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How to Make Spice Mixes

Make Your Own Spice Mixes (and Cut Back on Salt)

It must be DIY week at FitSugar. First we suggested that you make your own trail mix, and today we're onto spice mixes. Heck, by the end of the week, you'll be able to use your homemade spice mix on that trail mix you just made — win! In all seriousness, keeping food items homemade means that you'll have more control in the kitchen and can keep it healthy. And making spice mixes is a great way to add flavor to your dishes without the need for salt. Since overdoing it on salt is a huge problem, finding ways to cut back is important.

When thinking about what mixes to make for your home, think about your eating styles. The three basics I always have on hand are an Italian herbs mix, a curry spice mix, and a Mexican seasoning blend. Between these blends, I can season meat, pastas, and even snacks. To make my mixes, I sort wing it with a little bit of cheating. I look at already-made spice mixtures in the supermarket and re-create them in my kitchen. But if you are looking for something a little more exact, CHOW has a great list of spice blends that you can make at home.

If making spice mixes isn't your thing, don't worry. But do consider buying a few blends to keep in your kitchen, which you can use to season foods instead of salt.

 

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GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I've been trying to do this recently, actually! I've been trying to cut back on salt (oh god, it has NOT been easy - especially when my husband's mom has been cooking!) and it hasn't been easy. I have been finding, though, that slowly but surely I'm enjoying saltier foods less... as a saltaholic, that's pretty exciting to me lol. ANYWAY, I've been trying to use spices that don't have salt in them and have been trying to include red/orange/yellow peppers to as many dishes as they'll fit in, because they really provide an extra kick. I'll have to look into making my own spice mix here soon. PS I LOVE Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. No salt - doesn't need it! :)
lintacious lintacious 5 years
Sorry about the self promotion but these are my favorites: http://www.27andfrugal.com/2009/10/31/recipe-home-made-spice-mixes/ The seasoning salt is awesome onthe outside of a baked potato. The Mexican seasoning will spice up anything!
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