Storing Homemade Seasoning Blends
In the culinary world, spices are the magic touch. They can transform a bland dish into a flavor-packed sensation. With the rising trend of DIY and the appeal of cost savings, many are venturing into making their own seasoning blends and buying spices in bulk. But with this comes the challenge of storage. How do you keep those vibrant flavors intact? Let's explore.
When you've taken the time to craft your own unique seasoning blend, you want to ensure it remains as potent and flavorful as the day you mixed it.
- Airtight Containers: Exposure to air can degrade the quality of your spices. Invest in good quality airtight containers. Glass jars with tight-sealing lids are a popular choice.
- Dark & Cool Places: Spices and seasonings are sensitive to light and heat. Store them in a cool, dark place, like a pantry or a dedicated spice drawer.
- Labeling: With multiple blends, it's easy to get confused. Always label your containers with the name of the blend and the date it was made.
Buying and Storing Bulk Spices
Purchasing spices in bulk can be a significant cost-saver, especially if you use them frequently.
- Check Freshness: When buying in bulk, ensure the spices are fresh. Look for vibrant colors and a strong aroma.
- Divide & Store: It's not practical to dip into a large bag of spice every time you cook. Divide your bulk purchase into smaller, more manageable containers for daily use, and store the remainder in airtight, larger containers.
- Rotate Stock: As with any bulk purchase, practice the "first in, first out" rule. Use older spices before newer ones to ensure you're always using the freshest possible.
The Financial Benefits
Beyond the freshness and the ability to customize your blends, there's a financial incentive. Buying spices in bulk is often cheaper than purchasing small, pre-packaged containers. Over time, these savings add up, especially for spices you use frequently.
Crafted Flavors: Elevate Dishes with DIY Seasonings & Spice Rubs
I love making my own seasonings and rubs. This list of 50 Easy Homemade Seasonings will inspire you and add so much flavor to your favorite dishes!
Making your own seasonings and spice rubs is a great way to add extra flavor to all of your recipes and dishes. When you make your own seasonings, you have more control over what goes in them, including the amount of salt. Most store bought seasoning mixes contain added preservatives and unknown substances, so I thought it would be nice to share a list of homemade seasonings that you can make yourself for all kinds of recipes and meats. Hopefully, these seasonings will help you come up with some new ways to cook some of your favorite meals and also give you some new ideas for family meals and grilling too!
I've been making my own seasoning for chicken and pork for the past few years, and it is sooo much better than anything I've ever bought in the stores. We use it on grilled chicken, chicken kabobs, oven roasted chicken, ribs, pork chops and for our smoked pork butts too. You can find my Homemade Dry Rub for Chicken and Pork HERE! You can find the instructions for smoking ribs, grilling a spatchcock (open faced) chicken and smoking the best pork butt for pulled pork at the end of this post...after all of the other homemade seasonings you can make yourself!
Check out some of my favorite homemade seasoning ideas from all over the internet and get cookin'!
Eclectic Momsense - Buffalo Seasoning
Intoxicated on Life - Homemade Taco Seasoning
As the Bunny Hops - Parmesan Pizza Seasoning
Wholefully - Mesquite Grill Seasoning
Vegan Lovlie - Tikka Masala Seasoning Mix
Over the Big Moon - Italian Bread Dip Seasoning
The Comfort of Cooking - Seasoning Salt
Sarah Hearts - Citrus Herb Seasoning Salt
Bake Your Day - Cajun Seasoning
Yellow Bliss Road - Pot Roast Seasoning
Amanda's Cookin - Chili Seasoning
The Gardening Cook - Poultry Seasoning
Baking Outside the Box - Chop House Seasoning
Tastes of Lizzy T - Pasta Salad Seasoning Mix
Brown-eyed Baker - Ranch Seasoning
A Cultivated Nest - Italian Seasoning Mix
Our Best Bites - Garlic Bread Seasoning
Little House Living - Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix
What the Fork Food Blog - Fajita Seasoning
Premeditated Leftovers - Pumpkin Pie Spice Seasoning
Simply Sherryl - House Seasoning
Todays Creative Life - Caribbean Seasoning
Fun Happy Home - Ramen Seasoning
Family Fresh Meals - Burger and French Fry Seasoning
Cooking in Stilettos - Adobo Seasoning
Katie's Cucina - Blackening Seasoning
Frugal Family Home - Garlic and Herb Seasoning
The Pinning Mama - Greek Seasoning
Kylee Cooks - Tuscan Seasoning
Peas and Crayons - Guacamole Seasoning
The Rising Spoon - Lemon Pepper Seasoning
African Bites - Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
The Mama's Girls - Spaghetti Sauce Seasoning Mix
Don't Waste the Crumbs - Montreal Steak Seasoning
Busy at Home - Garam Masala Seasoning Mix
Life Made Sweeter - Apple Pie Spice Seasoning Mix
Miss Information - Cowboy Seasoning
Plaid and Paleo - Prime Rib Seasoning Rub
How to Have it All - Gingerbread Seasoning
Big Bear's Wife - No Salt Seasoning 'Salt'
Whole New Mom - Celery Salt
Budget Savvy Diva - Vegetable Seasoning
Homestead Wishing - Curry Seasoning
Penguins in Pink - Vigo Rice Seasoning
Sprinkles and Sprouts - Old Bay Seasoning
Budget Savvy Diva - Parmesan Herb Seasoning
Kitchen Stewardship - Spicy Fish Seasoning
One Hundred Dollars a Month - Asian Five Spice Seasoning
Natural Fit Foodie - Trinidad Green Seasoning
Tastes of Lizzy T - Italian Sausage Seasoning
As promised, here are a few of my favorite recipes that I have used my Homemade Spice Rub for Chicken and Pork in...