How to make homemade spice blends

Homemade spice blends make perfect stocking stuffers

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As the holiday season approaches, I am on the constant lookout for handmade gift ideas for family and friends.

Homemade spice blends make great gifts. They beat store-bought spice blends in freshness and flavor. Unique spice blends inspire home cooks to try new recipes.

Dress up spice blends in 2-4 oz glass containers from your local hobby store before giving- no wrapping required.

Seasoned Salt

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt

Creole Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

BBQ Rub

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

  • 3 tablespoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

To use, marinade chicken or shrimp in the following mixture before grilling: 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning.

Italian Seasoning

  • 3 tablespoons basil
  • 3 tablespoons oregano
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

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Ivory Harlow is a Cooperative Development Specialist at the Ohio State University CFAES Center for Cooperatives. She is also a beginning farmer in Ross County, Ohio. Ivory is passionate about agriculture and cultivating cooperative opportunities in rural America.

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