Spice Blend Recipes

Five Delicious Spice Blend Recipes

Top 6 Reasons to Make Spice Blend Gifts this Holiday Season

Whether you decide to make these as gifts, or simply enjoy the blends yourself, you will love how easy it is to make your own delicious spice blends.

Number 6 …

Forget dull tasteless spices.

Your own fresh blends ensure the best taste and quality.

Many store-bought spice blends are old and bland tasting compared to the vibrant blends you can create using freshly dried organic herbs and spices. Mountain Rose Herbs sells incredible powdered spices.You can even step it up a notch by buying whole seeds and spices and grinding them yourself for the blends. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Number 5 …

Handmade gifts are thoughtful and much more meaningful than random stuff you buy at the store.

When it comes to getting presents from friends and family I would much rather have something they’ve taken the time to make themselves.

Besides making these blends yourself, you can add another special touch by including your favorite recipes using the spice blends. (Spoiler alert: I am making my friends and family a recipe book along with the spice blends).

Number 4 …

They are an elegant herbal gift that your friends and family will actually enjoy and use.

I am constantly looking for fresh homemade ideas for my friends and family. I insist on hand making most of my gifts each year but I also want to make and give something my loved ones will actually use. I am pretty sure I over-gave salves for a number of years before I caught on to the fact that they were simply gathering dust in people’s drawers.

Spice blends are delicious and practical. They will be loved!

Spice Blend Recipes

Number 3 …

They are an affordable gift.

Buying these spices in bulk (or better yet using your own home grown herbs) makes this gift incredibly inexpensive, way cheaper than buying inferior spice blends at the grocery store.

Number 2 …

Gifting spice blends lets you share your passion for herbs and good health.

Last holiday season I bought the book Healing Spices by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal. Granted, I was already a believer that spices were good for one’s health, but this book totally blew me away. I read it from cover to cover and was totally amazed at all the ways culinary herbs and spices can dramatically influence our health.

From improving digestion (poor digestion is often considered the root of chronic disease) to improving cardiovascular health to decreasing the risk of cancer and everything in between, spices are truly incredible.

Giving spices is like giving the gift of health!

Many US homes are devoid of spices! Sharing spice blends with your friends and family (especially with your favorite recipes) is a great way to share both your passion for herbs and your passion for healthy living.

AND THE NUMBER ONE reason to make spice blends …

We’ve made it super simple for you.

Have you ever seen those Pinterest-fail photos?

Essentially these articles show the flawless beautiful Pinterest project alongside someone’s comical attempt to recreate it.

But, don’t worry. That won’t be you!

We have downloads of our exact labels and gifts cards. And you can buy the gorgeous corked spice bottles and all the herbs and spices you need from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Spice Blend Recipes

Making Your Spice Blends

Now that I have given you 6 reasons to make spice blends this holiday season, let’s see how you go about making them.

I’ve chosen five different spice blend recipes to give you a variety of options. Consider making all five for a complete gift set.

The following recipes are in parts. I chose to do this to make it easy for you to make as small or as large a batch as you want.

If you’ve never measured in parts before here’s how to do it.

You choose how much you want one part to be. For example if you wanted to make a large batch of something you might choose the part to be a cup. Then you substitute a “cup” each time it says “part”.

Of, if you wanted to make a smaller blend you might choose a tablespoon as your part.

Once you’ve decided how big to make your parts you simply measure them out into a bowl. Mix well. And then transfer to your spice blend container. Label the container and voila!

Some Tips

  • Make sure all the spices in your blend are the same consistency. If some have large leaves and others are powder, the powder will just shift to the bottom of the blend.
  • Sift your powders to avoid having any large clumps.
  • If you are making your own spice blend, make a small amount so that you can try it out yourself first.

Spice Blend Recipes

Spice Blend Recipes: All Purpose Seasoning

All Purpose Seasoning

To make this blend I lightly ground up all the spices until they were about the same consistency. If you leave your oregano leaves and rosemary leaves whole, the garlic granules will sink to the bottle of the mix. Better to have them all closer to a powdered consistency.

This blend is perfect for grilling meats and for a variety of savory main or side dishes.

  • 2 parts oregano
  • 1 part rosemary
  • 1 part fennel
  • 1 part thyme
  • 1/2 part garlic granules

Need spices or spice bottles? Get them here.

Spice Blend Recipes: Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice

As you might imagine, this pumpkin spice blend goes well in pumpkin pie. But don’t let the name of the spice limit its use. It can be used on top of ice cream, in eggnog, in oatmeal, in hot chocolate, in cookies and many more sweet treats.

  • 4 parts cinnamon powder
  • 2 parts ginger powder
  • 1 part clove powder
  • 1/2 part nutmeg powder

Need spices or spice bottles? Get them here.

