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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning

Do you love the flavor of Bay Leaves in your food? Learn how to make Penzy's Bay Leaf Seasoning! One of the most versatile seasonings to keep on hand in your kitchen! If you love the flavor of bay leaves in your recipes, you will love this seasoning mix.

Years ago Penzy's Ltd made a wonderful seasoning called 
Bay Leaf Seasoning. And then they stopped...I don't know why they stopped, but they did. Then one day when I went to the spice drawer to pull out the Bay Leaf Seasoning the jar was empty. I closed the drawer and made a mental note, to stop at Penzy's Outlet Store on the way home from work. 

That night after work when I got to the outlet store, I learned the sad truth. Penzy's no longer made Bay Leaf Seasoning...I went ahead and picked up the other items I needed, but a new jar of Bay Leaf Seasoning was not one of them!  When I returned home, I was glad I kept the empty spice jar, because the label listed the ingredients by weight. 


Now, I am no chemist, but I picked up some bay leaves, hoping I could re-create the blend. Using the ingredients list I set about putting together my best guess concoction of what I believed to be Bay Leaf Seasoning. Ironically when I placed my homemade mixture into the jar, the jar was filled to the top. It sure looked like Penzy's Bay Leaf Seasoning, and I was hoping that it tasted like Bay Leaf Seasoning...

Being a fairly positive person, I decided to take the full jar as an omen, and proceeded to get some cooking done! I freely admit my nose does a much better job of detecting subtle flavor differences, than my taste buds. But it definitely passed the sniff test. And as it turned out, my homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning is pretty darn good and has been my stand-in now for over a decade. 

The label lists the ingredients in order of weight, so I calculated them by guess and by golly (and a few decades of cooking experience!)  to be the list I offer below.  

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • bay leaves
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • dried onion
  • oregano
  • ground pepper
  • garlic salt
  • salt
You will also need the following:
  • coffee/spice grinder
  • measuring spoons
  • storage jar
Now we are ready to begin!

How to make Bay Leaf Seasoning, just like Penzy's!
Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning

Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning, like Penzeys!
by the seat of my pants!

1/2 oz bag bay leaves
2 T thyme leaves
2 T rosemary leaves
1 T basil leaves
1 T dried onion
1 T oregano
1/2 t ground pepper
2 T garlic salt
1 T plain salt

Place the bay leaves in the grinder and process until ground. Add remaining and process until powdery. It looks like the real thing, smells like the real thing, and surprisingly tastes very (very!) close to the real thing. Happy cooking, use anywhere bay leaves are called for. 

Storage options for Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning. Store in a covered spice jar or another small jar for up to one year. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning has been included below. 
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Printable "copy and paste" version:


Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning, like Penzeys!
by the seat of my pants!

1/2 oz bag bay leaves
2 T thyme leaves
2 T rosemary leaves
1 T basil leaves
1 T dried onion
1 T oregano
1/2 t ground pepper
2 T garlic salt
1 T plain salt

Place the bay leaves in the grinder and process until ground. Add remaining and process until powdery. It looks like the real thing, smells like the real thing, and surprisingly tastes very (very!) close to the real thing. Happy cooking, use anywhere bay leaves are called for. 

Storage options for Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning. Store in a covered spice jar or another small jar for up to one year. 

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