A typical spice rack comes pre-loaded with basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and garlic powder — in other words, all of the seasonings necessary to prepare a basic Italian dish.
However, many of us also own a container of Italian seasoning blend, which probably contains little more than the herbs and spices already taking up real estate on our countertops and in our cupboards.
So why own them both?
Some would argue that purchasing seasoning blends can save time and money, which might be true for folks who don’t cook frequently. But for those whose spice racks already are groaning with dozens of little jars, a lot of seasoning blends are just one more $5 to $10 expenditure, one more jar to cram into the rack and one more source of unwanted sodium.
“Maybe some of the herb blends don’t have a lot of salt in them,” said chef Jeff Bland with US Foodservice, “but the spice rubs probably have quite a bit.”
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Do you rely mostly on seasoning blends for some particular reason or do you usually season your dishes piecemeal? Do you know of a blend I forgot or have a better way of making one? Let us know!