March 30, 2017

DIY SPICE MIXES


Making your own spice mixes is a lot easier than you think. By making your own you can really lessen your trash pile since you would be able to buy in bulk. Which allows you to control the chemicals you are consuming if you are buying from bulk stores. Bulk stores tend to support non-GMO and organic farmers. Now if you are growing your own spices and herbs, invest in a dehydrator (I am eyeing a solar one). This way you can truly control what you are putting into your body. Win win.

I've compiled a short list of commonly used spice & salt mixes.


POULTRY RUB 1
2 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Sage
3 tsp Garlic Salt (**look at the salt list to learn how to make it yourself)
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Thyme

POULTRY RUB 2
(1 TB Each)
Garlic
Onion
Thyme
Salt
Paprika
Chili
Black Pepper

CURRY
2 tbsp Cumin
2 tbsp Coriander
2 tbsp Turmeric
1 ½ tsp Cardamom
½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Salt

LEMON PEPPER
Zest from 2 Lemons
2-3 tbsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Salt

CHILI
2 tbsp Chili
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cocoa (unsweet)
½ tsp Garlic
¼ tsp Cayenne
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Smoked Paprika

TACO
2 tbsp Chili
2 tbsp Cumin
1 ½ tsp Onion
1 ½ tsp Garlic
½ tsp Cayenne
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
½ tsp Oregano
1 tsp Paprika

ALLSPICE
1 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Clove

PUMPKIN PIE & SWEET POTATO PIE
2 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ginger
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp All Spice
½ tsp Cloves

APPLE PIE
1 tbsp Cinnamon
dash Cardamom
1 tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Cloves

SALTS
When making seasoned salts, you need to bake them a little to make sure the salt absorbs the flavors well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your salt mixture. Bake at 200ยบ for 20-30 mins. You can use whatever salt you want, I choose to use a certain Kosher salt because it is the lowest in sodium
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SEASONED SALT
1 cup Salt + (1 tsp of each) Garlic + Paprika + Black Pepper

GARLIC SALT
1 cup Salt + 2-3 Garlic Cloves

CHILI LIME SALT
1 cup Salt + 3 tsp red pepper flakes + 2 tsp lime zest

SRIRACHA SALT
1 cup Salt + 3 tbsp Sriracha

ROSEMARY LEMON SALT
1 cup Salt + 3-4 tbsp Rosemary + 1 Lemon zest

SAFFRON-FENNEL SALT
1 cup Salt + 1 tsp Saffron threads + 2 tsp Fennel seeds

LAVENDER SALT (excellent on cantaloupe)
1 cup Salt + 3 tsp Lavender buds

TRUFFLE SALT (so good over eggs) (Do not bake this mix. Let sit over time)
1 cup Salt + 1 small Truffle finely chopped + 3 tsp Truffle Oil

There are plenty of other combos. Feel free to make your own mix. The point is, there is no point is paying so much for chemical filled ones.

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