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Time Saver Tuesday Tip – Seasoning Blends

Seasoning Blends

I mentioned seasoning blends in last Tuesday’s post, so now I’m going to chat more about it and give you a few recipes.  

My Aunt, back in Pennsylvania, periodically sends us spices since they are cheaper there and she has more variety.  One time she sent a bottle of garlic pepper salt.  My mom couldn’t see the point since she already had garlic, salt, and pepper, so she gave the bottle to me.  

I started using it and realized that it was a step saver, especially when I was tired and didn’t feel like being a creative cook.  Then, it dawned on me that Paula Deen’s House Seasoning was just her variation of garlic pepper salt. (She is one of my favorite TV cooks; real food, not fancy-schmancy)  This was a way to put things on automatic; even more important when I learned my tiredness was a symptom of a more serious illness – the less I had to think about the better.  Cooking chops or chicken?  Just sprinkle and go.  Frying chicken or fish?  Add some seasoning to the flour or bread crumbs and you are ready to go.  

I tinkered with the ratio of Garlic, Salt, and Pepper that I liked, then I started adding seasonings to go with the foods I cook most often for my family.  The following recipes are the result.  Feel free to improvise according to your family’s taste; season meat or poultry before you freeze it and it will be ready to cook when it thaws out.  

Base Seasoning Blend

5 minutes

Yield: ~1 1/2 cups

Calories per serving: 0

Fat per serving: 0

a time-saving, all-purpose seasoning blend



  1. Measure all of the ingredients into a 1 gallon size zip seal bag and seal. (save yourself a headache and get the bags that are easy to seal; you could also just whisk it together in a mixing bowl.)
  2. Shake the bag until the ingredients are well mixed. (once you are sure the bag is sealed, you can have your kids do the shaking for you.)
  3. Pour into an empty spice shaker or salt shaker and you are ready to go. If there is more left than will fit into your shaker, keep it in zip-seal bag and refill as needed.
  4. *If you would like more seasoning and less salt, increase the garlic powder to 1/2 cup and the pepper to 1/3 cup.
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Here are some Variations:

Seasoning Blend Variations


    For a Lawry’s-type All Purpose Seasoning salt
  • Base Seasoning Blend (above)
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. organic Sugar or WheyLow
  • 1 Tbsp. Parsley flakes, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp. ground Celery Seed or Celery salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • For Poultry Seasoning
  • Base Seasoning Blend (above)
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. ground Sage
  • 1 Tsp. ground Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric


  1. Directions as above. Make sure to label the bags or bottles so that you remember which blend is which.
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Have fun with these; feel free to adjust these as you like.  If you don’t like garlic, change it to onion powder.  If you like a little kick, add some cayenne pepper.  Make your own blend, call it Margie’s Chicken Seasoning  (use your own name of course ;-) ) and give it to your friends.

More Later,


PS:  Let me know what kinds of seasoning blends your family likes to use in the comments section below – Thanks. 

  • saving money ideas

    I like your info this is very good thanks

    • http://www.DavetteBrown.com Davette Brown

      Thanks for stopping by. My recipe plugin is acting up, but the developer is working on it. If it can’t be fixed, I’ll edit the post to put in the recipes manually. Check back.

  • Erin

    I use Paula Deen’s house seasoning too! I love it.

    • http://www.DavetteBrown.com Davette Brown

      It sure is handy since in our house garlic, salt, and pepper go in almost everything (that isn’t sweet anyway).