Make Your Own Poultry Seasoning with Spice Rack Staples

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What do you do when a recipe calls for “poultry seasoning” and you don’t have any, but you do have a pantry cabinet full of regular, unblended spices?

Make your own, of course! It’s a really simple recipe.

Do you making a recipe calling for poultry seasoning but have none on hand? Never fear! It's easy to make with common spices and a mortar and pestle. Get the inside scoop on Foodal now.

Full disclosure – that’s exactly why this guide now exists. I was making a recipe that required poultry seasoning – I had none on hand, and didn’t feel like running to the store for the umpteenth time today.

Screw it, I’ll make my own! Can’t be that hard.

What’s In It?

Dried sage and thyme make up the bulk of the flavor with their highly aromatic aroma and woodsy overtones. Most often, poultry seasoning also includes nutmeg, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and black pepper.

Commercial and DIY blends often incorporate other spices such as celery seeds, allspice, dried and ground ginger, lemon peel, savory, parsley, oregano, dried onion, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, dried and ground bell pepper, and/or cloves.

What Else Can I Use It On?

You may be saying to yourself, “Self, I really just need a dash. Can I make a smaller portion?”

Sure you can. Just cut our recipe down by a half or a quarter. But keep in mind: there are also lots of other recipes and entrees that this spice blend could… well, spice up!

Do you have a cupboard full of spices but no poultry seasoning? Never fear, common spices make up this recipe. Get it now on Foodal!

The main purpose of this spice blend is to flavor up chicken, turkey, and stuffing. But it may also be used to add a little lift to red meats, veggies, savory pies, soups and stews, and many other savory dishes.

I find that when I’m trying to throw together a weeknight meal in a rush, a bit of poultry seasoning keeps me from having to dig through various bottles on my spice rack to come up with a good flavor combination.

McCormick Culinary Poultry Seasoning available on Amazon

A commercial blend is nice to have on hand though, and I’d recommend keeping a large 12-ounce bottle of McCormick’s in your spice cabinet for a quick and easy solution (and the big bottles are about 5x less expensive than buying those small containers).

The Recipe

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Basic Poultry Seasoning
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A quick and easy way to make your own poultry seasoning in a pinch. A great alternative to store-bought.
Servings Prep Time
65 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
65 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
A mortar full of fully ground homemade poultry seasoning | Foodal
Basic Poultry Seasoning
Votes: 3
Rating: 4.67
You: 4
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
A quick and easy way to make your own poultry seasoning in a pinch. A great alternative to store-bought.
Servings Prep Time
65 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
65 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground dried sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon course ground black pepper or peppercorns
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Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Reduce to a powder in a mortar and pestle.

Nutritional Info*

Nutrition Facts
Basic Poultry Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.04g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 0.2mg 0%
Potassium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0.3g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 0.02g
Protein 0.05g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Measure and Mix

Measure out all of the basic spices. Add any other optional varieties that you’d like to incorporate.

Small piles of different spices and herbs on a white ceramic plate | Foodal

Use a fork to thoroughly blend the spices together.

A fork mix herbs and spices together on a white ceramic plate | Foodal

Step 2 – Grind with a Mortar and Pestle

Dump the mixture into a mortar and grind with a pestle for a minute or two until the blend is mostly powdered.

A close up of a mortar and pestle grinding up poultry seasoning | Foodal

In a pinch, you can use an electric spice grinder or a blade style coffee grinder to process the blend, but I find that a mortar and pestle does a better job with getting all of the ingredients to a more powdered state.

Step 3 – Seal and Store

Place your powder into an airtight container (pill bottles work well for this, as do many of these storage containers intended for tea) and store in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight. Light and air are killers of the aromatics in spices.

A mortar full of fully ground homemade poultry seasoning | Foodal

How about you? Do you have any ideas for using or making poultry seasoning? Be sure to let us and other readers know in the comments below.

Also, be sure to check out all of our spice and herb articles now.


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Are you in the middle of a recipe and find out that you need poultry seasoning? But you don't have any on hand? Don't fret or make an extra trip to the store. Make your own right at home in your own kitchen with this super simple combination. Get it now on Foodal!

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About Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn spent 20 years in the US Army and traveled extensively all over the world. As part of his military service, Mike sampled coffee and tea from all virtually every geographic region, from the beans from the plantation of an El Salvadorian Army Colonel to "Chi" in Iraq to Turkish Coffee in the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spent nearly a decade in the Republic of Korea where he was exposed to all forms of traditional teas. Mike formerly owned and operated Cup And Brew, an online espresso and coffee equipment retail operation.

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