Why buy it if you can make it?

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Ok mom’s and cooks I know you can answer this how many times have you started gathering everything up for a recipe and realized…Oh smack I need X spice and I don’t have that or that over salt laden POS they call a seasoning packet? Well have I got news for you…why go back out to the store, wasting gas, and buying some salt laden packet that you know darn well that you can make at home…check it out.

Taco Seasoning
6 tsps. chili powder
5 tsps. paprika
4-1/2 tsps. cumin*
3 tsps. onion powder
2-1/2 tsps. garlic powder
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In storage container with tight-fitting lid, combine
all ingredients; mix well. Seal tightly. Store in
cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
21 teaspoons (about 1/2 cup)

TIPS
*Cumin, an herb, is ground from cumin seeds, and
there is no substitute for its flavor.
Seven teaspoons of mix equal a 1.25-oz. package of  purchased taco seasoning mix.

Old Bay Seasoning or close to it!
1 Tbs. Celery Seed
1 Tbs. Whole Black Peppercorns
6 Bay Leaves
1/2 tsp. Whole Cardamom
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seed
4 Whole Cloves
1 tsp. Sweet Hungarian Paprika
1/4 tsp. Mace

Grind dry spices well and seal in ziploc or vacuum seal bag (or jar). Measure all into a ziploc bag, seal & shake to combine. Pour into a spice jar or bottle. Makes a Lovely Gift.

 
Beef Stew Seasoning- and yes this one is awesome!
1 cup Instant Flour (Wondra)
2 teaspoons Oregano
1 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tbs Celery Seed
2 tablespoons + 1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp. rosemary
 
Measure all of the ingredients into a medium bowl, mixing very well. Pour into a jar, cover & add a label with directions for use.

To use: add 2-3 Tbs of seasoning per pound of meat used.

 
Chili Seasoning Mix
2 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. each cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. oregano

Makes about 1/3 cup.

Combine spices and seal in a ziploc bag or vacuum seal bag (or jar). Measure all into a ziploc bag, seal & shake to combine. Pour into a spice jar or bottle. Makes a Lovely Gift. For use 1-2 Tbsp. per pound of beef.

 
I have used the above seasonings for years and have never bought a store brand or brand name seasoning packet. I have all these spices and more in my kitchen so for me the total cost is 0$. I do tend to buy my spices in bulk when I run low and then make more. Most of these have a shelf life of 3-6 months. 
 
Remember that spices and seasoning mixes hate moist areas and love dark cool places to keep and not stick together. If you are wanting more recipes google herb and seasoning mix recipes and tons of websites come up. The great thing is that you can tailor these recipes to your liking.
If your needing more mix recipes to add to your arsenal of cooking or just want to make a nice gift for that foodie in your life check these sights out!
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