Home Spice Mixes
The best part is that you can make most of these spice blends using ingredients already in your pantry. All you need are airtight jars and containers to store them, measuring spoons and a grinder or coffee mill to grind spices before mixing.
Plus, homemade spice mixes are quick to whip up and make unique and thoughtful DIY gifts. Just add a ribbon and label to a mason or spice jar!
There seems to be a new trendy spice mix every season (hello everything bagel seasoning) and buying these in little packets can really add up. Homemade blends are super easy to make and will save you money in the long run!
Spices that are in whole form last much longer than ground spices. So unless the recipe calls for specific ground spices, start with whole ones and grind them yourself to make your own spice mixes.
These homemade blends are perfect to have on hand in your pantry and they will also make wonderful gifts for the cooks in your life. Just be sure to label the jars with the name of the mix and the date you made it so you know how old it is. Plus, they look so cute in mason jars! If you are looking for a side hustle selling these, local farmers markets or holiday craft fairs would be great places to start.
Save the Environment
There’s nothing wrong with buying pre-made spice mixes, but it does feel wasteful to buy new ones every time a trendy flavor hits the shelves (hello everything bagel seasoning and pumpkin spice). Making your own is so easy and will save you money.
When you make your own homemade blends, you can customize them to suit your tastes and health needs. For example, if you are allergic to cloves, you can leave them out of your pumpkin spice mix or add more allspice instead. If you are trying to be low-sodium, you can use less salt and replace it with herbs like parsley or dill.
Most of these recipes can be made in large batches and stored in a jar or resealable bag to keep them fresh. Just store them away from light in a cool, dark place and they’ll last as long as store-bought spices do. Then you’ll always have a delicious, healthy option to whip up your next meal!
When you make your own spice blends, you can control the ingredients used. This way you can create a mix that is perfect for your cooking style and tastes. Additionally, you can make your own blends in a smaller quantity than store-bought varieties.
Making DIY spice blends is a great way to save money. You can use a spice grinder to crush whole spices, like peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cloves, into a fine powder before mixing them with other herbs and spices to create your own homemade spice blend.
Creating your own spice mixes also allows you to avoid additives, such as anti-caking agents and MSG. You can easily find recipes for spice rubs for chicken, vegetables, fish and more. To keep your spice blends fresh, store them in an airtight container like a shaker jar. If your spices start to clump, try adding a few dried beans in the jar to absorb moisture.
Save Your Tastebuds
There’s always a new trendy spice mix at the store (hello everything bagel seasoning!) and buying each one feels wasteful, especially considering you can usually make your own blends from individual spices in your cabinet. Making your own blends will also help you avoid additives like MSG and extra sugars and allows you to tailor flavors to your tastes.
You can use these healthy homemade spice blend recipes as spice rubs for chicken, pork, vegetables or fish. Most of these blends are gluten free and some are even vegan, paleo, and Whole30 friendly! Plus, these easy spice mixes are low in Blue Plan SmartPoints.
These DIY spice mixes are quick and easy to make at home and are a great way to save money on pre-mixed spices that often contain fillers like wheat, barley, rye or other grains. These spices will last a long time and can easily be stored in an airtight jar in your pantry.