How to Make Homemade Poultry Seasoning
How to Make Poultry Seasoning
For many people, poultry seasoning stays in the cupboard until Thanksgiving. But there's no reason this flavorful and versatile seasoning should only be used once a year. Traditional dried poultry seasonings will last several years while fresh herb poultry seasonings can add intense fresh flavor to your dishes. Learn how to incorporate any poultry seasoning into your daily cooking for a quick flavor boost!
For a Traditional Poultry Seasoning
1 tablespoon of dried ground sage
1 tablespoon of dried ground thyme
1 tablespoon of dried ground marjoram
1 teaspoon of dried ground rosemary
1 teaspoon of crushed celery seed
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
For a Fresh Herb Poultry Seasoning
3 tablespoons of finely chopped thyme
3 tablespoons of finely chopped rosemary
3 tablespoons of finely chopped sage
1 tablespoons of finely chopped marjoram
1⁄2 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Making a Traditional Poultry Seasoning
Get your supplies and ingredients.Gather a small bowl, a storage jar or container for your poultry seasoning, a small whisk, and a set of measuring spoons. This traditional dried poultry seasoning recipe will make about 1/4 cup. Most recipes calling for poultry seasoning will only require a teaspoon or two, so you'll make more than you might need with this recipe.
- If your spices are dried or lumpy, you may need to replace them with fresher spices. Taste and smell the spices. If they're still flavorful, you may just want to sift them.
Mix the dried poultry seasoning.Place all of your dried ingredients into the small bowl and use the whisk to thoroughly combine the seasoning. Once the spices are combined, your poultry seasoning is ready to store or use. You'll need to measure out and combine:
- 1 tablespoon of dried ground sage
- 1 tablespoon of dried ground thyme
- 1 tablespoon of dried ground marjoram
- 1 teaspoon of dried ground rosemary
- 1 teaspoon of crushed celery seed
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
Use your dried poultry seasoning.Poultry seasoning is famously rubbed on turkey before roasting it. You could also rub it on chicken or capons before roasting them. If using the traditional dried seasoning, drizzle a little olive oil over the meat and sprinkle 1 or 2 teaspoons of the dried seasoning over the poultry. Use your hands to evenly rub the seasoning across the entire turkey or chicken. Cook the poultry according to your specific recipe.
- You may need more or less seasoning, depending on the size of your turkey or chicken.
Store the dried seasoning.Cover the seasoning with a tight-fitting lid or transfer your dried seasoning to an airtight container. Spices and seasonings can last several years if stored away from heat and light. But you should still try to make poultry seasoning in small amounts so you use it quickly.
- If you'd like your poultry seasoning to stay even fresher for longer, consider purchasing whole spices to grind yourself.
Making Fresh Herb Poultry Seasoning
Get your spices, herbs, and supplies.You'll need a small bowl that holds about 8 ounces, a storage jar or container for your poultry seasoning, a spoon or whisk, a set of measuring spoons, a sharp knife, and a cutting board. This fresh herb poultry seasoning will make around 3/4 of a cup.
- Since the flavor of fresh herbs isn't as concentrated as in dried herbs, you'll need to use more of the fresh seasoning than you would of dried poultry seasoning.
Chop the fresh herbs.Rinse the herbs and remove the stems since they can be woody or tough. Place them on a cutting board. Carefully chop the fresh herbs using a sharp knife until they are fine. You'll need to chop:
- 3 tablespoons of thyme
- 3 tablespoons of rosemary
- 3 tablespoons of sage
- 1 tablespoons of marjoram
Mix the fresh poultry seasoning.Place the fresh herbs in the small bowl along with the other spices. Use the spoon or whisk to combine the seasoning. Your seasoning is now ready to store or use. You'll need to combine the fresh chopped herbs with:
- 1⁄2 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of celery seed
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Store the fresh poultry seasoning.Cover the seasoning with a tight-fitting lid or transfer your fresh herb seasoning to an airtight container. Since the herbs are fresh, you'll need to use them quickly or they'll begin to lose their flavor. Try to use this seasoning as soon as you make it.
- If you need to make the seasoning ahead of time, you can refrigerate it up to 3 days.
Use your fresh herb seasoning.Drizzle a turkey or large chicken with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply all of the fresh herb seasoning and rub it all over the meat using your hands. You should have a heavy coating of the seasoning evenly distributed across the poultry. Cook the turkey or chicken according to your specific recipe.
- You'll need to use all of the seasoning since fresh herbs aren't as concentrated in flavor as dried herbs.
- You can also use the seasoning when cooking individual pieces of poultry.
Using Poultry Seasoning in Everyday Cooking
Season your soups and casseroles.If you find yourself always reaching for plain salt and pepper to seasoning your soups or casseroles, spice things up by using poultry seasoning. Place the poultry seasoning in a spice jar so you can shake just a little into whatever you're cooking. Taste the food and continue to add the seasoning until you've gotten the flavor you're looking for.
- Poultry seasoning works especially well if you're using something that already has a base of chicken stock or chicken broth.
Make stuffing.Stuffing is another popular dish that relies heavily on poultry seasoning. Follow your recipe's instructions for using a dried or fresh poultry seasoning. Since many stuffing recipes contain raw egg, it can be difficult to taste the stuffing and adjust seasonings before cooking. Instead, get close to the stuffing and take a deep breath. If you can't smell the poultry seasoning, add more.
- Stuffing can be flavorless and boring if you don't have enough poultry seasoning to give it flavor.
Use poultry seasoning for marinades and sauces.If you're marinating any chicken or poultry dish, add a few shakes of poultry seasoning. It will help to bring out any flavors you've already added to the meat. You can also season marinades or sauces for barbecued chicken.
- Many barbecued chicken marinades rely on a mixture of poultry seasoning, vinegar, oil, egg, and salt and pepper.
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