I know I can’t be the only person that doesn’t keep every possible spice blend in the house. Take Italian Seasoning. That’s a blend that I use maybe every few years. I occasionally come across a recipe that calls for it, but instead of running out to the store to buy a bottle of Italian Seasoning, I make it myself at home. This means I make only as much as I need and I can customize the blend as I want.
What’s in Italian Seasoning?
Italian Seasoning is a pretty basic mix of Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme. You include equal parts of each spice, so if you want to make a lot you could use a few tablespoons of each ingredient, or go down to as little as a pinch of each. It’s really up to you!
How Can I Customize Italian Seasoning?
Since you’re mixing your own ingredients together to make this Italian Seasoning blend you can easily increase, decrease or even completely eliminate any of the spices. If you’d like to include additional spices, that’s easy as well! Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt and Black Pepper are all good additions to Italian Seasoning.
Do I Need to Use a Mortar and Pestle?
No! You absolutely do not need to use a Mortar and Pestle. This is a personal preference. I have a new one I haven’t used, so I was excited to break it out. It also drives me a bit crazy when Rosemary is huge in my recipes, so I ground it all up together for a more seamless spice blend.
How Do I Store My Spice Blend For Later?
If you have leftover spices I would store it in an airtight container so it stays fresh longer. A ziplock works, or if you have an empty spice jar that is also good!
Italian Seasoning is a generic term for a blend of spices. There's no reason to run to the store to buy it! Here's how to make your own.
- 1 tbsp Basil
- 1 tbsp Marjoram
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- 1 tbsp Rosemary
- 1 tbsp Thyme
Mix all of the spices together well. If desired, grind with a mortar and pestle.
Note that you can change the amount of the spices you mix to easily customize this blend! Consider adding other ingredients such as garlic powder, salt or pepper.