Basic Recipes: Home-made Spice Mix

Your local Community Co-op carries a wide choice of bulk organic foods, including fresh spices and herbs. Search this directory to find  one in your area. 


Why would you want to use a spice mix?

  • picture of spices

    Our Spice Rack. Keep spices sealed tightly in 2 oz. bottles or 8 oz. jars.

    There would be no need to have 50 different herbs & spices in your cupboard.

  • There would be no need to have 25 different herbs and spices plus a substitution chart in your cupboard.
  • You would be able to have just a few spice mixes in your cupboard.
  • Your spice mixes would usually be fresh and flavorful, especially if purchased at your local food co-op. They replenish the bins often.
  • Spice mixes are easy to make and use.

Italian and Tex-Mex are very common spice mixes for Mediterranean and Southwest cuisine and available in most stores.  You may need to find a specialty grocer for Asian five spice, Chaat Masala and Cajun spice mixes. You will need to make your own “Herb Bouquet” because it is my variation of Herbemare.

Here is the recipe for Herb Bouquet. More mixes to follow so stay tuned.

 Before making spice mixes, consider these ideas:

  1. Most true chefs would use whole seeds, roast and crush them to get the most flavor. Many Pre-ground spices lose flavor when exposed to air.
  2. It may be simpler to buy organic bulk spice mixes from a Food Co-op or Whole Foods store.
  3. When making it yourself, you control the taste and hotness.


Herb Bouquet
Yields 1
Herbemare, an all seasoning mix is expensive and actually a seasoned salt. Make-it-yourself Herb Bouquet uses less salt and parsley while letting other spice flavors take center stage.
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  1. 2Tbs sea salt
  2. 1Tbs dried parsley
  3. 2 tsp onion powder
  4. 2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp rosemary
  6. 1 tsp thyme
  7. 1 tsp basil
  8. 1 tsp marjoram
  9. Optional: celery seed, red pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mortar (heavy bowl)
  2. grind with a pestle (back of spoon) until finely mixed
  3. Place in an air-tight glass jar.
  1. If your soup seems bland, toss in a teaspoon of Herb Bouquet and simmer a bit. Use it on steamed and roasted veggies.
  2. Feel free to adjust quantities. We like onion and garlic so we added more to this recipe.
Adapted from Herbemare
Adapted from Herbemare
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About Don R

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Retired teacher. Multiple successful business endeavors including screen printing / sporting goods business, executive director of a Boys & Girls Club, commercial fishing, and co-founding an alternative high school. Interests include family, hiking, cooking, Parkinson's research and developing an educational cooking program.