Make Your Own Spice Mixes

Some of my most used mixes in Witch Hazel’s Kitchen, along with my list of herbs and spices and their magickal properties

We all know that herbs and spices really make a meal, often taking it from bland to fantastic, but have you ever made your own spice mix?

There are many ready-made spice mixes you can buy at the supermarket from simple mixed herbs to ras-el-hanout, but they can be expensive for the amount of product you get. Often you’ll have all the ingredients in your spice rack already, so it’s really easy to make your own batch instead of buying another jar.

Another great thing about mixing your own blends is you can personalise them to your tastes and requirements. If you’re not sure where to start, check the ingredients on your favourite mixes; you’ll get an idea of what to include, and while there won’t be a recipe as such just remember everything will be listed in descending order.

If you want more inspiration there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest, and you’ll often find copycat recipes, so if you’ve ever wanted to make your own KFC you’ll be able to – I made some with hot smoked paprika to give it a kick, a bit like a Zinger burger.

Another source is cookbooks; a lot of chefs include herb and spice mixes often grouped together either at the start or end of the book, or even a whole chapter.

So what are some good mixes to make? That depends on the cuisine you like to cook, but there are some basics I think you could benefit from.

Firstly a good sweet mix, often including Christmassy spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. These add great flavours to apple pies, stewed fruits and crumble toppings.

Moving on to savoury dishes, I like to have a good all-rounder. This can be your version of classic mixed herbs or Italian seasoning, or something a little different like the Stormcloak seasoning from the Skyrim Cookbook, which goes fantastically sprinkled over sautéed vegetables, chicken breasts or fattier meats like pork chops or steaks.

Next up it’s great to make something a little more specialised. If you’re a meat lover then a steak rub is a great addition to your collection, and if you like spicy food then by making your own chilli blend you can cater to your own palette or that of your family.

Of course I am also a hearth witch, so I sometimes make up blends for kitchen magick, for example a savoury protection mix might contain garlic powder, basil, bay leaves, oregano, sage and pepper, while a sweet protection mix could contain cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and star anise. In fact if you’re interested in adding a bit of magick to your cooking you can get a copy of my own list of herbs and spices and their magickal blends by clicking here and filling in your name and email address. Not only will I send you a link to download the document, but each month I’ll send you a quick update on what’s going on, what recipes have gone live and what’s new on my main website

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