Spice it up

It is convenient to have your own blends of mixed spices on hand in the kitchen for home cooking. I find the mixes sold at the store are overpriced and some have undesirable additives to increase there shelf life. By mixing your own spices, you can control how much of each ingredient is added and alter the recipe for your own tastes.

Cajun Spice is a blend of salt, ground peppers, and other ingredients that creates a spicy mix.  I am sure that every one has their own idea of what is contained in Cajun Spice. I think that is fun to personalize your spice recipes; you can make them your own. You can alter a base recipe’s ingredients to suite your preference by adding more or less spice.

Cajun Spice is great for use in a variety of cooking: seasoning meats, roasting vegetables, toppings for ramen soup, and slow cooking stews among others. Basically, it adds a unique spicy flavor to any bland and boring dish.

I have been using this Cajun Spice mix recipe that we found on the internet a few years ago on RecipeSource.com. I like this recipe because it is not too spicy for my sensitive palate. It takes a bit of initial investment up front if you do not already have an extensive spice cabinet. There are a few unique ingredients like onion powder and ground white pepper that I did not have before trying this recipe. I find this mix to be worth it in the long run because of how much we use it in our everyday cooking. This mix can be stored for up to four months. I have had no problem using it past four months. I just follow my mom’s advice: if the spice is old just add more of it.


Cajun Spice Mix  from RecipeSource.com

1/4 cup of salt


2 tbsp. cayenne pepper

2 tbsp. paprika

1 1/2 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. freshly ground white pepper

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. ground mustard

1/8 tsp ground cloves


Add all of the ingredients into a small canning jar that can contain at least one cup. 



Carefully stir the ingredients until well mixed.


Add a tight lid to the jar and store in a cool dry place like you would with other spices.


2 thoughts on “Spice it up

  1. Rainy just let me know if you need some spices for your spice mixes. Chances are I have them, even though they will probably be old!

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