My fascination with spices and love for them has birthed a new love for mixing spices.
Sure, you can buy all kinds of spice mixtures but it is so much more fun to make custom spices at home. First, you want to start with good quality ingredients. Garbage mixed with garbage only gives you… well, you get the idea. Go to a specialty shop or farmer’s market to discover the difference between good and “meh” quality spices.
By mixing these up ahead of time and keeping them on the shelf, dinner becomes almost a no brainer, especially if you label the spice bottle with the name of the food you’re going to make. For example:
The bottle on my spice rack labeled “Crab” contains a mixture of pickling spices, whole mustard seeds, whole peppercorns, red pepper flakes, ginger and oregano. All I have to do is drop the pre-mixed spices in a boiling pot with the crab and there you have it – dinner.
This kind of spice “mixology” especially comes in handy for those who love to grill and barbeque. If you want to do it right, you definitely have to try mixing your own rub! Do it however you like, then label the bottle “Pork Shoulder” or whatever, and then when dinner time comes around, look to the spice rack and see what speaks to you!