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Basic Spice Blend

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Making your own custom spice blends is a great way to add flavor to your meals. This basic spice blend is a great all-purpose mix.

Basic Spice Blend | Good Cheap Eats

You know how much I love making my own spice blends, right? It’s like a hobby of mine. I find that I can make my own seasoning mixes cheaper, tastier, and healthier than commercial blends. No thank you to excess sodium, preservatives, anti-caking agents, and who knows what else.

By mixing small batches I can ensure that my spices are fresh — and that I’m not stuck with a lot of seasoning mix to use up during a Pantry Challenge.

One of my favorite homemade seasoning mixes is this Basic Spice Blend. It really is basic —  only five ingredients — but it packs a punch.

I use this Basic Spice Blend in marinades, on roasts, in stew, and in skillet mixtures. It’s all-purpose, simple to make, and so delicious!

(If you followed last month’s Protein-Style Meal Plan, you know what I’m talking about. Let me know how else you’re using it!)

Basic Spice Blend | Good Cheap Eats

Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I keep a jar of this on hand at all times. I could not be without it. And it really takes just minutes to mix up. Don’t believe me?

Watch!

I’ll be sharing recipes to use up this Basic Spice Blend over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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Comments

  1. would this be a good blend for like greenbeans & other veggies? I am going to try it. also what is the difference between smoked paprika & plain paprika?

    • Smoked paprika has a little more BBQ taste to it. smoky. You can use regular sweet paprika if you like. And I would use it lightly on vegetables. It’s a pretty hardy blend.

  2. Cristi Paton says:

    Where / how do you store it?? I put the taco seasoning in the freezer. Can this go in the spice drawer?

  3. When I use up a store bought spice jar, I sterilize it in boiling water, let it air dry and then use it to store my home made spice blends. If your spices typically come in plastic bottles, another good storage option is a 2 oz glass canning jar. These are easy to clean, store, and label.

  4. Made and used this for the first time, this week. We loved it. I think this will be a great replacement for TJ’s South African Smoke seasoning, which is addicting, but only sold seasonally.

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