Saturday, February 13, 2010

Making your Own Seasoning Mixes

Save money by making your own Ready-Made Mixes:

Salt Mix:
Mix together 1/2 lb Kosher salt, 1 c. ground black pepper, 1/2 c. garlic salt & 1/2 c. ground thyme. Keep mixture in a pretty jar by your stove. This is especially good on meats. Try it on steak before grilling.

Garlic Butter:
1 lb. butter, 2 bulbs chopped garlic, 1 c. chopped fresh parsley, 1 tsp. salt, juice of one lemon. Mix & whip this all together in a food processor. Be sure the butter is at room temperature to whip easily. With a melon ball, make small balls & put on cookie sheets & freeze. After freezing, remove and store in a Baggie in the freezer. Use as needed by removing one or two balls. This is wonderful on Garlic Bread (just bring to room temperature or melt in the microwave) spread on french bread & bake.
Also good just dropped into a pot of simmering pasta sauce, or alone to coat fresh pasta.
Melt in pan and add shrimp to make Shrimp Scampi or add some white wine & cook Scallops.
Try it over vegetables after cooking.
Delightful after broiling a steak, just set a ball on top of each steak & let melt.

Butter Flour Balls:
Take equal parts butter & flour & whip in the food processor. Form into balls & freeze on cookie sheets. Remove & store in plastic bags. The next time you need a white sauce, just remove as many balls as you want, melt in a pot, after melting, add salt & pepper, a dash of hot sauce, & dry mustard (if desired) then slowly add milk or cream while stirring with a whip. In just a matter of minutes you will have a nice think white sauce. Just add Parmesean cheese or other grated cheese for a cheese sauce or pasta sauce (Alfredo Sauce).

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