Fall has officially started and the sweet scent of pumpkin spice has hit just about every snack you can buy at the grocery store. But what about the real thing? Pumpkin pie is a must-have for this time of year and the famous blend of spices is super easy to mix in your own kitchen.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by spices, especially blends. But it’s really as simple as trial and error. Mix your favorite spices, see what you like and what you don’t. As for pumpkin pie spice, all you need is the following:
- 3 tbs cinnamon
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
There is more than one reason to make this spice at home. First, you can grind up your own spices and make a very fresh blend. Also, in the long run, blending your spices is a great way to save money in the kitchen. Plus, once you have this awesome autumn blend on hand, you can add it to a multitude of recipes: cookies, lattes, mixed drinks, cake and more.
If you are blending your own spices, the most important factor is the storage. You want to keep spices in a sturdy, airtight container. This recently updated Spice Container from Progressive is the perfect solution. This BPA-free spice jar is made to hold up to 1 1/2 cups (that equals about a full standard sized box of baking soda, for perspective.) A silicone lip and a latching lid create a trusty airtight seal — but the best part of this container is found inside. A dual dusting screen and leveler comes together in one, removable piece. This inert is a dusting screen, but can be slid open to reveal a leveler. So whether you’re just adding a sprinkle of spice or need an exact measurement for a recipe, this jar is all you need. Plus, all pieces are dishwasher safe. What’s not to like?
Looking to spice up your pumpkin pie recipe further? Consider these alternative flavors: