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13 DIY Spice Blends That Taste Better When Made at Home


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One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to up your game in the home kitchen is to make your own spice blends. The spices you can buy at the store are good, but it's usually a lot more expensive than making it yourself. You can make perfectly good spice blends using the spices you have in the pantry, or you can buy whole spices in bulk, like cumin or cardamom, for example, and grind them yourself in a coffee or spice grinder as needed.

Herbs can also be purchased or grown fresh and dried at home. Tying a bunch of rosemary or oregano with twine and hanging them in a warm spot, like over your stove or in front of a window, will do the trick. Plus, since you're going to use them, you score home décor points without being phony.

Check out these 13 DIY seasoning blends to try right at home.

1. Cajun Seasoning

Substitute Tony Chachere for your own Cajun spice blend. Use it for chicken, gumbo, rice, crawfish boils, pork chops - anything that could use a little kick.

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2. Greek Spice Blend

Greek spices pair naturally with foods found in Greek cuisine--yogurt, lamb, hummus--but this versatile homemade spice blend works well on veggies, chicken and beef, too.

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3. Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Use in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or make your own pumpkin spice lattes at home. This warming spice blend is made with classic spices like cinnamon, ginger, allspice, ground cloves, mace, and nutmeg. The best part? When you make it yourself, it's always in season.

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4. Taco Seasoning

You won't be going back to Taco Bell any time soon after you've made tacos and fajitas with this seasoning mix. Made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt, and black pepper, you'll forget all about store-bought taco seasoning.

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5. Lemon Pepper

One of the most popular spice blends for chicken and fish. It's a go-to for fresh, bright flavors from some of the ingredients like lemon zest and celery seeds.

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6. Old Bay Seasoning

The "secret" ingredient to so many recipes and arguably the key ingredient in seafood boils, but when you make Old Bay yourself, you unlock the mystery.

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7. Italian Seasoning

Use up the dried herbs you have in your pantry or dry them yourself for this Italian spice blend. It's a good all-purpose seasoning to have on hand and especially delicious in tomato pasta sauces.

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8. Taco and Chili Seasoning

This easy, savory seasoning is perfect for adding a spicy kick to any of your favorite recipes.

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9. Garam Masala

With flavors like coriander, anise, cardamom, and cinnamon use this seasoning blend to add a lot of spice and complexity to Indian-inspired dishes, like vegetable curry.

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10. Buffalo Spice Mix

Make this spicy dry rub with some ingredients like cayenne pepper, peppercorns, chili powder and add it to everything. Dips, chilis, soups, veggies, put it on chicken, put it on popcorn, heck, put it on fruit-- go crazy with it.

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11. Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

One of the easiest ways to up the flavors of your steaks and save money on ingredients.

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12. Apple Pie Spice Mix

Most likely how your great-grandmother spiced her apple pies before supermarkets sold "Apple Pie Spice."

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13. Ranch Dressing Mix

Put it on everything. Put in in your cereal. Need...more...ranch...But seriously, it is really good in sour cream dips and chicken casseroles.

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This post was originally published on February 17, 2018. 

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