A few years ago, I started making my own all-purpose seasoning. Why? Because I got tired of buying small jars of the stuff for a few dollars a pop and because I learned that many of those spice blends contain additives, fillers, preservatives, and other yucky things I'd prefer to have in my body. I'd also learned about the staleness and poor quality of the ingredients in many of theses blends by the time they reach store shelves. Since part of committing to radical self-care is about becoming more aware of what consume, I decided to make my own healthier version of an all-purpose seasoning. Now, I can never go back to the old stuff.
For starters, it is way less expensive! Buying in bulk means you spend less on fresher goods, reduce waste by not paying for yet another spice jar, and you can tailor your blend to your own needs. I buy my spices in bulk at my local herb store but you can also purchase bulk spices at your local natural grocery store or online at Rose Mountain Herbs.
I use my blend for everything from popcorn to roasted veggies and beyond. I've also gotten more than a few friends and family members addicted to it. I use all organic ingredients and quality sea or Himalayan salt. You can decide how much salt you want to include. The recipe below suggests one cup of salt, but if you are on a reduced sodium diet, you can lower it to half a cup or omit it completely. The cumin and paprika make the seasoning for me, adding unexpected notes of warmth and spice. That said, if you prefer some spices over others, feel free to play with your own ratios or omit the flavors you don't enjoy. What I offer here is simply my go-to seasoning recipe that enhances everything I cook.
1 cup sea salt
1/2 cup pepper
1/4 cup cumin powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/2 cup garlic powder
1/8 cup chile powder
1/8 cup paprika
Combine ingredients in bowl and stir well until combined. Store in airtight container. Makes a little less than three cups. Enjoy!
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