Spice Blends: Make your own or Buy?

Discussion in 'Herbs, Spices, Dressings, Sauces and Dips' started by cookieee, 15 Aug 2019.

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  1. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    Location:
    South Florida
    On another site I visit, they always mention commercial blends they buy. I prefer to make my own blends. How about you?
     
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Absolutely - almost 100% make my own blends. You have so much more control over the flavours. Having said this....


    .... I'm being driven insane by some garam masala I bought on a whim. It is simply fantastic and eclipses any garam masala I have had before or can make myself. I've made two attempts at replicating it using all the ingredients listed. Both times the garam masala was very good - but the bought one was better. There is a really perfumed taste in it which I think is the cinnamon - but despite roasting and grinding top grade cinnamon sticks I can't get close to it. Grrr...
     
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  3. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

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    South Florida
    What ingredients do they list on the label? I have a lot of recipes on making your own garam masala, maybe I can come close to what you want.
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I used all the ingredients on the label and the labelling laws here mean that there isn't anything left out (no secret ingredient). So, not much point in trying different recipes which include other spices. I'll look up the ingredients and post them in a bit... so you can see. Its the usual suspects. Nothing startling.
     
  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    This is the one:

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    Ingredients:
    Coriander seeds
    Dill seeds
    Cinnamon
    Ginger
    Black pepper
    Chilli
    Cardamom
    Nutmeg
    Bay leaves
     
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  6. TastyReuben

    TastyReuben Active Member

    Location:
    Ohio, US
    I generally make my own.
     
  7. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    Location:
    South Florida
    MG, in your country, do the ingredients have to be listed largest amount first and so on?
     
  8. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

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    South Florida
    Glad to know that. Do you have a favorite?
     
  9. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

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    South Florida
    Strange, I have about 30 recipes on how to make it and almost all of them call for Cumin, ground or seeds. Hey, perfect for the cumin challenge. lol
     
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  10. TastyReuben

    TastyReuben Active Member

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    Ohio, US
    Cinnamon and sugar! :D

    Seriously, the one I use the most is probably a seasoning for fajitas, but I use it for a lot of other stuff.

    Also, a blend for poultry seasoning, and a fruit pie spice blend.
     
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  11. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Don't think so - I would have to check. But these ingredients as listed on the label are not alphabetical so may be its largest first.

    Just checked:

    If a food or drink product has 2 or more ingredients (including any additives), it must list them all. Ingredients must be listed in order of weight, with the main ingredient first.
     
  12. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    @cookiee - I've edited my post to put the ingredients in the order they appear on the label. Heaviest first.
     
  13. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    Location:
    South Florida
    Is that how you have made yours? If not, maybe your's will come out tasting the way you like it now.
     
  14. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I did - but of course the weights of the spices are not given so I guessed. I did put quite a lot of cinnamon in the second time but it still doesn't have the intoxicating aroma. I will write to Sita (who is a real person!). I don't expect her to tell me - but nothing lost.
     
  15. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Even though some of the chefs offer commercial blends, I have their cookbooks and like to make my own! I love Emeril's Worcestershire recipe!
     

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