8 Spice ~ DIY Seasoning Mix
We spend Wednesday afternoons with Grandma nearly every week, and often stop to play for the morning with friends on the way. It was just such a Wednesday morning when my dear friend Julie invited us to stay for lunch. She had extra eggs and some avocado… and for the likes of us, that’s lunch. 🙂 I happily chatted away while Julie fried up some eggs and sprinkled them with a homemade seasoning blend she’d found in “The Earth Diet” cookbook. WOW! Those were the best eggs I’d ever had! Funny what just a little seasoning spice can do! I don’t even like eggs all that much.
I took the recipe home with me that day, put it away in a drawer and forgot all about it for over a year. Then one day I stumbled across it again and pulled it out. I had most of the spices it called for, so I mixed up a jar for our family. I’m SO glad I did! We love this seasoning on eggs, rice, or chicken, but our very favorite is to sprinkle it on our Sunday afternoon popcorn! ~ homemade popcorn + a little maple syrup + 8 Spice + a little extra salt~ People! It’s sweet. It’s salty. It’s amazing!!! You’ve got to try it.
Over time this recipe, which was originally called “10 Spice Seasoning Blend” has dropped a couple ingredients. I cut out the thyme because… well, because I hate thyme. It tastes like mold to me. Anybody else??? Am I crazy? Another spice seems to have been dropped along the way too. Maybe because we just didn’t have it in the pantry? I don’t know. For whatever reason, over time, 10 Spice has become 8 Spice, but we love it just the same, better actually without the thyme!
Here you are! Enjoy!
8 Spice ~ DIY Seasoning Mix
4 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons (granulated) garlic powder
2 tablespoons (granulated) onion powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried parsley
5 teaspoons (or approximately 1 & 1/2 tablespoons) ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (REAL) salt
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
Add all ingredients to a half pint (8 oz) jar.
Stir well and shake.
Keep the tightly closed jar (or other air-tight container) in the pantry.
Use it on anything that needs a bit of spicy flavor!
Homemade seasoning mixes are quick, easy, and much more affordable than buying pre-made mixes. They are also a much healthier option for your family. Did you notice that I didn’t put any anti-caking ingredients or MSG in my seasoning mix? ~ that’s the kind of thing you’ll likely find in store-bought mixes. We buy our spices in bulk at our local health food co-op, but they can also be purchased in bulk online at Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.
What’s your favorite DIY seasoning mix? Share it with us!
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