5 Homemade Seasoning Blends

5 Homemade Seasoning Blends

Custom blend herbs and spices to create seasonings your whole family will love.

Homemade Seasoning Tips

  • Store seasoning mixes in airtight containers, like reused spice bottles or small mason jars, in a cool, dark place with a stable temperature.
  • Avoid storing spices in the freezer, since condensation can decrease the flavor and shorten shelf life.
  • Label containers with the name and date.

Tip: Spices and herbs are different. Spices come from seeds, roots and flowers, while herbs are dried leaves. They also have different shelf lives. Properly stored, blends will last 12-18 months.


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Seasoning Recipes

1. Seasoned Salt
Use in place of table salt, as a meat rub, to season flour for fried chicken or in egg dishes.

5 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions: Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Tip: Use seasoned salt for delicious pork entrees.

2. Italian Seasoning
Use for meatballs and spaghetti sauce, or mix a spoonful with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to create a dipping sauce for freshly baked bread.

2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, crushing herbs with the back of spoon. Store in an airtight container.

3. Five-Star Chili Powder
Use to season ground beef, chicken, bean-based soup, chili or pulled pork recipes.

2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Store in an airtight container.

4. Lemon Pepper

Use as a savory flavoring for fish and poultry.

3 tablespoons lemon zest (from 3-4 lemons)
3 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 200 F
  2. Spread lemon zest in thin layer on cookie sheet, and dry in oven for 30-40 minutes. Lemon zest should be completely dry before storing to avoid spoilage
  3. Blend dried zest in mini food processor with salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container

5. Ranch Seasoning Mix
Use as a rub for chicken and beef or seasoning for fried chicken and fish.

3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Instructions: Combine ingredients well. Store in an airtight container.

Tip: Make ranch dressing by whisking 1-2 tablespoons seasoning with 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 cup milk. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Tip: Make ranch dip by mixing 2-3 tablespoons seasoning with 16 ounces of sour cream. Stir well, then refrigerate 1 hour or overnight to let flavors blend.

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