How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Over the last few weeks, I have been dehydrating a ton of herbs from my backyard garden. Growing fresh herbs is fairly easy but they don’t last long once the weather cools off.  That means I spend a lot of time drying them during the summer.  I decided to make homemade Italian seasoning this week with a few of the dried herbs I have grown.  I have so much oregano, basil, and rosemary that I don’t know what I am going to do with it all.  But, when I read a recipe for a classic Italian dish, it often calls for ‘Italian Seasoning Blend’.  Which, of course, I would then have to go out and buy. I realized I had most of the ingredients in my pantry already so I decided to save some money and make it from scratch.

Make Homemade Italian Seasoning

Most of the herb and spice blends on the market today are made with a simple collection of ingredients.  Mixed in different combinations, I have tried my hand at making homemade cajun seasoning, an easy ranch dressing mix, and even a tasty nacho popcorn seasoning.  Making a few pantry staples from scratch is a great way to save money.  Homemade Italian Seasoning is simply a blend of a few key Italian spices with a few other simple ingredients.  No need to run to the store in an emergency if you have an otherwise well-stocked pantry.

Since Italian food is a staple in my house, we will be going through this spice mix rather quickly.  If you do make homemade Italian seasoning, check the expiration dates on the individual spices you use.  The earliest expiration date that you find will be the expiration date you should put on your homemade Italian seasoning.  It will only stay fresh as long as the oldest spice in your mix does. Check out Snapguide for recipes using Italian Seasoning.

Make Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

Homemade Italian Seasoning

How to Make Homemade Italian Seasoning
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Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Store in an airtight container and use as needed in recipes.
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