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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! [1]

By Erin Odom [2], 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 [3]. Our goal is to answer the questions [4] you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier!

Even before I started cooking from scratch [5], 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 [6] 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 [7]. 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 [9] 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 [24].

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 [6] again!

Allspice Alternative [25]

Use in:

Apple Pie Spice Mix [28]

Use in:

Cajun Seasoning [31]

Use in:

Chili Powder [34]

Use in:

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Image by Whole New Mom [38]

Cinnamon Sugar [38]

Use to:

Curry Powder [40]

Use in:

Dry Creamed Soup Spice Mix [43]

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

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Image by Stacy Makes Cents [43]

“Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend [45]

Use in:

Garlic Salt [48]

Use in:

Italian Seasoning [51]

Use in:

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Image by The Nourishing Home [45]

Lemon Pepper [54]

Use in:

Poultry Seasoning [57]

Use in:

Pumpkin Pie Spice [59]

Use in:

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Image by Day2Day Joys

Ranch Dip Mix [63]

Use in:

(Here’s [66]another good ranch dip mix recipe!)

Sausage Seasoning [67]

Use it in:

Taco Seasoning [7]

Use in:

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Image by Your Thriving Family [73]

Tumeric Newari Spice [73]

Use in:

Need more inspiration? I’m constantly adding to my spices/sauces/dips/dressing board [76] on Pinterest. You can follow me here [77].

Two other helpful resources for all things homemade, including many condiments, sauce and more are the recipe ebooks Easy. Homemade. [78] and also Restocking the Pantry [79].

Note: Even some single-ingredient spices contain hidden fillers! Be sure to carefully read the food labels [9] and call the manufacturer if necessary. Many health food stores and co-ops sell spices in bulk. The Bulk Herb Store [80] and Mountain Rose Herbs [81] 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 [4]

First Steps to Real Food [82]

What Is Real Food? [83]

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More! [84]

Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater [85]

How to Read Food Labels [9]

The Grain Controversy: Should We Eat Them or Not? [86]

Second Steps Towards Eating Real Foods: Switching Your Food Sources [87]

Sweeteners: How They Affect You, Which Ones are Best, and How to Use Them [88]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Pantry Staples [89]

5 Strategies to Help Your Husband and Kids Transition to Real Food  [90]

7 Foods to Avoid [91]

Finding Real Food in the Grocery Store [6]

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart} [92]

First Steps to Eating for Fertility [93]

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen [94]

Raising Kids on Real Food [95]

5 Ways to Get More Fruits & Veggies into your Diet [96]

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Food [97]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Baked Goods [98]

Simple Roast Chicken (And Fabulous Side Dish Recipes!) [99]

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connected [100]

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinners [101]

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

 Top Image by jo-h [102]
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