How To Make Spices At Home

 

It is time to throw out all of the pre-packaged seasoning mixes and spice blends from your pantry. It will help you to clean up your diet and eat better. Making your spice blends at home is not that hard. If you make your seasoning mixes, it will help you to ensure consistency in all the recipes. Another benefit is that homemade seasonal blends last longer than market varieties. Prepare your homemade seasoning blends and add tasty flavors to your food. It will also save you money, help control your sodium intake, and avoid the additives that come with store-bought spices. Here are some healthy spice mixes which you can prepare at home to give flavor to different dishes.

Taco Seasoning Mix

This seasoning recipe goes with every kind of tacos. It can be of use to you with everyday tacos and other dishes like taco stuffed spaghetti squash, taco bowls, instant pot taco soup, and easy taco casseroles. 

Ingredients

¼ Cup Dried Minced Onion

2 Teaspoons Paprika 

2 Tablespoons Of Chili Powder 

1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika 

2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano Leaves 

1 Tablespoon Salt 

1 Teaspoon Crushed Dried Red Pepper Flakes 

1 Teaspoon Pepper 

1 Teaspoon Dried Marjoram Leaves 

1 Tablespoon Dried Minced Garlic 

3 Tablespoons Cornstarch

1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin 

Mix it all and store it in an airtight container. You have to store it in a dry and cool place to preserve it for six months. Enjoy using it in your favorite taco recipes. 

Thai Curry Powder Mix

 Curry powder is easy to make, and you can make it in about a thousand ways using different ingredients. Homemade curry powder tastes better than the powders bought from the store. Here is a recipe for making your curry powder, which is healthy and tasty. The Thai curry powder mix makes a yellow curry due to the signature ingredient that is turmeric. Most Thai curries use spice paste rather than curry powders, but you can also use curry powder instead of paste. It will help you save time and make cooking easy and quick. 

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons Coriander Seed Ground Or Whole 

2 Tablespoons Cumin Seed Ground Or Whole 

2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger 

1 To 3 Teaspoons Chili Flakes According To Your Preference 

1 Tablespoon Ground Turmeric

3 Bay Leaves 

1 Teaspoon White Pepper Ground Or Whole 

1 Whole Clove Or A Pinch Of Ground Clove 

If you are using ground spices, omit the bay leaf and stir all the ground spices together. Now toast it in a pan on medium heat. While adding curry powder to your dish, remember to add bay leaves. If you are using whole spices, gather all the ingredients and place them on a frying pan over medium heat. Stir it continuously and reduce the flame to toast the spices and give fragrance. After that, remove the spices into a bowl and let them cool. After cooling down, grind the toasted spices to get your curry powder. Now your curry powder is ready to season your dishes.

Seasoning Salt Blend

Seasoning salt is convenient which combines many flavors in one mixture. Though it is easy to buy seasoning salt from the market, it is so simple to make it at your home too. The main advantage of making the blend at home is that it will be less expensive and is versatile. You can add it like table salt or use it with other recipes. It adds flavor to the stew, bland soup, or skillet dishes. 

Ingredients

1/8 Teaspoon Dill Weed

1/4 Teaspoon Curry Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt Or Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Dry Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Marjoram

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme Leaves

1/2 Teaspoon Celery Salt

6 Tablespoons Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/4 Teaspoons Paprika 

Gather all the mentioned ingredients and put them in a small blender container or mini food processor or coffee or spice grinder. Now process it at a low speed till the mixture is finely blended. Now store the mixture in an airtight container in a cool and dry place. Remember that moisture and heat can ruin the spices. Now the mix is ready to enjoy with your favorite foods.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

You can easily make a homemade version of everything bagel seasoning blends. It is an excellent blend of onion and garlic, dried and minced, white and black sesame seeds, sea salt, and poppy seeds. You can use it to sprinkle over your prepared meals or in sandwich fillings and salads. You can add it over dips and avocado toasts to add flavor to the foòd and give color, texture, and crunch. 

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon Plain Or Toasted White Sesame Seeds

2 Tablespoons Of Poppy Seeds

1 ½ Teaspoons Coarse Kosher Salt

1 ½ Tablespoons Dried Minced Onions

1 ½ Tablespoons Black Sesame Seeds

1 ½ Tablespoons Dried Minced Garlic 

Gather the seeds, seasonings, and salt in a small container and mix them. Now transfer the blend to an airtight container and always store the prepared item in a cold and dark place. You can use this homemade seasoning to sprinkle over your homemade bagels.

Tips

For making spices, you will require certain things. First and foremost, the raw materials or ingredients that you will need to make blends. For this purpose, you can buy whole spices and grind them in a spice grinder or coffee grinder. To store the seasoning, you must store it properly and fresh otherwise, it will get ruined. For storing, you would require airtight jars or clean glass containers with lids. Glass jar is more preferred because the plastic jars quickly absorb the fragrance. While transferring the finely blended material into the container, you might spill spices all over the place. To avoid it, you will need a funnel to transfer the spices into the container properly. Once you transfer the spices, you will have to give them labels, mentioning their names and the date you made it. It will help you remember and notice whether the spice is useful to you or not because these homemade spices do not last for more than six months. So the labeling can remind you of whether it is time to make a fresh one or not.

Conclusion

Making homemade spices is not a challenging task. Mainly, homemade spices cost you less than store-bought spices. The additional benefit is that the ingredients are natural and free of additives. You can add ingredients according to your preference. For instance, if you are not a chili lover, you can reduce the amount of chili in the homemade curry powder. Thus you can also control the intake of some aspects like sodium, etc. By preparing blends at home, you are taking a step towards eating healthy. If properly preserved, these spices stay for longer and add great taste and flavor to your dishes.