Culinary Herb Mixtures

Culinary Herb Mixtures

This project is excerpted from Gifts For Herb Lovers: Over 50 Projects To Make & Give.

Herb lovers can create and give herbal body cream, herb-printed notecards, herbal vinegar, an herb drying rack, and much more.

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These herb mixtures are but a tiny sampling of the many combinations you can create for the kitchen. Offered as gifts for friends with no time to cook, these blends are sure to be appreciated for their freshness, flavor, and ease of use.


Thyme and Seasons Curry Blend

You will need:

4 tablespoons dried coriander
2 tablespoons ground turmeric
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground fenugreek
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons ground dried red chilies
3/4 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

To make:

Blend ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Store in an airtight jar away from heat. Use with meats, poultry, eggs, combined with peanut butter or coconut milk for a Thai flavor, or as a condiment on the side.

Yield: Makes about 2/3 cup

The Rosemary House's Seed Blend

You will need:

6 tablespoons whole allspice berries
6 tablespoons black peppercorns
3 tablespoons green peppercorns
3 tablespoons whole mustard seed
3 tablespoons whole coriander seed
2 tablespoons whole fennel seed
2 tablespoons whole dill seed
2 tablespoons white peppercorns
1 tablespoon pine peppercorns (optional)
1 tablespoon dried chili peppers

To make:

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container or a pepper mill. Grind as needed. Use on vegetables, stews and egg dishes.

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

No-Salt Mix

You will need:

6 tablespoons dried dulse seaweed
3 tablespoons kelp powder
3 tablespoons onion granules or flakes
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried lemon zest

To make:

Grind all ingredients together in a food processor. Store in an airtight container, or keep in a pepper mill for use at the table. Add other aromatic herbs as desired.

Yield: Makes about 3/4 cup

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