As someone who cooks on a regular basis, I always used to find myself going through my pantry to grab for just the right spice, only to realize it is the only one I don’t have! Already exasperated because now I have to put off the cooking process, I get more discouraged when I see how expensive spices are. I decided once and for all to get myself organized and start making my own mixes. While it is true you can’t get all your exotic spices at a Costco or a Sams, you can get the basics and if you go online, there are many places to buy herbs in bulk. I did an experiment based on some of the blends below and I was dumbfounded at the savings…over $100.00! Seriously folks, a little bit of planning is all it takes!
I will post more spice recipes as time goes on, but these are a few of my favorites!
MEAT SPICE RUB
2 tsps cumin
2tsps chili powder
2 tsps onion powder
2 tsps garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup brown sugar
Store together in an airtight container and blend will last for months.
*The spice containers in the pictures above, I got at World market and they were quite reasonable. They also make a nice gift for someone who loves to cook. I gave one of my favorite chefs an Egyptian blend called Dukkah, a Curry blend and a Moroccan blend. (Dukkah recipe below)
1/2 cup toasted nuts (I use hazelnuts but you could use almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, your choice)
2 1/2 tablespoons toasted cumin seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
1/4 cup toasted coriander seeds
1 tablespoon mixed peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons dried mint
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pound in a mortar and pestle or pulse lightly in a food processor. Store in an airtight container for about a month.