Way back at Christmas time, I mixed up some of my favorite seasoning blends to give to a few friends as gifts. I kept a set for myself as well, I've been using and enjoying mine, and I hope my friends have as well. This is such a great thing to do, any time of year. It takes so little time to make up a bunch, and then you have seasoning mixes in your cabinet with no mystery ingredients. I did three blends: taco seasoning, chicken rub, and a spicy seasoned salt. And I love all three.
Homemade taco seasoning is obviously great for tacos - just sprinkle a little or a lot on your meat as it's cooking. But it's also a great seasoning for soups, or an easy way to make a quick dip or spread - just mix it into a container of sour cream or cream cheese. Here is my taco seasoning recipe that I've shared before.
The chicken rub is a recipe from one of my favorite food blogs - 100 Days of Real Food. I use her recipe for The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot all the time, and this is the seasoning rub from that recipe, except that I add a little cumin to mine. I love this rub because it has great flavor, and the paprika and cumin give the chicken (and resulting chicken stock) a really great color too. For these jars, I just took her basic recipe and multiplied it by a lot.
And last - a slightly spicy seasoned salt. I'll admit freely that I'm a salt addict. I love all kinds of salt, and I loved salt blends with different flavors and seasonings. For as long as I can remember, I've loved seasoned salt, so I wanted to try to make one. I've always been a big fan of Lawry's, and of Tony Chacheres. I searched the web to get some ideas, and mixed my own. And I wrote it all down on a piece of paper as I was mixing, so that I could share what I came up with.... and..... I can't find it. Darn it. So, you'll have to wait on that one. I'll make more when I use up what I've got, and I will write it down again. There are lots of recipes available out there, so look around and see what you like. I think the one I started with was close to this - but I didn't use any sugar. I love to sprinkle seasoned salt on an avocado, or cottage cheese, or mix in a chicken salad or egg salad, or on eggs. I made mine just slightly spicy, enough to give a little kick after a few bites, but not enough to overwhelm.
And the jars I used were just little canning jars.