When I wanted to make my Crab Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers (how’s that for a teaser?!) I wanted to use some Old Bay Seasoning. Well, I have some at home (probably ancient – I DO live in the Midwest, after all) but none here at the folk’s. In the middle of nowhere. In South Dakota. It’s rather dry here, not to mention landlocked with very few lakes.
Rather than run into the city, I thought I’d try my hand at my own blend – and ended up pretty pleased. I don’t have any actual Old Bay on hand to compare, but this is a super nice blend. I basically went down the list on the back of an Old Bay can and used a little common sense on the amounts.
I used a mix of whole (I keep a lot of spices I don’t use often in whole form because they retain their flavor) and dried and then just ground it all up in what I assume might be my Step Sister’s Coffee Grinder. (Sorry Sis!! I feel bad but it was for a good cause!)
I keep a grinder at home just for spices so the flavors don’t carry over to the morning coffee. But I did clean the grinder out well by tapping it out and then grinding up several pieces of bread, then giving it all a wipe with a damp cloth and leaving it open to air. Hope that does the trick! We’ll see!!
So are you a big user of Old Bay? What do you use it on or in? I’m pretty inspired by this buzzfeed article. And of course, I welcome any comments or suggestions on this blend.
Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (use less if using table salt)
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon bay leaves (this took about 7 or so leaves)
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice berries
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Good pinch of cinnamon
Grind whole spices, mix all spices together. Store in a small, airtight jar away from the light. Makes about 3 tablespoons.
from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com
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!
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