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Herb Blends to DIY

Did you know you can DIY your own spice mixes for cooking! Use herbs from your garden to create delicious and fresh herb blends – recipes below!

The following recipes yield small batches of seasoning so that you can experiment freely without feeling wasteful. However, they can easily be doubled or tripled for storage on your pantry shelf or for gift giving. Just be sure to use them up within one year for best flavor. Once you have tried a few of the following blends, don’t be afraid to develop a few of your own!

To make the following herb seasoning, combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar or container. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons at a time in recipes until you get the desired level of flavor.

Italian Seasoning
Add this blend to spaghetti sauces, bread, lasagna, pasta or anything requiring a taste of Italy.
2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried basil
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Beef Seasoning
This simple blend can be used in any red meat recipe.
1 tbsp. dried rosemary
1 tbsp. dried savory
1 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder or garlic chives
1 tsp. ground black pepper

Poultry Seasoning
Sprinkle some of this seasoning on chicken or turkey. It can also be added to soups and casseroles.
1 tbsp. dried sage
1 tbsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1/4 tsp. ground pepper

Herb butters are one of the most wonderful treat you can make with your herbs. Mix together 1 stick butter, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and 2 tbsp. fresh chopped herbs of your choice. Make several batches ahead of time and store in the freezer. Herbal butters make great gifts in little crocks or tubs. There’s no end to what you can do with herbal butter. It’s a great starting point for novice herbal cooks.
Freezing Herbal Butter: Pack herbal butter into serving size containers, label and date, and freeze to have on hand throughout the winter months when the gardens are sleeping. Tip: Use ice cube trays for just the right size serving.

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