Instead of purchasing spice blends, such as Italian seasoning and pumpkin pie spice, you can easily make your own with a few simple ingredients. Doing so can save money and cabinet space.

Italian Seasoning

This is a great mix to use on homemade pizza or lasagna, as well as many other dishes!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. dried basil

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary

Steps:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small container and store for up to six months.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instead of buying pumpkin pie spice for dishes that you’ll only use a little bit of the blend for, why not make a small batch for your autumn dessert cooking?

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)

Steps:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small container and store for up to six months.

Medieval Spice Blends?

Want to do some historical cooking? Two of the most popular spice blends in the middle ages were known as poudre douce (“sweet powder”) and poudre forte (“strong powder”).

A famous cookbook from about 1300, Le Viandier, gives a recipe for poudre forte:

“Grind ginger (4 parts), Cassia (3 1/2 parts) nutmeg (2 parts) pepper  (1 1/2 parts), long pepper, cloves, grains of paradise and galingale (1 part each)” (Prescott, James. (1989) le Viandier de Taillevent, 14th Century Cookery, Based on the Vatican Library Manuscript. Alfarhaugr Publishing Society, Eugene, Oregon, Second Edition)

For the modern cook, procuring cassia, grains of paradise, and galingale may be no easy task. Luckily, food blogger “AuntiePasto” has a nice, well-researched recipe with good, easily found ingredient substitutions for these blends here:

Poudre Douce and Poudre Fort – Auntie Pasto