I like to do things myself rather than just buy what I want or need. It is usually cheaper and better, and a lot of the time easier than you might expect. The more I get into cooking, the more I see things in the kitchen (pizza dough, candied ginger) that I have bought, but I really can just make my own. And I wonder why I never thought of that before, then change my ways.
I have an issue with buying spice blends that have inconsistent flavor. I see recipes that call for ingredients like blackening seasoning, but I have had some bottles of the spice that are a lot less potent than others. It is just a blend of spices, there is no formula that everybody uses, so you really never know what you’re going to get. Well, this bugs me. So I decided to take control, and after a little trial and error, I found a blackening seasoning recipe that I love. I always know exactly how it tastes and how spicy it is, so I don’t get unexpected results when using it. It is also really easy to make–just combine a few ingredients that are already in the spice cabinet into a jar, and shake it up. Then, blacken some fish or chicken and enjoy.
Blackening Seasoning Recipe
1 tablespoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
- Add all ingredients to an empty spice bottle, and shake well.