The trouble with a the premixed special seasonings out there are three:
- They’re generally non-organic (ie Chemicalized).
- By the time the spices are prepped, packaged in bulk for the specialty seasoning manufacturer, transported and waiting to be purchased they’ve reached legal drinking age. And spices flatten out as time goes by.
- You have to accept what they give you. I probably like more heat than you do. You may really like the garlic notes. In other words no matter who you are the store bought spice isn’t “just right”.
So here’s the solution. Buy basic organic spices, start from a standard specialty spice recipe and tweak it to your unique tastes. I actually have a few specialty spices. One if I need heat, another if Di is coming over etc… Maybe one for you, the kids, your dog .. who knows. The basic recipe is as follows:
Home grown specialty spice basic recipe:
- Take out a medium bowl
- Add a Tablespoon of Unrefined Sea Salt
- Add a Tablespoon of Organic Paprika
- Add 1/4 Teaspoon of Organic Garlic Powder (the powder not Garlic Salt)
- Add 1/4 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Organic Black Pepper
- Add 1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Organic Oregano
- Add 1/4 Teaspoon of Organic Onion Powder (the powder not Onion Salt)
- Add 1/4 Teaspoon of Organic Dried Thyme
- Add a few Pinches of Organic Dried Rosemary Leaf
Mix everything up. Now what you’ll notice is that the dried ingredients are a pretty good size and if you let this concoction just sit the finer ingredients will simply sift down to the bottom. So I keep each specialty spice in wide mouth jars with very little air space. I give it all a good shaking before using and then pour out what I need in the palm of my hand. Do a sort of shaking thing to get it onto the food (palm side up and letting the spices gradually spill over to the side of my hand).
So that’s the basic building block. Now if you want some heat start with adding 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Organic Cayenne Pepper. As far as the other ingredients get yourself something you would want seasoned and try the basic recipe. Next adjust the ingredients up that are listed at 1/4 Teaspoon. Adjust, taste, adjust taste. .. Optimize Baby! Now write this recipe down and make enough to last you a month or two (no more). This tiny sample batch won’t take you very far. And lastly come up with a cool name for it and keep the recipe secret (the magic isn’t magic anymore once the secret is out). Theo’s Hell Spice, Meos Theos and goofy stuff like that … have a good one.