Salt is perhaps one of the most widely used of all seasonings and probably one of the least expensive. Pepper may be next in line and the rest I don’t really know… since I’m more of a spice girl. Seasoned salt is not something I used frequently in the past and yet, I see it listed in recipe after recipe. I also have a cabinet full of seasonings, because most recipes only call for a pinch of this & a pinch of that. Once I use up my current spice stash, I’m saving the glass bottles and am going to purchase my seasoning/spices in bulk; I wrote about purchasing items in bulk yesterday. Meanwhile, if your cabinet looks like mine, why spend money on something that you can make yourself. — Ever since I made this, I’m finding a use for it in practically everything I make.
Why didn’t I think of this sooner?? (living under that rock again) — Anyway, you can make several different flavors of seasoned salt – like lemon, mustard, basil or cayenne pepper. If you are in a hurry to season or marinade something – you could just grab your favorite seasoned salt, add a few teaspoons & voila’. How easy is that?
3 Tbl salt & 2 Tbl garlic powder = this is the base
Then, add your favorite spices — in the mix pictured above I added the following:
2 Tbl basic paprika, adds a color (I don’t owned smoked paprika, yet)
1 tbl tri-color pepper corns (from Trader Joes)
1 tbl onion powder
and a dash of cayenne pepper (need I say more)
Another option is to use salt as the base with a ratio of 1 part salt to 1 part other seasonings.
For example – use 6 tsp of salt, add 2 tsp of paprika & 4 tsp. total of “other” seasonings; adding 1/8 tsp – 1 tsp of each until you get to 4 tsp. total. (So, basically a 1 part salt, 1/3 part paprika & 2/3 other seasonings ratio for all the math wizzard/chefs out there.)
Btw, in case you have been wondering what the difference is between iodized vs. non-iodized salt, I plan to write a little tid-bit about that in the near future. I’ll include information about Kosher, Sea and other types of salt. Why is this important? Aside from water, salt is pretty high on the list of items essential to keep our bodies healthy & functioning properly.