10 DIY Rubs, Seasonings, And Spice Mixes Every Home Cook Needs

Wonder why your chicken curry never tastes like the curry at your favorite Indian haunt or your North African lamb tagine is just missing something? It may be your spice blend.

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When you think of food that metaphorically smacks you in the face with flavor — real Southern barbecue, Moroccan food, French Provence cooking, even the beloved/maligned PSL — all of those foods have a blend of balanced spices behind that intense flavor. If you are going to take the time and effort to lovingly prepare these foods, why settle for stale, packaged spices?

What makes your favorite, intensely-flavored dishes go from good to exceptional are the ingredients, and if you want to take the time, you too can achieve that rich, balanced, unique flavor you desire. The only tools required are a sauté pan and a spice grinder.

Toast your spices until fragrant, and then grind them down into the fine powder for rubbing, tossing, and seasoning your favorite foods and dishes. Then, store your spice blends in an airtight container in a cool, dry location. Your blends will last about one to two years, and any whole spices you have leftover will keep for up to four years properly stored.

For more information, read on for our pick of 10 DIY rubs, seasonings, and spice mixes we think every cook should keep on hand, and how to cook them.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet  @angelaccarlos.