When it comes to food I am not overly worried about complex flavours and experimenting with different herbs and spices. I usually just buy pre made mixes. When my journey started and I begun reading labels I realized how much crap is in some of the pre made spice mixes.
I remember seeing barley as the last ingredient on one of my usual blends. I don’t know the exact purpose is but I am guessing it’s a filler. I begun reading all the labels of my parents spice blend, more stuff listed I can’t pronounce.
This set me off on a google hunt looking for homemade spice mixes that mimic the mixes you’d find on the store shelf. It was a great surprise to find lots of various blogs with some pretty great recipes.
Off to the bulk barn I went to pick up the spices.
All of the spice mixes were actually really easy to make. I used a food processor to blend up a couple of the mixes to make a powder but other then that it was consisted of combine, stir and put into jars.
I personally made the following:
Cajun Spice Mix (I used garlic and onion powder instead of dehydrated)
Taco and Chilli Mix
Montreal Steak Spice
Ranch Dressing <– I have yet to try this, I haven’t bought goat yogurt yet.
I love love love the cajun mix, I think I have put it on everything. I am excited to see how it’ll taste on beef jerky!
I have found it helpful to go to a bulk store to get some of the spices and herbs I don’t have on hand plus you can buy the amount you need rather then a huge bag. Plus it’s actually cheaper this way, $0.10 for smoked paprika is perfect.
Hope you enjoy and try making your own. It really is easy and fun 🙂
P.S. This is another resource (Imgur spice mixes)