Homemade Seasoning Powder

Homemade seasoning powder

I’m a huge fan of modern conveniences, and every day I wake up happy of the luck of having been born at a time when science and technology have allowed me to live and survive in relative comfort.

This hasn’t blinded me to the things that we would have been better off not changing. The one closest to my heart is the way we eat: each day more synthetic, more industrial.

Homemade seasoning powder

Fortunately a lot of our daily food is still made from fresh, natural ingredients. The vast majority of Dominicans still chop their onions and crush their garlic every day. We still use dry or fresh pulses and legumes. Good for us! And even if I am not here to criticize anyone’s tastes (“people who live in glass houses” and all that jazz…), I like to write our recipes in a way that encourages people to eat more naturally, healthier.

We choose ingredients not only on the basis of flavor, but also with an eye on their nutritional value and quality. That’s how we eat at home. We have nothing against the occasional use of convenience products, but they are best chosen with a careful reading of the ingredients, and we don’t make a habit of it.

Homemade seasoning powder

I know that it’s often all a matter of time, but with a little investment of time, and even less money than industrial seasonings, we can end up with a superior product. Made at home from ingredients we can spell. I swear that the constant use of all these all-purpose seasonings accomplish little more than dulling the taste. It’s like using an axe where a scalpel is required.

Homemade seasoning powder

Another reason to make this seasoning powder is to save a bunch of herbs from ending in the trash. I don’t like wasting food. Once you see how easy it is to make this you too will be loath to pay for seasoning powder. Homemade is best.

Aunt Clara
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What to do with herbs that are going bad? This seasoning powder (dominican sazon) solves that and helps shorten preparation time of some dishes.
Serves: 1 cup (aprox.)
  • A bunch of cilantro
  • A bunch of parsley
  • A bunch of thyme
  • 3 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 2 large onions, cut into very thin slices
  • 2 head of garlic, the cloves cut into very thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of whole peppercorns
  1. Place the parsley, thyme, cilantro, oregano, onion and garlic on a baking tray.
  2. Dry in the oven at 180 ºF (or lowest temperature your oven reaches) for one hour, or until all the ingredients are dry.
  3. Remove from the oven and get rid of the oregano and thyme twigs, leaving only the dry leaves.
  4. Mix with peppercorns and salt and pulse in the food processor until it turns into the desired consistency.
  5. Save in a tight-fitting lid jar in a fresh and dry spot.
  6. Use to season beans, pulses, fish and meats.
Do you have any other herb at hand (leek, chives, culantro, etc.)? Throw them in too!
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  • Catherine Tactuk November 20, 2013, 7:02 PM

    Oh wow, and here I was packing up big pots of seasoning every time I traveled to DR! I have all the ingredients fresh in my garden, now that know I can “dry” them so easily, I’m sure going to give this a try. Thanks a lot tia Clara!

  • Boniche October 15, 2013, 11:33 PM

    I used to buy sazon ranchero, not anymore, with this I can make my own healthy version. Thank you.!

  • Jennifer December 9, 2012, 2:16 PM

    I am guilty of using sazon, adobo, and other powder mixes to season my food. I would love to make this seasoning mix. I am wondering how much of it you would use when cooking.

    Have you posted a recipe where you have used this mix yet?

  • Amanda October 24, 2012, 3:01 PM

    Can’t wait to try this seasoning mix. Do you have any favorite recipes you think I should try with it?

    • Aunt Clara October 24, 2012, 4:21 PM

      I’ll add one soon.

      • Amanda November 13, 2012, 2:32 PM

        Thank you! Let us know when you post it. I’d love to share with friends.

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