Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Whole Spice Old Bay Seasoning Mix

This is the recipe to use when you want to take the time to use whole spices. No matter when you buy ground spices, they are never as pungent or fragrant as fresh, simply because they have been sitting in the factory, in transit, and in the grocery store. The amounts are slightly different in this recipe to accommodate that fact. For a recipe using ground spices, please see Old Bay Seasoning Mix.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 tablespoons


  • 4 whole bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 allspice berry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace


Combine all ingredients in spice grinder. Grind until finely ground. Store tightly covered in dark cool place in airtight container. You can vary the spice amounts according to your taste. Take a sniff of this mixture when it's done and add more of any of the ingredients. You can also add cardamom and nutmeg to this blend if you'd like.

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