Easy Homemade Mixes and Seasonings

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    Easy Homemade Mixes and Seasonings

    Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend
    Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend. Diana Rattray

    Are you out of onion soup mix? Can't find any Cajun seasoning or apple pie spice in your pantry?

    Here are my favorite homemade mixes, including spice mixes, flours and baking mixes, and many more DIY mixes. Not only are these homemade mixes budget friendly, they're easy to fix and they're usually healthier (no preservatives). 

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    Chili Powder Seasoning Blend

    Homemade Chili Powder
    Homemade Chili Powder. Diana Rattray

    This simple homemade chili powder is a blend of 5 herbs and spices. Use it in dips, chili, and in any recipe calling for chili powder.

     Recipe: Chili Powder Seasoning Blend

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    Homemade Instant Oatmeal with Brown Sugar

    Homemade Instant Oatmeal
    Homemade Instant Oatmeal. Diana Rattray

    Here's a DIY instant oatmeal you can make for a fraction of the price of store-bought packets, and it's extremely versatile. Add less sugar, process it longer for smoother oatmeal, or add a bit of maple flavoring or vanilla.

    Recipe: Homemade Instant Oatmeal with Brown Sugar

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    Self-Rising Flour

    Make Self Rising Flour
    Make Self Rising Flour. Diana Rattray

    If your recipe calls for self-rising flour and you only have all-purpose, it's a snap to improvise. All you need to add is a little salt and baking powder.

    Recipe: How To Make Self-Rising Flour​

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    Homemade Stuffing Mix

    Homemade Stuffing Mix
    Homemade Stuffing Mix. Diana Rattray

    This easy stuffing mix is similar to the convenient  store-bought top-of-the-stove mix. It's an excellent use for day-old bread, and you probably have most of the seasonings on hand. 

    Recipe: Homemade Stuffing Mix

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    Easy Homemade Onion Soup Mix

    Homemade Onion Soup Mix
    Homemade Onion Soup Mix. Diana Rattray

    This is something I always forget to buy, and it shows up in so many recipes. Keep a big container of dried minced onion on hand to make the mix any time you need it.

    Recipe: Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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    Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix

    Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix
    Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix. Diana Rattray

    This is another convenience I use often. Keep a container of this biscuit mix in the refrigerator to use whenever you need it. This makes great biscuits and dumplings.

    Recipe: Homemade Biscuit Baking Mix

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    How to Make Self-Rising Cornbread Mix

    Homemade Cornbread Mix
    Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread Mix. Diana Rattray

    If your recipe calls for self-rising cornbread mix and you don't have it, here's how you can make it yourself.

    Recipe: How to Make Self-Rising Cornbread Mix

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    Simple Poultry Seasoning

    Simple Poultry Seasoning
    Simple Poultry Seasoning. Diana Rattray

    Use this basic herb blend in stuffing or dressing or use it as a rub for chicken or other poultry. It's also a nice blend for fish and pork.

    Recipe: Simple Poultry Seasoning

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    Cinnamon Sugar

    Cinnamon Sugar
    Cinnamon Sugar Blend. Diana Rattray

    This cinnamon sugar is a wonderful finishing touch for a whipped cream topping, pie, or dessert, or sprinkle it over buttered toast or your pancakes or French toast. 

    Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar

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    Cajun Spice Blend

    Cajun Spice Blend
    Cajun Spice Blend. Diana Rattray

    Most purchased Cajun or Creole spice blends are made with the addition of salt. This homemade version is salt free, so it's much more versatile. Use it in any recipe calling for Cajun or Creole seasoning. 

    Recipe: Cajun Spice Blend

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    How to Make Cake Flour

    How to Make Cake Flour
    Homemade Cake Flour. Diana Rattray

    Here's a quick how-to for making your own cake flour. Or, if all you have is cake flour and you need all-purpose, here's how to substitute.

    Recipe: How to Make Cake Flour

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    Homemade Vanilla Sugar

    Vanilla Sugar
    Vanilla Sugar. Diana Rattray

    Sprinkle vanilla sugar over your cereal or on pie crusts or desserts before baking. Or, use it to sweeten your coffee or tea. 

    Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Sugar

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    Blackened Seasoning for Fish or Chicken

    Blackened Seasoning
    Blackened Seasoning Blend. Diana Rattray

    A variety of herbs and spices  go into this Cajun style seasoning mixture. This is an excellent seasoning for pan-fried fish fillets or chicken.

    Recipe: Blackened Seasoning

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    Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

    Pumpkin Pie Spice
    Pumpkin Pie Spice. Diana Rattray

    Use this spice blend in pumpkin pies or sweet potato pies, sweet potato casseroles, custards, and other pumpkin cakes or desserts.

    Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

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    Herb Seasoning Blend

    All-Purpose Spice Blend
    All-Purpose Spice Blend. Diana Rattray

    Use this basic herb seasoning blend to flavor sauces, fish or seafood dishes, or chicken.

    Recipe: Herb Seasoning Blend