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DIY Homemade Gifts

For those hard-to-buy-for people in your life, an easy homemade gift can be a wonderful surprise. Many of the pre-made store bought herb and spice blends can be expensive and contain additives or anti-caking agents that some may not appreciate. Fortunately, spice mixes are very easy to make at home and you can make many different spice blends using only a few essential herbs that you may actually already have in your home. By making gourmet spice blends, your recipient would appreciate your beautiful DIY homemade gifts. Also, having a quality spice blend at home can make even the most picky of vegetable eaters enjoy their meal.

Easy DIY Homemade Gifts

Each of the recipes listed yield 1 cup of dry mix each and these spice blends make for some delicious DIY homemade gifts. I highly recommend purchasing the highest quality ingredients that you can afford. Whether you’re gifting one spice mix, or the whole set, be sure to include a hand-written note of the added ways your recipient can use their spice mixes, such as in a dip or in salad dressing.

DIY Homemade Gift Spice Mix
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Garlic & Chive Spice Mix

This delicious garlic and chive spice mix is great on top of meats!

Course Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp dried chives
  • 5 tbsp dried garlic
  • 3 tbsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the spices together and finish off with a bow!

DIY Homemade Gifts Spice Mix
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Spicy Indian Inspired Spice Mix

This mix is great on steaks or adding a dimension to your broths.

Course Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix your spices together and fill into your jar of choice. Finish off with a bow!

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Crazy Herb Spice Mix

The herb mix is a wonderful addition to any poultry dish.

Course Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp dried basil
  • 3 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix your spices together and fill into your jar of choice. Finish off with a bow!

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Turkish Inspired Spice Mix

This Turkish inspired spice mix would be great rub on lamb or delicious addition to a vegetable dip.

Course Seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp dried mint
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Mix your spices together and fill into your jar of choice. Finish off with a bow!

These spice mixes are a wonderful way of adding flavour to any dish without adding extra calories. Any of the above spice mixes can actually be turned into a dressing or a dip as well with the addition of just a few extra ingredients.

Make your spice mix into a dressing!

If you’re looking for a deliciously inexpensive homemade dressing for your salad, simply combine your spice mix with a few extra ingredients. Shake 2 tablespoons of the spice mix with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water in a jar. Shake thoroughly and serve immediately. This yields 1 cup of dressing.

Make your spice mix into a dip!

This homemade dip is free of additives and is a great way to whip up something quick when company arrives unexpectedly. Combine 2 tablespoons of mix with 3/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of sour cream and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix thoroughly and keep refrigerated if not serving immediately. This yields 1 cup of dip.