Try Something New Challenge – Homemade Seasonings
For a variety of reasons, many question what is in convenience food in the stores. It is convenient, and it is easy to buy those seasoning packets to just add to meats or casseroles. However, some may have food allergies or personal preferences to avoid certain foods or additives.
Perhaps you want seasoning without as much salt. Perhaps you just want more control over what you’re eating. Whatever the reason, consider making your own seasoning blends. Like it spicy? You decide!
Here are six easy recipes for seasonings. Don’t toss out those old shakers – refill them with your own blends! I’m also including a few extra for other goodies.
Ranch Dressing/Dip mix –
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon dried chives, garlic powder and lemon pepper
1/4 tablespoon dried oregano and dried tarragon
Combine all ingredients, store in airtight container. Mix 1 tablespoon mix with 1/2 cup each mayonnaise and buttermilk for dressing or 2 tablespoons with a cup each mayo and sour cream or yogurt for dip.
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 cup ground black pepper
1/3 cup dried lemon peel
3 tablespoons coriander seeds
1/4 cup each dried minced onion and dried thyme
Combine and store in airtight jars.
No Salt Seasoned Mix
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon each thyme leaves, onion powder, paprika, white pepper, dry mustard, dried lemon peel and ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
Combine thoroughly, store in tightly covered container. No salt makes this an alternative for those looking to reduce salt but wanting some flavor.
Cajun Season Mix
3 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon each paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon each white pepper, whole oregano
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons whole thyme
Combine thoroughly and store in airtight jar.
All Purpose Herb Blend
1 tablespoon each onion powder, dried oregano, parsley flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon tarragon and basil
Blend well, store in tightly covered ar. Serve with poultry, meats, roasts, salads, vegetables.
26 ounce salt
1 1/2 ounce black pepper
2 ounces garlic powder
2 ounces ground red pepper
1 ounce chili powder
1 ounce crushed red pepper
Combine thoroughly, store in airtight container.
Don’t overlook other goodies – herbed butter and more!
Hot Honey Mustard
3/4 cup cider vinegar and dry mustard
1/2 cup honey
Combine mustard and vinegar well in small bowl, cover and let stand overnight. Put it, the honey and eggs in a small saucpan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 7 minutes). Cool, store covered in the refrigerator for up to several weeks.
Onion Herb Butter
Melt 1/4 cup butter then stir a teaspoon each onion powder, basil and chervil and a half teaspoon of oregano. Remove and put in container to refrigerate. Tip – use real butter!
2 cups sugar
3 1/3 cups molasses
3 cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Combine all ingredients in saucepan, bring to boil and cook for about 2 minutes.Inexpensive to make. If you can’t get “the real stuff” (pure maple syrup) and want to avoid high fructose corn syrup, this is an option.
Food choices are awesome! If you’re looking at making changes, these things are easy to do and don’t take a great deal of time. Enjoy!