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17 Homemade Spice Mixes {with Recipes & Why You Should Use Them!}

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in store bought spice mixes? YUCK! Here's a collection of 17 homemade spice mixes – without the junk!

By Erin Odom [1], Contributing Writer

Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? We’re running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better [2]. Our goal is to answer the questions [3] you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier!

Even before I started cooking from scratch [4], I started making my own homemade spice mixes.

At first, it was out of pure laziness. I don’t like to shop. Even before I had kids, I didn’t like to run out to the grocery store [5] for an item or two on my ingredient list if I could avoid it. And, hence, I started making things at home.

The very first spice mix for me to make on my own was taco seasoning [6]. I think back then I googled a recipe, and when I realized I had all the ingredients on hand, I was elated.

The next time I was at the store, I checked the ingredient list on the back of the taco seasoning mix I normally purchased. Surely the ingredients would be the same, right?

Wrong.

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The food labels [8] on the bulk of store-bought seasoning mixes are full of fillers, preservatives and other unwanted fake flavor enhancers. These ingredients include:

After learning that store-bought spice mixes aren’t always so wholesome, I committed to making my seasonings at home–for both convenience and health reasons.

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How to Make Your Own

Seriously, making your own spice mixes is probably the easiest kitchen task you will ever do.

Supplies Needed:

Method:

Simply combine all the individual spices together in a jar, shake the jar and–voila!–you have your spice mixes!

I have sometimes gotten in the rut of making just what I needed per meal at the time I am cooking. This is inconvenient and tags extra time onto dinner prep. I now mix up a whole canning jar at once, label the top with the ingredients needed to fill the jar as well as with the amounts needed in recipes I make frequently.

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But what if you don’t have all the single-ingredient herbs and spices?

No problem! Check out this handy list of herb and spice substitutions [23].

Homemade Spice Mixes

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: check out this full line-up of homemade spice mixes! I’ve also included some recipes that call for these mixes. Your family will thank you for never entering the spice mix aisle of the grocery store [5] again!

Allspice Alternative [24]

Use in:

Apple Pie Spice Mix [27]

Use in:

Cajun Seasoning [30]

Use in:

Chili Powder [33]

Use in:

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Image by Whole New Mom [37]

Cinnamon Sugar [37]

Use to:

Curry Powder [39]

Use in:

Dry Creamed Soup Spice Mix [42]

Use in any recipe that calls for a “cream-of” soup.

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Image by Stacy Makes Cents [42]

“Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend [44]

Use in:

Garlic Salt [47]

Use in:

Italian Seasoning [50]

Use in:

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Image by The Nourishing Home [44]

Lemon Pepper [53]

Use in:

Poultry Seasoning [56]

Use in:

Pumpkin Pie Spice [58]

Use in:

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Image by Day2Day Joys

Ranch Dip Mix [62]

Use in:

(Here’s [65]another good ranch dip mix recipe!)

Sausage Seasoning [66]

Use it in:

Taco Seasoning [6]

Use in:

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Image by Your Thriving Family [72]

Tumeric Newari Spice [72]

Use in:

Need more inspiration? I’m constantly adding to my spices/sauces/dips/dressing board [75] on Pinterest. You can follow me here [76].

Two other helpful resources for all things homemade, including many condiments, sauce and more are the recipe ebooks Easy. Homemade. [77] and also Restocking the Pantry [78].

Note: Even some single-ingredient spices contain hidden fillers! Be sure to carefully read the food labels [8] and call the manufacturer if necessary. Many health food stores and co-ops sell spices in bulk. The Bulk Herb Store [79] and Mountain Rose Herbs [80] are two online stores that sell quality herbs and spices.

Other posts in the series:

Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better [3]

First Steps to Real Food [81]

What Is Real Food? [82]

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More! [83]

Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater [84]

How to Read Food Labels [8]

The Grain Controversy: Should We Eat Them or Not? [85]

Second Steps Towards Eating Real Foods: Switching Your Food Sources [86]

Sweeteners: How They Affect You, Which Ones are Best, and How to Use Them [87]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Pantry Staples [88]

5 Strategies to Help Your Husband and Kids Transition to Real Food  [89]

7 Foods to Avoid [90]

Finding Real Food in the Grocery Store [5]

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart} [91]

First Steps to Eating for Fertility [92]

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen [93]

Raising Kids on Real Food [94]

5 Ways to Get More Fruits & Veggies into your Diet [95]

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Food [96]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Baked Goods [97]

Simple Roast Chicken (And Fabulous Side Dish Recipes!) [98]

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connected [99]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinners [100]

Do you make your own spice mixes? What are your favorite spice mixes to make?

 Top Image by jo-h [101]
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