way to make all your recipes
 taste delicious and save money!  

Make your own spices at home to save money!

Have you seen the price of some of the homemade spice blend recipes lately? 

I have!  And yet, I keep purchasing them!  How crazy is that?
I did a little research and discovered it's very easy to make your own spices at home for a lot less money than what you're currently paying in the grocery store.
  The popular spice blend recipes that we all purchase to help us season steak, 
poultry and vegetables are easy to make at home! 

This week's Thursday's Tip is about how to make your own spices to help you save 
a little bit of money AND customize the spices to your taste! 

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Spice Blend Recipes

When you make your own spices at home there's always room for a little creativity.  You can also customize the spices to your taste.  If you don't like the taste of a particular spice, just leave it out when creating your own blend.  I don't care for the taste of oregano, so I usually leave it out of my own spice blend recipes.  I know, an Italian who doesn't like oregano!


When you make your own spices at home, they're always fresh.  Sometimes the spices we purchase at the grocery store have been sitting on the shelf for awhile.  Once you make your own spice blend, make sure you label the container clearly with the date.  You can even store the homemade spices in a small airtight container and freeze to assure freshness.  

Save Money

There's no question about it, those little spice blend jars at the grocery store are expensive.  Making your own spice blend at home will help you save money.

Homemade Spice Mixes for Gifts

These homemade spice mixes make GREAT gifts!  Put together your favorite spice mix and add it to a mason jar, print out a label or hand write a label with the spice mix name and directions for use. Then add some raffia or ribbon and you have the perfect gift! 

These 4 ounce size mason jars are the perfect size for homemade spice blends. 

I love these chalkboard mason jar lids!  These would look so cute on your homemade spice blends to give as gifts to your family and friends.  

Here are a few homemade spices for you to make...

Homemade Seasoning for Chicken

  • 1/2 TBS. salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp savory

Combine ingredients and store in an air-tight container.  Use 
to season chicken before cooking or grilling.  

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1 TBS. dried dill weed
  • 1 TBS. dried parsley
  • 1 TBS. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar

Combine ingredients and store in an air-tight container.  Then add one tablespoon of the dry mix to 1 cup sour cream and enough buttermilk to get the dressing to the consistency you like.  Mix and serve immediately over tossed salad.  

Homemade Season Salt

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Combine ingredients and store in an air-tight container.  Use 
to season chicken, steak or vegetables before grilling.

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon crush red pepper.  
Combine ingredients and store in an air-tight container.  

Add one to two tablespoons and 1/4 cup water to browned ground beef.

If you like these homemade spice blends, check out my post from last fall
 on a few more spice blends you can make for all your Fall Baking...

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