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Homemade Seasonings February 18, 2013

Filed under: cooking,pantry building,simplicity — ourprairiehome @ 8:00 pm
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When our Grandma’s were cooking, they didn’t have the convenience of all the various spice blends that can be found today in the grocery store. If they wanted something special, they had to make it themselves. Here are some cheap and easy recipes for making your own too.

Garlic Salt

This happens to be one of my husband’s favorite seasonings. It is ridiculously easy to make and takes just a few minutes of your time. I prefer to make it in small batches so that it is always as fresh as possible. You will need: 1 clove garlic and sea salt.

Finely mince or crush a clove as garlic. I nearly mash the garlic to make a paste consistency. With a knife or fork, work into the garlic about 2-3 teaspoons of sea salt. As you mix them, teh salt will clump due to absorbing the moisture from the garlic. Keep mixing in a little sea salt until the salt no longer clumps together. I spread it out onto the cutting board and allow it to dry for about an hour. that step may not be essential, but it is a habit I am into. Store in an airtight container.

Here is a fun use for the Garlic Salt you just made.

Italian Seasoning

1 Tbsp. Garlic Salt
2 Tbsp ground oregano
1 Tbsp parsley
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp dried thyme flakes
1/4 tsp dried celery seeds

Mix all ingredients well and store in a jar.

Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

1 cup of dried bread crumbs
3.5 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning

Mix together well and store in a jar.

Enjoy!

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