Do most kitchens have a jar of seasoning salt tucked away somewhere? For years, I didn’t – it was a deep suspicion of the ingredients that held me back as well as the rather “generic” flavor.
I have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet and generally work at customizing flavors in a recipe – it was when my son was on his own and visiting home that the lack of seasoning salt in my cupboard came up.
See, he doesn’t really use “recipes” but “wings it” and had picked up from friends and restaurants he’s worked at that a little seasoning salt can do wonders on things like hamburgers, chicken, steak or just about anything grilled. He also sprinkles it on things that he breads and fries, like chicken, and he really likes it sprinkled over potatoes.
Maybe an old dog can learn a new (or in this case, old) trick. I wondered if it was just habit or pure snobbishness on my part that has kept this simple seasoning at bay, and came up with my own “house blend.”
No MSG or strange ingredients, here. 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch may be added, too, to prevent caking if you’d like. Feel free to fiddle!
Home-made Seasoning Salt
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pepper to taste, suggest 1 tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Mix together. If desired, crush celery seed first. Store in a jar with a shaker, tightly lidded.
If you’d like to see more of my spice & herb blends, check out Spice, Herb & Flavor Packet Substitutes. I’m adding as I go along!