I love my Homemade Herbamare so much that I decided to include it with a few Christmas gifts this year. (Shhh!)
What’s so great about Homemade Herbamare?
- It tastes great, especially on meat. (Try Whole Chicken in the Crockpot or Marinated Steak Bites). A friend claims she uses it on “everything” now, including salmon and scrambled eggs.
- It’s healthy. My version contains Redmond’s Real Salt, which is very nutritious (as opposed to regular table salt, which is terrible for you!). It also contains organic herbs. (See below). It does NOT contain MSG or any other undesirable ingredients.
- It’s frugal. (See below).
Thrifty Gifting Ideas:
- 2-packs of glass salt and pepper shakers can be found for $1.00 at dollar stores, Walmart and maybe elsewhere. The 2-pack of shakers pictured above cost $.97 at Walmart; they hold 3 oz. each.
- Small (4 oz. or 1/2 cup) “golden harvest” shaker jars resembling mini-canning jars with handles (pictured at the top of this post) are available for $1.00 at Walmart.
- Recycle your own empty, glass spice jars.
- Use any kind of glass jar! Check craft stores, dollar stores, thrift stores, etc for an endless variety of fun containers.
- Make your own tags or purchase pre-made cuties. Some of you are super-creative with things like this; the possibilities are endless! I happen to be in “good enough” mode at the moment, so I won’t even show you the ones I’m using. They’re colorful, die-cut, chipboard tags from my scrapbooking supplies. I just wrote “Homemade Herbamare Seasoning Salt (recipes at YankeeHomestead.com).” I plan to tie them around the top of the jar with raffia.
- Include recipe cards, printed or handwritten.
Where to find the ingredients:
- I order my Real Salt from Vitacost, especially when they’re running a %-off sale. I usually pay about $5 for a 26 oz. bag.
- The organic herbs come from Moutain Rose Herbs, in bulk. The prices (even with shipping costs) are much better than what I’d pay for individual jars of organic spices at the grocery store. [NOTE: When placing an order with Moutain Rose Herbs, I also order the ingredients and supplies for these two recipes: Hard Lotion Bars and Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup. Have you tried them?]
- View the single recipe here.
- Tripling this recipe will fill (6) 4-oz. mini-canning jars with handles, like the one pictured directly above, and (11) 3-oz. salt-and-pepper shakers.
- For the tripled recipe, you will use almost one full 26-oz. bag of Real Salt.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend well:
- 3 cups sea salt
- 1-1/2 cup dried parsley
- 2 TB onion powder
- 1 TB garlic powder
- 1 TB oregano
- 1 TB sage
- 1 TB basil
- 1-1/2 teaspoon dill weed
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