Spice Blend Recipes: Garam Masala

Garam Masala

This traditional Indian spice blend works well in curries and on meats and veggies. We cook a lot of Indian-inspired cuisine and this mix goes in practically every dish.

  • 2 parts cumin powder
  • 2 parts coriander powder
  • 1 part turmeric powder
  • 1/2 part cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 part clove powder
  • 1/4 part cardamom powder

Need spices or spice bottles? Get them here.

Spice Blend Recipes: Celery Salt

Celery Salt

Celery salt is commonly used in coleslaw and on popcorn. When I first had homemade celery salt I was amazed at the delicious taste. It’s way better than the store-bought stuff!

  • 2 parts ground celery seed
  • 1 part sea salt

Need spices or spice bottles? Get them here.

Spice Blend Recipes: Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Used on tacos, fajitas, meats and chili, this spiced blend enlivens meat dishes and bean dishes. The optional cayenne powder can be increased or decreased depending on the amount of heat you want.

  • 2 parts chipotle powder
  • 1 part paprika powder
  • 1 part cumin powder
  • 1/2 part onion powder
  • 1/2 part garlic powder
  • 1/4 part cayenne powder (optional)

Need spices or spice bottles? Get them here.

Spice Blend Labels: Our Gift To You!

LearningHerbs Design Director, Jan Bosman, created these beautiful gift tags and labels that you can download here for free.

Print these out on your favorite paper. You can clip and adhere the labels to bottles using clear tape.

We hope you enjoy making your own vibrant spice blends as gifts this holiday season. You can see how I did this in the photos above.

  1. Do you think you might make some spice blends up as gifts this year?

    • What a beautiful idea. I’ve been a member of learning herbs for years now and you never cease to amaze me. This is a fun simple way that everyone can get into herbs. For health and for deliciousness.

    • Ah ha! I’ve always wondered what garam masala was made of. Do you have a recipe for berbere?

    • YES!! I am very excited about this wonderful idea and that you would share the recipes with us on the internet Thank you. I have already set up the list of family and friends to whom I would like to gift with certain blends. I will head straight to the cupboard and start bringing out the herbs that I will need to blend. I hope I have them all! So exciting. This will be one of those gifts that will be appreciated long after the holiday season is done.
      Thank you again for sharing!

    • I would very much like to. I guess I need to figure out how many bottles I need and which and how much spices I need to make these

    • This is so awesome! I’m definitely adding these to my gifting this year! Thanks so much.

    • Thank you for your kindness. I’ll keep this idea for Birthdays, when I’m not so busy.

    • Not this year but definitely next year. I want to grow my own spices and use them. What a great job you did on labels and the spice blends are just what I was looking for.

  2. Thank you! What a treat in time for the holidays.

  3. Love the recipes and cards do you have a chili powder blend you love as well?

  4. I think I will. It’ll make a great gift for my kids teacher.

  5. Awww, John and Rosalee, THANK you! This is a great article and the gifts of recipe cards and labels are appreciated. I know someone who’ll just LOVE the celery salt in particular. Again, thank you for this. I see lovely Christmas gifts in my future! Is it too early to wish you a Merry Christmas?

  6. Thanks Rosalee! I’m hosting a birthday luncheon for 8 women friends. I’ll make these for everyone.

  7. great idea and well done :-)

  8. Thank you John and Rosalee for all you’ve done and continue to do in helping us reconnect to herbs & spices and all they have to offer in this rather crazy world we live in.

  9. Thank you Rosalee for the recipe selections, I have been growing and drying my herbs for this very same reason. I love your labels

  10. Thank you! I love this idea and will definitely create my own spice mixes. Thank you for sharing all the additional resources (labels and recipes)!

  11. Yes!! And this is why you re one of the only pages I’m subscribed to, love you!! xox

  12. Thank you.

  13. Thank u! Happy Holidays to u and your family

  14. How thoughtful of you to share these recipes!
    I’ll be using them. Thank you so much 😊❤️

  15. This is awesome! Thank you so much! Last year I made mulling spices and the year before I did flavored salts, so this is perfect! Where did you get the cool jars?

    • Those sound like great gifts! I got the spice jars from Mountain Rose Herbs.

  16. Just wondering if I should grind all the spices that I will use in a blend to the same size before I start making the blend?

  17. I’m going to Mountain Rose Herbs right now to place my order. :)

  18. This is wonderful! Thank you for the inspiration for gifts to my two young adult children with their own kitchens.

  19. Thank you for the recipe cards. I have ben drying and giving herbs for many years to my friends for Christmas. Having enough tiny bottles is always my biggest problem. :-)

  20. Hey I like the spice blends! Is there a way that you could put together some simple taste like coffee herbal hot drink? Thanks!

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