Friday, December 24, 2010

make your own | spice mixes (or season's greetings for neighbors and friends)

Each year we exchange small gifts of food with our neighbors during the holiday season. This year I decided to share some of the homemade spice mixes that we enjoy.

I made double batches of Chili Seasoning, Spaghetti Sauce Mix and Onion Soup Mix. At Hobby Lobby I found mini ziploc bags that are perfect for holding the mix, sticky labels perfect for the name and directions and then I also found mini gift bags which are perfect for gifting. Better yet is that they were all 50% off so it was more than affordable.

Each of these mixes are easy to make and they use spices that are always in my cabinet. What I like most about them is that I know and can pronounce all of the ingredients.

I'll share my recipes with you. If these are mixes that you typically buy in the convenient envelopes at the grocery store, try mixing up a batch and see if you can tell a difference between the homemade and commercial versions. You might be surprised and find that you like the homemade version better!

Onion Soup Mix (I got this recipe from my niece years ago)
3/4 c. dried minced onion
1/3 c. beef boullion granuals
1/4 c. onion powder
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t celery seed
Combine all ingredients in a lidded container. Shake to mix well. 4 T is equivalent to one commercial "envelope."  To use: Mix 4T to 16 oz of sour cream for a dip. It's also good with potatoes; wash, dry and quarter some red potatoes, drizzle with oil and sprinkle 4T of the onion soup mix on them. Mix well and bake.

Spaghetti Sauce Mix (from Miserly Meals)
1/4 c. Italian Seasoning
1 T celery salt
1 T garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1 T onion powder
1 tsp sugar
Put all ingredients in a blender, cover, and blend 5 seconds or less until powdery (don't overblend). Use the "pulse" feature if your blender has one. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. To use: Add 2 T to 28 oz. of tomato sauce, 6 oz. tomato paste, and any meat or vegetables you like in your sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat, then serve over pasta.

3 T chili powder
1 T salt
1 T garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp ground red pepper
Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container up to 1 month. To use: 2-3 T can be used to season chili or tacos.

They have been delivered and everyone was thrilled with them. Several of the folks that received them knew that I made my own mixes and they were excited to try them. And the goodies they gave us? Oh yum. We've got homemade salsa, homemade Bailey's Irish Creme, a homemade cheese ball, a spiral ham and peanut brittle.



this is a GREAT idea! sooo copying this... :)

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

What a great gift! And I love the packaging...darling. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

this is awesome!! agree with Velvet - I may copy this as well.

B. said...

We exchange small food gifts with neighbors too so this is a great idea

Mrs. Whimsy said...

Thanks so much for sharing. What a great idea!