These homemade seasoning mixes are about as easy as it gets! Make these ahead of time in big batches, so you have them ready in your pantry when you need them.
There’s something about preparing for fall that just makes us all want to cozy up, hunker down, and focus on making our homes an extra comforting place to be during the colder months. Of course, the pumpkins and the other fall decor come out, but I think a lot of us start to think about what will be going on in our kitchens during the fall and winter as well. Stocking up on homemade spices and seasonings with these seasoning mixes can really help you feel prepared.
While you’re preparing for all your fall culinary plans, I think you definitely get extra bonus points in the game of life if you can throw in a DIY solution or two into your plans. As far as recipes go, these homemade spice blends are super simple and definitely some of the most approachable, even for a beginner cook. I thought I’d share a few today that are perfect little getting-your-kitchen-ready-for-fall projects for this time of year.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
This versatile and popular seasoning blend can be used to flavor vegetables and potatoes on its own or mixed up into a fresh, tasty ranch dressing for green salads. Chances are that you already have many of the dried herbs needed for this recipe, such as dried basil, parsley, and dill, waiting in your pantry or spice cabinet.
Get the recipe: Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend
You can’t go wrong with a recipe that has thousands of rave reviews on Pinterest! As one user named Madeline said “This is the absolute best Italian seasoning!” It’s amazing how simple ingredients like dried rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes, onion powder, and granulated garlic can come together to create something so yummy and useful. Use this blend as a rub or in marinades and sauces.
Get the recipe: Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Taco Seasoning
This spice mix comes in handy for so many Tex-Mex style recipes like tacos (of course), nachos, as a chili seasoning, and in fajita recipes. Simply blend together basic spice cupboard staples like paprika, chili powder, ground cumin, and oregano, and you’ll never have to buy those expensive and wasteful little packets again!
Get the recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe
Homemade Jamaican Jerk Spice
Add a little taste of tropics to your everyday dishes with this easy homemade jerk seasoning blend. As with most seasoning mix recipes, you’ll be surprised to find that you probably already have most of the spices needed in your kitchen. You just need to know how to combine them to create a whole new flavor experience.
Get the recipe: Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Autumn baking just isn’t the same without a jar of this warming, nostalgic spice blend. If you go to make your favorite fall recipe and find that you’ve run out, you can whip your own up in just a few minutes. You may find that you like this blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more, even better than store-bought!
Get the Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice
Homemade Cake Mix Recipe
A lot of popular recipes call for a boxed cake mix, but if you don’t have one in the house, you can easily just make your own. This is also a great, economical option for making cake mixes in bulk if you like to bake a lot. The ingredients can be adjusted as well to accommodate different diets or if you like to use a certain type of flour.
Get the recipe: Homemade Cake Mix Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
This recipe for homemade chocolate cake mix is better and fresher than store bought versions. It’s perfect to make ahead and have on hand for when you want to whip up a chocolate birthday cake, or if you come across a fun recipe that calls for chocolate cake mix as one of the ingredients. Be sure to use a high-quality cocoa powder for results that are far tastier than box mixes.
Get the recipe: Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
How to Make Your Own Baking Powder
Did you have any idea that this was possible? If you ever find that you’ve run out of baking powder, you can actually make your own quickly and easily by mixing together a few basic kitchen essentials. It works just as well as regular baking powder, and you won’t be able to tell the difference. Talk about a life-saver during those busy holiday baking days.
Get the recipe: Make Your Own Baking Powder When You Run Out
Homemade Onion Soup Mix Recipe
Get ready for cold weather soups, stews, and roasts with a big batch of homemade onion soup mix. Mix up a large batch and store it in an airtight container. This seasoning blend will keep for months and comes together quickly with a few supplies from the bulk foods stores and your well-stocked spice cupboard. No need to buy those pre-made soup packets for your family-favorite recipes ever again.
Get the recipe: Homemade Onion Soup Mix Recipe
Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend
This mix is delicious on just about everything from veggies to salads to popcorn to homemade bread recipes. Fancy bottled versions of this spice blend can be quite costly, but you can make enough to last a year easily and inexpensively, so why not mix up your own?
Get the recipe: Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning
Homemade Smoky BBQ Seasoning
It’s amazing how simple it is to create deep, smoky, spicy flavor with a simple combination of a few different herbs and spices, along with smoked paprika. Adds a great kick to pasta dishes, steak seasoning rubs, hamburgers, and any other classic grilling favorites.
Get the recipe: Homemade Smoky BBQ Seasoning
Classic Holiday Mulling Spices
Cinnamon sticks, star anise, dried oranges, and other comforting flavors come together to create holiday magic with this holiday mulling spices blend. Tie them together in a sachet or place them in a beautiful jar to give as gifts this Christmas, or drop them into a pot of simmering red wine or fresh apple cider to create memorable spiced holiday beverages.
Get the recipe: Holiday Mulling Spices
Planning for Christmas? 10 Vegan Christmas Cookies to Make This Year
Try these recipes for plant-based Christmas cookies to put together a cookie tray that everyone at your gathering can enjoy together this year! Everyone deserves delightful cookies at Christmas time, no matter what their particular dietary needs are, and if you’re the kind person who brings the cookies that everyone can enjoy, you’ll definitely be very much appreciated. Here are some of my favorite plant-based Christmas cookies that we’ve shared over the years.
Get the Recipes: 10 Easy Plant-Based Christmas Cookies
“I can’t believe that worked!” Kitchen Tricks That Save Time
Learning a new shortcut or productivity hack in the kitchen is so exciting. Here are some reader-favorite kitchen tricks that save time and money when you’re preparing and storing food. These are the ones that always seem to get pinned the most on Pinterest, or the ones that I get the most comments on when people are just thrilled that something actually worked for them the way it was supposed to. You know how great that feeling is.
Learn the Tricks: Kitchen Tricks That Save Time and Money
Make Cooking Easier this Year with Slow Cooker Recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Try these slow cooker recipes if you’re looking to make Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner preparations a whole lot easier this year! Borrow a few extra Crock Pots and spend the day relaxing instead of over a hot stove! It’s amazing the number of things that you can make in a slow cooker once you start trying things out! You can make snacks to have on hand for when friends stop by unexpectedly, delicious desserts to feed a crowd, or even a whole Christmas dinner if you have access to enough Crock Pots!
Get the Recipes: Slow Cooker Recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.