Sunday, October 3, 2010

ITALIAN SEASONING & A TIP

I use a lot of dry herbs and spices; they are convenient. However, there are some spices that I don't use all that often. For example, that little $3.99 jar of rubbed sage gets used for a single holiday and then languishes on my spice rack, only to be thrown away. Well, I've discovered the (bulk) dry herb and spice section of the health food isle. The spices are sold by the pound, so the big hand full of sweet basil I bought the other day was a whopping 45 cents. I am buying all of my dry herb and spices this way from now on. They are not only economical, but they are super fresh and are an excellent quality!!
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This recipe for Italian Seasoning is a far better blend than any ready-made jar that I've found so far. I hope you will try it.
3 tablespoons dry basil
3 tablespoons dry oregano
3 tablespoons dry parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1 teaspoon dry rosemary
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
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Stir together thoroughly and break down the larger herbs (like the rosemary) with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder (just don't grind it too fine).
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Store in airtight jar for up to six months.

NOTE: I wash out the glass jars that spices usually come in, and refill them with the bulk herbs and/or spices.

6 comments:

Merut said...

This is a great idea. Italian seasoning gets much more use than the majority of the individual spices. Thanks for sharing your blend!

Ingrid said...

Thanks! I'm gonna make my own. I've also made your taco one too.
~ingrid

charlotte mgcc said...

you bet i am going to try it.
i always like making my own spice blends....don't have any fennel seed right now, but the other stuff is right at hand.
thanks coleen, i will really make great use of this, and to make things even better, it is sodium free!

charlotte mgcc said...

i just read the other comment,
you have a taco seasoning one?
well i am on the hunt for it now.
hope i find amongst you great recipes.

charlotte mgcc said...

found it ;)

Katy ~ said...

Excellent idea and tip, Coleen. Now I'm going to have to look at my health food store and see how it compares. I think I may be buying my spices there as well. thanks!