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It’s Wednesday night and you’re midway through cooking dinner when you realize you’re missing the particular seasoning mix the recipe requires. You could make an emergency grocery run — or you could create a blend of your own.

Store-bought spice packets tend to be high in sodium, and many contain sweeteners or anticaking agents. You can avoid those additives by making a blend yourself, and you can tweak the ratios to suit your tastes.

Each of these recipes makes about 3 tablespoons. Simply whisk herbs and spices in a small bowl until combined. Use immediately, or store in a sealed jar for up to three months. None of these blends includes salt, so don’t forget to salt your dish to taste before serving.

1. Garam Masala

1 tbs. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. ground cardamom
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2. Italian Seasoning

1 tbs. dried oregano
2 tsp. dried marjoram
2 tsp. dried thyme
1½ tsp. dried basil
3/4 tsp. dried rosemary
3/4 tsp. dried sage

3. Taco Seasoning

1 tbs. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
3/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

4. Poultry Seasoning

1 tbs. dried sage
2½ tsp. dried thyme
1½ tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

This article originally appeared in the May 2020 print issue of Experience LifeLife Time’s whole-life health and fitness magazine.

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