DIY Spice Blends & Homemade Seasonings

Here's how and why to mix your own spice blends and homemade seasonings, including recipes for my own favorite blends like Cajun Seasoning, Garam Masala and even Pumpkin Pie Spice. It's fast, it's easy, saving time and money.

DIY Spice Blends & Homemade Seasonings ♥ KitchenParade.com, made to order, mixed to taste.

Budget Friendly, Another Great Way to Save Money on Groceries. Mix and Match the Spices, Making Only What You Need With Spices You Already Have On Hand.

You've Got Spices, Use 'Em!

Grocery stores and specialty spice shops put premium prices on jars of mixed spices. Many of the blends, especially the savory spice blends, also include an inordinate amount of salt which means you're paying a super-premium for simple ordinary salt!

So when you need a spice blend, skip the grocery-store spice rack and stir together your own blends. It's fast, it's easy and here are four great reasons to do-it-yourself.


  • Make it to order, enough for one recipe or to fill a spice jar
  • Make it to taste, leaving out the spices you don't like, using more of your favorites
  • Make it without salt, allowing for seasoning to taste later
  • Make it with spices already on hand without a special search or grocery run







CAJUN SEASONING

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes 2 tablespoons
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.

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DIY HERB BLEND for HERB BREAD

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes a generous 4 tablespoons, enough for about two pounds of bread dough
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (whole or ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (whole or ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.

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GARAM MASALA

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes scant 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.

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HOMEMADE CURRY POWDER

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes about 10 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.



HOMEMADE PICKLING SPICE

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes about 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 2 tablespoons dill seed
  • 2 tablespoons allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flake
  • 10-12 crushed bay leaves

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.



PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes 4-1/2 teaspoons
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove, optional

Just stir together! Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.

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SPICED TUSCAN SALT

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time-to-table: 5 minutes
Makes about 4 tablespoons
  • 4 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seed
  • Small dash red pepper flakes
  • Small dash dried lemon peel
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar

In a mini food processor, grind all except the salt and sugar, then combine. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year or so.

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