Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mason Jar Spices: My Favorite Spice Mixes

Confession: I love Mason jars.

I preserve (much less than I used to) so I have a ton of jars! I have the big quart size, pint, half pint, 4 oz, and I have the fun ones! I just bought some new funky shaped ones and these super cute tiny Mason jars.  They hold about 5 ounces and if you go through Ibotta, you can save $2.00 on up to two packs of these!  If you haven't tried out Ibotta, you can use my referral link.

The great thing about Mason jars is that you can do so much with them! They make great dry food gifts, salad dressing shakers, ingredient storage and, of course, are perfect for home canning. But that's another post. And now that they make these tiny ones that are roughly the same shape as my spice bottles, I am super excited! And they are just big enough that my favorite dissolvable labels still work on them. Score!

In addition to having a ton of Mason jars, I have a ton of spices. When you cook as much as I do, you get quite the collection.  My favorite thing to do with my spices is to make spice mixes.  Otherwise, some of the spices would just get wasted. I found a lot of these when we did Whole 30 and I've just kept using them! Here are some of my favorites!

House Seasoning by Paula Deen
This is probably the most used seasoning mix in my pantry! We use it on everything and a little goes a long way! For storage and freshness sake, I like to do half the amount of the original recipe (which can be found here).

1/2 cup salt
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp garlic powder

Garam Masala by Danielle Walker
This mix came from one of my favorite recipes from Against All Grain by Danielle Walker. I love the flavor of this mix and it makes a great rub for pork and seasoning for potatoes and carrots! It also helps use up some of those spices I don't use very often!

2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp cinnamon

I almost always double this recipe when making it. The photo above is one recipe.

Onion Soup Mix
My mom has this amazing recipe that she uses to make brisket. It's literally just brisket, coke, ketchup and Lipton Onion Soup mix. One night I went to make it, thought I had everything and I didn't have a soup mix! What! No worries. Pinterest to the rescue! I found this recipe here (along with a bunch of others!). I'm actually out of this one right now and need to buy more onion flakes! 

1/4 cup dried onion flakes
1 tbsp beef bullion granules
1/4 tsp parsley flakes
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp paprikea
1/4 tsp pepper

I didn't share the recipe I use for taco seasoning because I always add cayenne pepper to it for a kick, but I haven't measured it out to see how much!

There are so many others that you can make, these are just the ones in heavy rotation at our house! What about you, are there any spice mixes you make yourself?!

1 comment:

  1. Love these! I want to make my own seasonings, but always end up with the store bought and they last forever in the pantry! I love that you used these little mason jars though - how fun!