Monday, July 11, 2016

Making it myself

I use a lot of Italian spice blend. The dregs of a 2 oz container, originally bought at Dollar Tree, showed me that this is a blend of oregano, basil, marjoram and rosemary. I have all but the marjoram. So, I grabbed several jars of home dried, organic herbs and crushed them into a bowl before adding them to this repurposed jar. I saved the label from the old container, too. I capped the jar and gave it a good shake-smells awesome and will meet my needs this Summer. No $ spent.

8 comments:

Meg B. said...

Ha. I just made some homemade onion soup mix, before reading this. Less expensive, and I can cut the salt. (Beef boullion powder still has sodium, though.) My kids love potatoes roasted in olive oil and onion soup mix, but given the price of those envelopes, I can't bring myself to buy it, even at Costco!
I rarely use marjoram, even when making pasta sauces...I think I need to rectify that. I know I have some hiding in my spice cabinet. The herbs/spices/seasonings I regularly use are in a wall mounted wrought iron rack right at my work area. I buy my herbs and spices bulk, then put them in old bottles or tins...my basil bottle may very well be from when we first married!

mikemax said...

Marjoram is basically a milder version of oregano, so don't worry that you didn't have any for your Italian seasoning.

Belinda said...

That is terrific! I love it. I just ran out of cinnamon today. I'll have to add it to my list and hopefully find a good deal on it soon. :)

Linda said...

I have been wanting to grow herbs for just this reason. Maybe it is not too late this summer.

meme said...

It is awesome when you can "marry" the small amounts of various ingredients to make what you need. Glad it will take you thru the summer.

NAN said...

Carol, herbs are really easy to grow in pots. Maybe buy some seeds and put your son in charge. you need dirt, water, sun and occasional fertilizer. The only thing I can't seem to grow is cilantro because it does not like our heat. I've tried in winter and it failed too but I'm going to try again. Rosemary and basil are really easy. I also have dill, sage and of course, oregano.

Lee Ann said...

How much of each did you use?

CTMOM said...

Lee Ann-no real measurements, I simply took the contents remaining in the container from DT, placed those in a repurposed glass jar (my preference to use glass over plastic whenever possible), took the dried basil I had and crushed it, added some dried oregano (estimate 50-50 amount) and then tossed in some rosemary (about 1/4 of the final contents so 4-4-1 ratio). No science at all to this. Smells great, it'll work and the herbs I added were all organic (again my preference when possible) as I cultivated them from last year's organic CSA herb garden, intentionally picking extra to dry and store for future use.