Homemade Jerk Seasoning

Homemade Jerk Seasoning

Homemade Jerk Seasoning

About this Recipe

One of the easiest ways to change up a BBQ is to swap out your regular seasonings. Jerk Seasoning is a delicious blend of aromatic spices giving a full depth with a little smoke and a tiny hint of spice. It’s fantastic to rub into meats as a marinade or even to try sprinkled on large pineapple slices before you add them to the BBQ. This homemade Jerk seasoning is easy to mix up with the added advantage that you can make it to suit your family preferences.

Homemade Jerk Seasoning ingredients and wooden spoons

Why is homemade jerk seasoning so good?

With homemade seasoning, you cut out all the additives, preservatives and coloring. You can keep salt / sodium to the level that you are happy with for your family too. If you don’t like cinnamon you can cut it out. If you prefer a more smoky seasoning? No problem – just swap the salt for smoked salt or increase the quantity of smoked paprika.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons allspice berries (crushed finely)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cloves (crushed finely)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • A good grinding of black pepper

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Grind the allspice berries until they are fine – add to a small bowl.

Homemade jerk seasoning - ground spices in a bowl

Step 2

Grind the cloves until they are a fine powder and add to the spice bowl.

Step 3

Add all the other spices and mix very well until evenly combined.

How to use homemade jerk seasoning

This delicious homemade jerk seasoning is delicious rubbed on chicken, vegetables or even fruit as a marinade before adding them to the BBQ. Cold jerk chicken is perfect cut into strips for a picnic and it’s delicious in a summer salad. If it’s not a BBQ type of night, try the seasoning sprinkled over a pork loin, wrapped in foil / aluminum wrap and cooked in the oven with a touch of apple juice to add moisture.

Homemade Jerk Seasoning used to season Jerk Chicken

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

About this Recipe

This homemade nutty maple granola is tasty, healthy and full of whole food ingredients. It’s easy to make, great as a breakfast or snack with milk, kefir or try topping with yogurt and fruit. Sprinkle some over baked fruit and you have a speedy dessert! Make a big batch to keep on hand or send some in the mail as a welcome treat to family or friends.  This nutty granola is sure to become a family favourite!

Homemade Nutty Maple Granola

Ingredients for 2 large bags

 

  • 2 mugs whole almonds
  • 1 mug cashews
  • 4 mugs oats
  • 2 mugs pumpkin seeds
  • 2 mugs sunflower seeds
  • 1 mug flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 mugs raisins or sultanas

Why homemade?

There are so many fantastic reasons to make your own granola. Firstly you get to choose what ingredients you like best. Do you prefer walnuts to cashews or cranberries to raisins? Choosing the ingredients puts you in control because there is no hidden sugar or preservatives and you can control the amount of salt or fat. If like me, you get through a LOT of granola, then you can save time by making as much as you like. This recipe makes 2 large baking trays worth of granola.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 190 °C / 375°F.​ Add the almonds to a food processor and blitz until they are broken to your preference (I like mine just about cut in half).​  Next add the cashews and blitz again. (Cashews are softer than the almonds so need less chopping).

Cashews and Almonds

Step 2

Add all the nuts, seeds, oats, and salt to a very large mixing bowl. In a saucepan gently heat the maple syrup and coconut oil and warm until the coconut oil has fully melted.​

Step 3

Pour the syrup and coconut oil mix over your bowl of seeds, nuts and oats. Stir well, until fully coated – you should notice a slight sheen on the pumpkin seeds. Don’t add raisins at this point as baking them will make them too dry​.

Step 4

Divide the granola into two large baking trays.​ It’s best to keep a good eye on the granola – checking often – as it’s easy to overcook and burn the granola.​

Bake for 15 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, swapping the shelves the trays are on.​  Bake for another 10 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, swapping the shelves the trays are on.  Bake for another ​10 minutes – remove and stir the tray of granola, again swapping the shelves the trays are on.​ Bake for about 5 more minutes – check that the granola has a golden brown / toasted look. If the granola still looks pale, bake a little longer.​ Cool the trays of granola on cooling racks and add the raisins once cool. Store in an airtight container.

Baking tray

Alternatives

Try cranberries instead of raisins, or add toasted coconut pieces, or small chunks of date or dried apricot. Add any of the fruit or coconut after baking the oat, seed and nut mix. Change up the almonds and cashews for pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts. Love cinnamon? Go ahead and add a teaspoon to each baking tray.

Thoughtful edible gifts

There is nothing nicer than a delicious, handmade gift. This nutty maple granola makes a wonderful gift to send to your college / university loved one, or as a tasty Christmas or birthday present. It would make a wonderful hostess gift too!

Granola in a brown bag
Granola in a glass jar

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

About this Recipe

Once you make your own homemade taco seasoning, you will never look back. It’s easy to mix up and you can adapt the recipe until it’s perfect for your family. Keep it ready to go in the store cupboard or make spice jar gifts for a hostess present or stocking filler. This taco seasoning is so versatile, you can use it in all your favourite Mexican recipes, as a rub or add it to a homemade soup!

Homemade Taco seasoning in jar

Ingredients

Yields – spice for one family meal

  • 1 – 2 tsp chili powder (depending on the strength of powder and how hot you like it!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Simply mix together, taste and adapt as you like. Store in small glass jars to prevent stains on plastic containers.  This recipe is roughly the equivalent of a single store-bought packet of taco seasoning, but feel free to make a larger batch to scoop and use whenever you like or to increase or decrease depending how many you are cooking for. Make a large batch and use it for spice jar gifts too. Spice jars make perfect Christmas presents or hostess gifts and will be a big hit in a student care package!

 

Why homemade taco seasoning?

Better for you and your family

With homemade seasoning, you cut out all the additives, preservatives and coloring. You can keep salt / sodium to the level that you are happy with for your family too. If you don’t like too much spice, you can keep down the chilli quantity and make a milder taco seasoning. Prefer a more smoky seasoning? No problem – just swap the salt for smoked salt or increase the quantity of smoked paprika.

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