Are you celebrating one of the National Holiday? This page will help make all your celebrations a delicious experience; by learning the facts about spices!
Spice mixes are blended spices or herbs
"When a certain combination of herbs or spices is called for in many different recipes (or in one recipe that is used frequently), it is convenient to blend these ingredients beforehand. Blends such as chili powder, curry powder, herbes de Provence, garlic salt, and onion salt are traditionally sold pre-made by grocers, and sometimes baking blends such as pumpkin pie spice are also available. These spice mixes are also easily made by the home cook for later use."
Common spice mixtures
• Apple Pie Spice
• Baking Spice
• Berbere (Ethiopia and Eritrea)
• Chili powder is a generic name for any powdered spice mix composed chiefly of chili peppers, most commonly either red peppers or cayenne peppers, which are both of the species Capsicum annuum.
• Chili mix
• Chimichurri (Argentina and Uruguay)
• Chinese Five-spice powder
• Colombo (paprika, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, black pepper, star anise, cardamom, cloves, mustard grains, saffron)
• Curry powder (Indian-style, used in the West and Japan)
• Five bays
• Five-spice powder (China)
• Garam Masala (India) (Urdu: گرم مصالھ); from Urdu garam, "hot" and masala "paste", is a basic blend of ground spices to be used alone or with other seasonings. It is common in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian cuisines.
• Garlic Salt: Garlic salt is a flavored salt used as food seasoning made of a mixture of dried ground garlic and table salt with an anti-caking agent (e.g. calcium silicate).
• Goda masala
• Herbes de Provence (Southern France) a Provençal blend including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, bay leaf, and sometimes lavender
• Jerk spice (Jamaica)
• Kaala masala
• Khmeli suneli (Georgia)
• Lemon Pepper: Lemon pepper (also called lemon pepper seasoning) is a seasoning made from granulated lemon zest and cracked black peppercorns. The lemon zest is mashed with the pepper to allow the citrus oil to infuse into the pepper.
• Masalas, including garam masala (India)
• Meat Masala
• Mexican Seasoning
• Milagai Podi
• Mixed spice or pudding spice, a British blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and other spices
• Old Bay Seasoning (United States)
• Panch phoron, Bengali five-spice blend
• Poultry Seasoning (United States)
• Pumpkin pie spice (United States) Pumpkin pie spice is an American spice mix commonly used as an ingredient in pumpkin pie. It is generally a blend of powdered cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes allspice. It can be used as a seasoning in general cooking.
• Quatre épices (France) a French blend of ground pepper, cloves, nutmeg and ginger
• Ras el hanout (Middle East/North Africa) a Moroccan spice blend that includes cinnamon and cumin among other spices
• Seasoned salt is a flavoured blend of table salt composed of herbs, spices, other flavourings, and sometimes monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is widely sold in supermarkets and is commonly used in fish and chip shops and other take-away food shops. It is known by many other names, including seasoning salt, season salt, and, in Australia and New Zealand, chicken salt.
• Shichimi togarashi (Japan)
• Tandoori masala
• Taco spice
• Za'atar (Middle East) this is an herb and a blend of the herb with sesame seeds and sometimes Sumac
Homemade Spice Blends
See: Spice Mix Recipes or Spice Rubs
Spice Mixtures are very popular for gift giving during the holiday season or any time you need a small gift for someone. Gifts-in-a-jar have been popular for years and have recently been dubed a popular "Food Craft." One of the most popular spice blends to made is homemade dry rubs for grilling. Every household has their own favorite blends to share too!