I have a life outside of getting a meal on the table nightly and I do use some pre-mixed spices. Good ones are wonderful, and they save a ton of time. My favorites most often come from Penzey's, and I am forever indebted to them that their sweet curry powder is so delicious, and allows my no-spicy-food-spouse tiny taste of Indian spice.
|I (and a few meals) have been saved by this delicious|
pre-made spice mix.
Now that's not to say that I've never made my own. I've made copious amounts of my own BBQ rub, have ground proper curry spices just before blooming them in hot oil, and have made more than my share of other concoctions for kitchen consumption. Those bags and bottles, however, of good quality commercially made spice mixtures will always have a home in my spice cabinet.
There is only one spice mixture that I absolutely refuse to buy pre made and that's "Pumpkin Pie Spice". there is nothing too exotic there and for whatever reason, it always costs a fortune in tiny jars. We are approaching the serious Fall baking season ( which precedes the Christmas Baking Frenzy here) Puh-leeze. You can make it in a flash, you've probably already got every spice you need in the pantry and you can make it taste the way you want --rich, earthy, spicy or sweet. It's also cheap and easy....we won't go further with that line, shall we? But it tastes much better freshly made. Try it please.
Cheap & Easy Custom Pumpkin Pie SpiceNote: You can vary this in any way you wish, more or less (or none) of any item there, except for perhaps cinnamon. That has to be there. Otherwise, it's your "do".
2T ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves
1T ground ginger
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. nground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground mace
Mix well and store airtight.