All Purpose Seasoning
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All purpose seasoning is a versatile blend of spices offering a convenient way to add flavor to foods. This recipe makes a sugar free and low or no salt seasoning. Make some for the best seasoning for any dish!
As a home cook, do you struggle to find available space to store the dried herbs and spices you use regularly? If the answer is yes, you aren’t alone! A small spice drawer or pantry can fill up quickly, especially when you love to cook.
One simple way to add space is to reduce the number of bottles you have to store. It’s easy; just combine several herbs and spices into one bottle of spice blend.
Having blends for the recipes you make often measured and ready to use is a time saving convenience. Plus, you may be able to save money, too. The truth is, packaged seasoning mixes and blends can be pricey!
Another benefit is being able to control the ingredients. This is especially true for high sodium spice blends. Instead of worrying, just make your own homemade chili seasoning, multi-purpose mexican seasoning, and fajita seasoning.
Now I want to show you how to make a blend of everyday seasoning. I use this one more than any other.
What’s in all purpose seasoning?
This blend of spices has flavors that pair well with many different cuisines, and they’re called for in the majority of recipes that I make.
It’s perfect to have on hand for flavoring everything from breakfast eggs and polenta cakes to cheesy chicken tetrazzini or a taco salad recipe.
4 Types of Seasoning Ingredients
There are 4 categories (or types) of seasonings that most chefs incorporate into their recipes. The individual ingredients all marry together in a dish to create the perfect flavor. They are:
- Sweet– This could be traditional white sugar or even a sugar substitute. In the case of all purpose seasoning, it’s sweet paprika
- Acid– Acidic ingredients naturally balance out rich and fatty foods like butter, cheese, and even salmon.
This is why you’ll often see lemon juice in a cheesecake recipe, and why I include it in my recipe for broiled salmon. The acidic spice in the all purpose seasoning is curry powder
- Pepper– A dish doesn’t need any mind-blowingly spicy seasonings, but a tiny bit of something like black pepper or cayenne improves the flavor of nearly every basic main or side dish.
- Salt– The late James Beard, a famous American chef and culinary teacher said, “Where would we be without salt?”. Without salt to balance the other flavors, the food just doesn’t come to life.
Low or No Salt Seasoning
For people who have high blood pressure or diabetes, consuming salt can be a problem. To help prevent that, I use celery salt in the all purpose spice mix instead of kosher or table salt.
As mentioned earlier, the ingredients for this spice blend recipe are the ones I use the most often. You can certainly substitute traditional salt for celery salt if you prefer.
If you need no salt seasoning, replace the celery salt with an equal amount of celery seed.
All Purpose Seasoning FAQ
As a general rule of thumb, you should replace dry spices and seasoning blends every six months. It is safe to use them for up to a year, but after 6 months, the flavor will be diminished.
For the best flavor, store your spices in covered containers and keep them in a dark, dry location.
The exact amount of a pinch varies by the size of your fingers. To calculate how much a pinch is for you, use four fingers to pinch the seasoning. Then, drop it into a measuring spoon or weigh it on a food scale to calculate the weight.
All Purpose Seasoning
- 2 tbsp celery salt (See Note 1)
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Place all seasonings in a small bowl and whisk together to combine (See Note 2). Store in an airtight jar.
- For no salt seasoning, omit the celery salt and use 1 tablespoon ground celery seed.
- I prefer to place all of the ingredients in a spice grinder and process to form a finer powder, but that’s optional.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
I’ve saved a lot of money by having a stash of Kevin’s all-purpose seasoning on hand, and in a tiny kitchen like mine, there’s not enough room for ALL the spices I want anyway.
All time favorite seasoning, like Kevin said it goes with almost anything