Homemade spice mixes

December 14, 2018

 

The next gift idea is here: homemade spice mixes. They are unique, delicious, super useful to anyone who wants to throw something together in the kitchen. You can give them all at once or just make one that you enjoy the most. Also feel free to stock your own pantry with them :-) 

 

I like to use Ikea spice jars for gifts like this, but you can fill them into little bags or other small jars, too. Be creative, add a cute label, and maybe even a little wooden spoon. 

 

 

Mulling spice

 

 

Add this to a cup of red wine or apple juice and heat gently to infuse with the beautiful taste of Christmas. It's so good!!! You can also make the poached pears and buckwheat breakfast bowl from the Warming Breakfasts ebook with this. 

 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Makes 1 jar: 

  • 12 cloves

  • 6 cinnamon sticks 

  • 4 cardamom 

  • 2 star anise

  • 1/4 cup dried orange zest

 

Place everything into a food processor or coffee grinder, and grind for a few seconds until slightly broken down. Fill into airtight jar(s), and keep for up to 1 year. 

 

 

 

 

Pizza spice

 

 

Delicious herbs of parsley, oregano, and basil come together with onion and garlic for a warming mix to season pizza, pasta, soups, and salads with. 

 

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Makes 1 jar: 

  • 2 Tbsp paprika

  • 1 Tbsp sea salt

  • 1 Tbsp dried roasted onion 

  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano

  • 1 Tbsp ground garlic 

  • 1 Tbsp dried basil 

  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley 

  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper

 

Place everything into a food processor or coffee grinder, and grind for a few seconds until broken down. Fill into airtight jar(s), and keep for up to 1 year. 

 

 

 

Za'atar 

 

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix used on salads, breads, and kebabs. It is delicious and earthy, and I love to sprinkle it on roasted veggies. 

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooling time: 30 minutes

Makes 1 jar: 

  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

  • 2 Tbsp sumac

  • 2 Tbsp dried thyme

  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano 

  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds

  • 1 Tbsp dried majoram 

  • 1/2 Tbsp sea salt 

 

  1. Start with a pan over medium heat, and toast the sesame seeds for 3-5 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant. Place the sesame in a food processor. 

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and process until crumbly. 

  3. Lay out the mixture on a plate, and let it cool off completely before filling it into air tight jars. It will keep for 3 months (you can extend that by keeping it in the fridge). 

 

Happy Holidays! 

 

 

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