You will pay anywhere from $3-5 bucks, and if you look at the list of ingredients, you will discover that salt leads the list, and that means that it is by volume the largest ingredient.
If you are lucky enough to have a store when you can buy spices and herbs in bulk, then you can save a ton by making your own spice and herb mixes.
Surely, most of the time fresh herbs are preferable to dried, but when it comes to mixes, that is not usually worthwhile.
This is pretty much a standard Cajun/Creole (there is a difference but I haven’t a clue exactly what that is) mix and it is just great to have handy.
- 2 tsp paprika (preferably smoky, but do get fresh and the best you can afford)
- 2 tsp garlic (I prefer granulated, but NEVER garlic salt, rather than powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion (again, granulated, NEVER onion salt)
- 1 tsp cayenne (adjust to your taste for heat)
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- Mix it all together and store in an air tight opaque container, out of sunlight.
Notes: See tips and Tricks for more ideas about spices and herbs. Also, the amounts are suggestions, if you dislike a particular thing, use less or none. Or substitute such as chipotle for cayenne.
- Cajun Seasoning Mix (aminerecipes.com)