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Hand sprinkling seasoning into sauce pan

All purpose spice blend

Use this savory blend on meat, vegetables, and more. Buy seasonings in bulk and make a couple of batches to give as gifts.

Number of servings: about 5 tablespoons
Serving size: 1/4 teaspoon


5 teaspoons onion powder

2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 1/2 teaspoons powdered mustard

1 1/4 teaspoons crushed thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery seed


Time needed: 5 minutes preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Put into an airtight container and cover. Label the container.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place, such as refrigerator or a cool cupboard.

Nutritional information

Calories 2
Total Fat: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0 g
Total Carbohydrate: 0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Total Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 0 g

Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

Depending on your taste preference, use this spice blend instead of salt to season food. Use on meat before baking, and in casseroles or soups, or add to melted margarine or butter to put on hot vegetables.

If there is a food co-op near you, check for lower prices for spices and herbs. You can buy just the amount of seasonings that you need.

This low-cost seasoning mix is a tasty replacement for commercial seasoning mixes.

Prepare this seasoning as a gift. Put it in a clean, airtight jar and add a colorful ribbon and a card with directions for using.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

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