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.