DIY – Sauces and Seasonings

There are so many recipes out there for how to make sauces, seasonings and things yourself. I have dabbled in making a variety of things – sometimes it is cheaper, sometimes it isn’t. You do know what is going into it when you make it yourself which I think is one of the great things about doing it yourself.

Often if you look at the back of a packet and see the ingredients you realize just how simple a particular product is (minus the preservatives and additives). Learning to make seasonings, sauces and other things yourself can be really rewarding because you are then less reliant on jars of ‘stuff’.

Two of the popular ones that I do myself, and thought I would share are taco seasoning and honey mustard chicken.

Taco Seasoning Mix
2 teaspoon ground chilli powder
1 Tablespoon ground cummin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a small jar.
2. Three tablespoons of mixture equals one packet of commercial taco seasoning.

I have on occasion left out the salt and oregano and substituted garlic powder with garlic salt. It depends on what I have in my cupboard already. I don’t always use this mix as I often get taco seasoning and other Mexican food items for free, but since I keep these spices on hand it is good to have a back up.

Honey Mustard Chicken
This is not a make ahead of time sauce and it can’t be stored for long periods. I keep an eye out for cream reduced to clear and freeze it for nights we feel like eating this. Yes, it is fattening.

300ml cream
¼ cup honey
3 Tablespoons seeded mustard
1 – 2 teaspoons corn flour or plain flour

I just add it to the frying pan after the chicken is cooked instead of a jar of sauce, then simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.

We also love strawberry jam, kiwi fruit and strawberry sauce, stroganoff, paprika chicken, chicken schnitzels and kievs to name a few of the things you could buy but we make from scratch instead.

What are some of the seasoning or sauce recipes you love? If you have a blog post of your own recipe, feel free to link to it.