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Homemade Spice Mix Recipes

My homemade spice mix recipes will save you money.  But the most important reason to make your own spice mixes is the fantastic flavor everyone will taste time and time again.

No hidden chemicals and preservatives, so it is healthier for you too.   I suggest purchasing organic spices because they are now easy to find at a reasonable price point. I even see them sold now at Wal-mart stores.

Spice Mix Recipes for Meat, Chicken and Fish #MissHomemade

Spice Mix Recipes from Scratch

Bread Crumbs

Cajun | Creole Seasoning

Cayenne Pepper

  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Chili Powder

Chipotle Spice Mix
Cooking with Herbs
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning

Lemon PepperMontreal Steak Seasoning

  • Just Like Outback Steakhouse Steak Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning

Onion Powder

Onion Soup Mix

Pickling Spice

Pie Spice Mix

  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Poultry Seasoning

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Red Pepper Flakes


  • All Purpose Rub
  • Spicy Dry Rub
  • Chicken Rub
  • Ribs Rub
  • Stonewall BBQ Sauce

Seasoned Salt

Snack Seasoning

  • Doritos Seasoning
  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Spicy Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Cinnamon Sticks

Spice Mix Recipes Substitutes

Allspice, ground: ground cinnamon, dash ground nutmeg, or dash ground cloves

Anise seed: fennel seed or a few drops anise extract

Apple pie spice: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, and dash ground cloves or ground ginger.

Cardamom, ground: ground ginger

Cinnamon, groundFor 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground allspice.

Chili powder: dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of dried oregano and ground cumin

Cloves, ground: ground allspice, ground cinnamon, or ground nutmeg

Cumin, ground: chili powder

Curry powderMix ground tumeric, ground ginger, ground black pepper, ground coriander, ground cumin, and chili powder.

Ginger, ground: ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground mace, or ground nutmeg

Gingerroot, grated: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

Mace, groundground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, or ground nutmeg

Nutmeg, ground: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, or ground mace

Poultry seasoning: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 3/4 teaspoon dried sage plus a 1/4 teaspoon blend of any of these: dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried savory, ground black pepper, and dried rosemary.

Pumpkin pie spice: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Saffron, ground: dash ground turmeric (for color)

Seasoning salt: equal amount of snipped fresh herbs or equal amount of salt-free seasoning blend

Spice blends: garlic powder instead of garlic salt

Thai seasoning: For 1 tablespoon, mix 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon onion powder.

Basic Spice Information Selecting. To guarantee that you are using fresh spices, you should buy them in small quantities and date them. Replace old spices once a year. You can tell if a spice is fresh by its color and aroma. When fresh, most spices have a bright color and a strong aroma when you open the container. If either the color or the aroma seems weak, replace the spice.

Storing. Your spices will keep their flavor longer if they’re stored in a cool, dry place. Keep in an air-tight container. Avoid storing in racks or cabinets over the range where they will be exposed to heat and humidity. Whole spices stay fresh for up to 2 years and ground spices about 6 months.

Purchasing. You may prefer to replace all of your ground spices once a year. November and December are particularly good times to replace spices due to supermarket sales for holiday baking. I can’t take the credit for all of this information, it was adapted from BHG.com.  Enjoy.