Common Seasoning Mixes, How To Make Your Own Condiments
Common Seasoning Mixes
For many of us, we want to be independent and have control over what we eat. This desire leads us to hunt, fish and garden — all activities that can be sustainable and environmentally friendly. But have you ever thought about making your own seasoning mixes? Seasoning mixes and spices are used in a wide variety of delicious, everyday recipes. Most of us don’t think twice about picking up seasonings or spices at the grocery store, but there’s an alternative that can save you money.
Making your own homemade seasoning mixes has many advantages to store-bought packs. First of all, making your own seasonings cuts down on expenses. Certain spices are extremely expensive to buy at the grocery store. A 1-ounce container of pumpkin pie spice costs around $5.00! Making your own spices also cuts down on trips to the grocery store if you need only a little bit for a particular recipe. This can be especially helpful for moms who don’t want to go through the trouble of bringing along their kids.
In addition, making your own seasoning mixes means that you can control what ingredients are added to them. Take a look at seasoning mixes or spices at the store and you’ll see ingredients like MSG, sugar, modified food starch, gluten, and silicone dioxide. Plus, making your own spices and mixes is simple. All the tools you need are the ingredients, measuring spoons, and glass jars. Just mix the components together and store in an airtight container.
Here are some simple DIY recipes for popular seasoning mixes and spices:
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Taco Seasoning Mix
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
- Poultry Seasoning
2 3/4 tsp. rosemary
1 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. black pepper
- Chili Powder
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
Mix equal parts of:
Overall, it pays to make your own seasonings and spices. You can control what you put in there, and it saves you time and money from not having to pick them up from the grocery store. Seasonings and spices also last a long time so they are a good addition to any prepper’s storage or emergency supply. Try it for yourself!
How To Make Your Own Condiments
I’ll bet that some of you make your own condiments – things like ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, etc…
Basic ‘know-how’ in the kitchen is valuable for general preparedness – the skills of how-to make, prepare and cook foods from ‘scratch’. Not only does this skill set include basic abilities like making your own bread or hands-on creativity while whipping up your dinners, but how about making your own condiments?
For the sake of sharing kitchen knowledge for preparedness and practicality, lets hear some of your own recipes in this department…
Okay, to get things started, here are a few recipes how to make your own mayo, mustard, and ketchup…
Make Your Own Mayonnaise
2 egg yolks
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ cups vegetable oil (you pick the kind you like best)
Put the yolks in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice. Using a mixer on high, drizzle the oil directly over the beaters, only drizzle it in a small stream. If you just pour it then the mayo will not whip up. Stop drizzling the oil every few seconds and allow the mixture to whip. Keep adding the oil and beating until it whips up to the desired consistency. The more oil you add the thicker it will get.
Note: There are no preservatives in it, so don’t make too much at once (for shelf-life issues). Keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Make Your Own Mustard
1/2 cup dry mustard
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch
Dissolve mustard in vinegar. Stir in remaining ingredients until combined, and cook in a double boiler (to keep from burning on the bottom), stirring constantly, until it reaches the desired thickness (about 10 minutes). Pour into a container, cool, cover, and keep refrigerated.
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Make Your Own Ketchup
1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Blend tomatoes and purée from the can in a blender until smooth. In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, cook onion in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until softened (about 8 minutes). Add puréed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, and salt. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until very thick (about an hour). Purée mixture in a blender until smooth. Chill, covered, for two hours before serving.
Do you have any of your own recipes for condiment type foods?
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