Italian Seasoning Blend ~ One of the most reached for blends and can easily be made at home with items in your cabinet or spice rack.
Turns out I didn’t. I have been out for quite some time and have never purchased a new jar at the market. Seasoning blends are pretty common.
Chinese 5 spice, garam masala, pumpkin pie spice, herbes de Provence and so on.
Spice blends are for our convenience in cooking and there is no real set ingredient list for any blend. I have two types of both Chinese 5 spice and garam masala and they both have different blends or different spices and ratios of those spices.When I went to grab my Italian seasoning blend only to find I didn’t have any, I just quickly made my own. Of course, in the process of making my own, I have blended more than I needed for that one dish. I just threw it in an air tight container and will have it on hand next time I want the blend.
I like my herbs still ‘leafy’ and not in powdered form. I added them all to sandwich bag and gently ‘mashed’ them together. However, I did first pulverize the rosemary in my mortar and pestle. I personally do not like getting a piece of the hard ‘piney’ needles in my food.I used a bit more basil, thyme, and oregano, as those are the flavors I personally love, but you can customize your own blend. Start with equal measurements of each herb, whether by the teaspoon or by the tablespoon, then simply add a bit more of whatever herbs your family likes best. I save small glass jars because they are handy to have for numerous reasons, and I just added the spices to one small jar and tossed it into the spice cabinet. It doesn’t get any easier.
Italian Seasoning Blend
- 2½ tsp oregano
- 2½ tsp basil
- 2½ tsp thyme
- 2 tsp marjoram
- 2 tsp sage
- 2 tsp rosemary
Add the rosemary to a mortar and pestle and crush.
If you don't have a mortar and pestle, a spice-only coffee grinder or the flat end of any heavy pan will nicely crush the herb.
Pour the crushed rosemary to an open bag and add the remaining herbs, seal and shake, slightly crushing them together.
Keep in a sealed, air-tight container and use as needed.