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American Herb & Spice Mixes


apple pie spice  To make your own:  4 parts cinnamon + 2 parts nutmeg + 1 part cardamom, all ground

Cajun spice mix = Cajun seasoning mix   To make your own:  See the Cajun Spice Mix posting on RecipeSource.com.  Substitutes:  creole spice mix

celery salt  Substitutes:  ground celery seed + salt OR ground celery seed OR Beau Monde seasoning OR Bon Appetit seasoning

chili powder   To make your own:  See the Chili Powder recipe posted on SOAR.   Substitutes:  chili seasoning (not as hot) OR paprika Notes:  Don't confuse chili powder, a spice blend, with chile powder, a close relative of cayenne.

chili seasoning  Substitutes:  2 parts chili powder + 1 part paprika OR chili powder

crab boil = shrimp spice   To make your own:  Tie the following spices in a muslin bag or in cheesecloth: 3 bay leaves, a small piece of dried ginger, and 1 teaspoon each of black peppercorns, mustard seeds, dill seeds, coriander seeds, whole cloves, and whole allspice. (Recipe taken from Polly Clingerman's excellent Kitchen Companion. Please see my sources.)  Substitutes:  Old Bay Seasoning OR pickling spice   Links:  See the recipe for Crab Boil & Fish Seasoning (American) posted on RecipeSource.com.

creole spice mix = creole seasoning mix  Substitutes:  Cajun spice mix

lemon pepper  Substitutes:  Combine lemon zest, black pepper, and a bit of salt.

Old Bay seasoning   Notes:   This is a mixture that combines celery seed, black pepper, salt, paprika, mustard seed, red pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice, ginger, mace, cardamom, and cinnamon.  To make your own:  See the recipe for Old Bay seasoning posted on RecipeSource.com. 

onion salt  Substitutes:  salt + onion OR Beau Monde seasoning

onion soup mix  To make your own:  A 1 3/8 ounce package = 1/4 C instant minced onion + 2 tablespoons bouillon + 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (In uncooked recipes, refrigerate a little longer than usual. Recipe from the Cookbooks On/Line Recipe Database)

pickling spice   To make your own:   Combine 1/4 C each mustard seeds, dill seeds, and coriander seeds, 2 tablespoons each crushed chili peppers and bay leaves, and 1 tablespoon each celery seeds and white peppercorns. (Adapted from a recipe in Polly Clingerman's excellent Kitchen Companion. Please see my sources.)

pizza spice = pizza pepper   Substitutes:  Italian seasoning


poultry seasoning  To make your own:  Combine equal parts dried sage, thyme, and marjoram or oregano.

pumpkin pie spice  To make your own:  Combine 4 parts cinnamon + 2 parts ginger + 1 part allspice + 1 part nutmeg, all ground OR equal parts cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace, and cloves, all ground

seasoned salt  To make your own:  Combine 1 C salt, 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons dry mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.  (Recipe taken from Polly Clingerman's excellent Kitchen Companion. Please see my sources.)

shrimp spice

Spike  Substitutes:  seasoned salt OR parsley OR herbs


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