Spice Up Your Life

Updated: May 20, 2019

I have a secret, one of my favourite aisles in a supermarket or specialty store is the herb and spice aisle.

Have you ever noticed the numerous companies who try and sell you spice and herb blends at a premium price which promise to transform your meal into a masterpiece?

I will admit that I used to be the person who had a store bought blend for every occasion, cuisine and meal and at $5-$10 per small jar I was horrified when I realised the money that was hidden away in the herb and spice area of my pantry.

Furthermore my husband complained about the rows and rows of spices, herbs and blends often commenting that I could have taken a trip away based on the amount of money used to create that awesome herb and spice cupboard!

One day when I had too much time on my hands, I took a good look at those jars and realised that I already had the majority of the ingredients contained in the blends in my pantry.

Secondly, I realised that many of those jars also contained additives and preservatives to give the jars a long shelf life, so not only had I been wasting money, I was also infusing my cooking with hidden extras that did not need to be there.

Here at EDMK (and much to my husband's delight) our herbs and spices area has had a much needed trim down, and I have created some herb and spice mixes that can be made from the basic herbs and spices you have in your pantry, and for a fraction of the cost of the jar blends.

EDMK Italian Spice Mix

1/2 tsp black peppercorn

2 tbs dried oregano

2 tbs dried basil

2 tbs dried parsley

1 tbs dried thyme

1 tsp mild paprika

1 tsp onion flakes

1 tbs chilli flakes

2 tbs garlic powder

Add peppercorns to blender, mortar or Thermomix bowl and mill until fine. Add all the remaining ingredients together and mix well. Store in airtight container for up to 6 months

EDMK Classic Pork Spice Mix

2 tbs rosemary leaves

2 tbs tarragon

2 tbs oregano

2 tbs thyme

2 tbs garlic powder

1 tbs mustard powder

2 tbs marjoram leaves

1 tbs fresh cracked black pepper

1 tbs salt

Add all ingredients together then mix and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

EDMK Roast Beef Spice Mix

2 tbs tarragon

1 tbs thyme

1 tbs chives

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp mustard powder

Place all ingredients together then mix well and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

EDMK Steak Spice Mix

3 tbs smoked paprika

2 tbs onion powder

3 tbs garlic powder

1 tbs rosemary

1 tbs thyme

1 tbs brown sugar

1 tbs mustard powder

1 tbs ground cumin

1 tbs salt

1 tbs fresh cracked black pepper

Place all ingredients together then mix well and store in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

Note: All these blends have been used in EDMK recipes that are published on this website. We've also separated the above spice recipe blends so that you can easily find them in the future.

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